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Review of Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good

Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good  by Nancy Werlin High School    Candlewick    352 pp.    g  4/21    978-1-5362-1473-4    $17.99  Zoe Rosenthal is a rule follower and a planner, attached to her bullet journal (whose pages are interspersed). She’s a devoted girlfriend, hoping to attend the same college as her boyfriend. And she’s a fan...

Review of Between Perfect and Real

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve  High School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.    g  4/21    978-1-4197-4601-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-951-7    $15.54  Until senior year, seventeen-year-old Dean had identified as a “tomboy lesbian” but now increasingly identifies as a guy. When a forward-looking theater teacher casts him as Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet, Dean, who...

Review of Pumpkin

Pumpkin  by Julie Murphy  High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g  5/21    978-0-06-288045-1    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-0-06-288047-5    $11.99  Waylon Brewer does not fit in at Clover City High School. He’s fat; he’s gay; and he loves drag, particularly a drag-competition TV show called Fiercest of Them All. But no one, not...

Review of Kate in Waiting

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    400 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-06-264383-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-264385-8    $10.99 Kate and her best guy friend Anderson are obsessed with musical theater — and also, frequently, with the same boys. At summer theater camp, they both crush on gorgeous...

Review of Starfish

Starfish by Lisa Fipps Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    256 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-9848-1450-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-1451-7    $10.99 Since she was five, Ellie (now eleven) has lived by a list of Fat Girl Rules: “Make yourself small”; “Move slowly so / your fat doesn’t jiggle”; “When you hear laughter, /...

Review of Super Fake Love Song

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon High School    Putnam    368 pp.    g 11/20    978-1-98481-223-0    $18.99 Sunny Dae and his friends are the “nerd caste” (and also “42.85714286 percent of the entire nonwhite population”) at their suburban Los Angeles high school. They are, after all, the hosts of a web...

Review of The Passover Guest

The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel; illus. by Sean Rubin Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-8234-4562-2    $18.99 This reimagining of I. L. Peretz’s 1904 Yiddish story “Der Kunzen-Macher” (“The Magician”) follows Muriel, a young girl living in Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression. On the first night of Passover,...

Review of Love Is for Losers

Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann High School    Farrar    352 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-374-31397-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-31398-2    $9.99 “I hate people,” declares fifteen-year-old Phoebe, and perhaps with good reason: her mother abruptly left her (again) to care for sick people in Syria (“Mum’s a doctor first and a...

The Fault in Our Stars movie review

Last year, we teamed up to write “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?”, and much of our answer to that question was based on the epically beloved, critically acclaimed 2012 novel, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. What we both loved so much about this damn-near perfect...

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