American contemporary, Award Winners, Cross over, Good Books for Boys, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, YA

There’s a New John in YA: Where Things Come Back Review

John Corey Whaley has a touch of John Green about him: hugely talented (and handsome) young male author who has incredible insight into modern teenagehood. His debut novel was one of the most highly touted and decorated books of 2011, winning both the Printz and The William C. Morris, in addition to gracing many other shortlists.… Continue reading There’s a New John in YA: Where Things Come Back Review

American contemporary, Cross over, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Summer Reads, YA

Two Girls on the Verge: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone Review

I read this book because John Green told me to. Well not personally, but in this very glowing, very public blog post. Literary teen fiction is one of my fail-safe genres as you can pretty much guarantee that "literary teen fiction" translates to "well-written poignant coming of age story." The title sounds a little like… Continue reading Two Girls on the Verge: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone Review

Good Books for Boys, Positive Gay Characters, YA

Double Your Reading Pleasure: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

If you have any interest at all in YA, or are planning on writing YA, you must read this book. Reading this book is akin to taking a master class in YA literature. David Levithan is not only the co-writer of such cult-turned-iconic works as Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, but he is also a Scholastic… Continue reading Double Your Reading Pleasure: Will Grayson, Will Grayson