Jessica Tackett MacDonald

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Review of I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Wayby Gayle FormanHigh School    Viking    258 pp.    g3/18    978-0-425-29077-4    $18.99A chance meeting leads to intimate connections for three struggling nineteen-year-olds in Forman’s (If I Stay, rev. 7/09; I Was Here, rev. 1/15) latest novel. Freya is an up-and-coming singer who has lost her voice, to her...

Review of The Fashion Committee

The Fashion Committee: A Novel of Art, Crime, and Applied Designby Susan JubyHigh School    Viking    311 pp.5/17    978-0-451-46878-9    $18.99From the world of artsy teens in small-town British Columbia first introduced in Juby’s The Truth Commission (rev. 3/15) comes another sly, boldly narrated contemporary tale. Two public high school students —...

Review of When My Sister Started Kissing

When My Sister Started Kissingby Helen FrostIntermediate, Middle School    Ferguson/Farrar    195 pp.3/17    978-0-374-30303-7    $16.99    gClaire and Abigail have few memories of their mother — she died when they were very young — but at their family’s lakeside cabin, the girls are surrounded by the poetry,...

Review of We Come Apart

We Come Apartby Brian Conaghan and Sarah CrossanHigh School    Bloomsbury    312 pp.    g6/17    978-1-68119-275-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-276-5    $12.99Two troubled UK teens forge an unlikely romance in this novel in verse. Jess, a jaded tough girl, nicked some cosmetics with friends who let her take...

Review of Ask Me How I Got Here

Ask Me How I Got Hereby Christine HeppermannHigh School    Greenwillow    229 pp.5/16    978-0-06-238795-0    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-238797-4    $9.99Catholic-school sophomore Addie loves running cross-country, writing poetry, and having sex with her thoughtful, artsy new boyfriend, Nick. Then Addie gets pregnant. Her decision to have an abortion is unwavering, and she has...

Review of Flannery

Flanneryby Lisa MooreHigh School    Groundwood    272 pp.5/16    978-1-55498-076-5    $16.95e-book ed.  978-1-55498-873-0    $16.95Sixteen-year-old Flannery has a lot on her plate: she can’t afford her biology textbook (in fact, her free-spirited artist mother can’t even pay the utility bill), and her best friend Amber is unhealthily obsessed with a sketchy new boyfriend....

Review of The Walls Around Us

The Walls Around Usby Nova Ren SumaHigh School   Algonquin   321 pp.3/15   978-1-61620-372-6   $17.95   ge-book ed. 978-1-61620-486-0   $17.95Orianna Speerling — the so-called “Bloody Ballerina” — is just fifteen when she is convicted of murdering two rival dancers. A month after her sentence begins, all forty-two girls interned at the Aurora Hills...

Review of I Was Here

I Was Hereby Gayle FormanHigh School    Viking    272 pp.1/15    978-0-451-47147-5    $18.99    gMeg Garcia is brilliant and passionate — a standout in her dead-end Washington State hometown and a constant in best friend Cody’s unstable life. But just months after escaping to college on a prestigious scholarship, Meg checks into a...

Review of Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

Two Girls Staring at the Ceilingby Lucy FrankMiddle School, High School    Schwartz & Wade/Random    261 pp.8/14    978-0-307-97974-2    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-307-97975-9    $19.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-307-97976-6    $9.99A high-strung teenager faces the emotional consequences of chronic illness in this poignant novel in verse. Narrator Francesca is having a magical night with a summer...

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