20702546Title: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
Author: Isabel Quintero
Series: N/A
Recommended for: High Schoolers
Pages: 284
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Quintero, I

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Okay, this cover is horrible, but the story is fantastic. The winner of the 2015 Morris award, this is a book everyone is talking about and it’s very easy to see why. Gabi has one of the most authentic voices I’ve read in a long time. It was easy to forget that I was reading a story and not a real 17 year old’s diary. This is a book does leans older due to language and some of the topics handled such as rape, drug addiction, and sex. The grace that Quintero handle topics like being a fat girl, “boys will be boys”, and what makes a “good” girl is not something I’ve seen often, if at all, in YA books. This may take a bit of hand selling, but it’s something that every teen girl should be reading.


I have nothing but good things to say about this one. (And I do have a longer post, if you want to read all the reasons I loved it.)

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Seeker
Recommended for: 7th grade & up
Pages: 448
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Dayton, A 

Synopsis: The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.

But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

And now it’s too late to walk away.

Okay, so I liked this one, but there are tons of people who haven’t. They find the settings, timeline, and details confusing. So, for the casual reader, this one may be out. This may change once the movie is made, but YA movies can be a bit of a hit/miss so we’ll see. I do think those who read fantasy, especially high fantasy, will have no problems. The concept is quite intriguing and will keep most readers interested. There will be some reading between the lines, but most questions are unraveled as the story progresses. However, even though many questions are answered, many others are left in their place. I’ll also mention the weird/slightly icky romance/interest with Shinobu for Quin. They’re supposed to be third cousins, so only distantly related but still a bit eh. But considering Clare pushed the boundaries w/the sibling aspect, teens may not care. (Also, if you prefer to read my longer ramblings check out this post)

Read-a-likes:  (taking on the female-warrior/assassin aspect) 
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

20527879-196x295Title: They All Fall Down
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Series: N/A
Recommended for: High School
Pages: 341
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction St Claire, R.

Synopsis: Kenzie Sumerall just found out she’s on the the list. The list of the top ten Veinna High Juniors who are “hotties”. Unsure how she made the list at all, let alone be fifth, Kenzie tries to brush away the extra attention brought on by the list. She could care less about all the parties or the power the list brings. All she wants is to continue on as normal and hopefully get into Columbia. However, any hope of that is shattered when the girls from the list starting dying one by one. Fluke accidents that seem just a little too suspicious. Could the theory that the list is cursed be true or something more sinister going on? And more importantly, can Kenzie figure it out before she’s next…

I was ultimately disappointed in this book. The concept was rather silly, but it was fast paced and full of action. One I could totally see reluctant readers running with. However, the slut shaming that’s included is ridiculous. It’s unnecessary and doesn’t add to the story at all. Instead it demeans girls for either being sexual or how they wear their eyeliner. I would have loved to have taken this one to the schools, but the slut shaming made that not possible. I would be extremely careful when recommending this one. (I did write up more on this for my blog, if you want to see the full post.)

21490991Title: Boy in the Black Suit
Author: Jason Reynolds
Series: N/A
Recommended for: High School
Pages: 255 pages
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Reynolds

High school senior, Matt, has just lost his mom. A fact that both he and his dad are both trying to get used to. While his father finds his answers at the bottom of a bottle, Matt searches for his in other ways. One of them is the new gig he just picked up with Mr. Ray’s funeral home. You’d think that would be the last place he’d want to be, but he find solace in attending the funerals. A certain peace in knowing that he’s not alone in his grieving. But then he meets Love, a girl who doesn’t grieve like the others. A girl who seems to have it all figured out. Will Love be the key to Matt’s healing…or could she end up being so much more?

I really liked this book a lot. I love watching Matt grow and seeing how Love changed him and forced him to think a little differently. Also, love that it shows different economic situations. And that it showed teens who volunteer because they care, not just to pad their college resume/fulfill high school requirements. I don’t know that I would say it’s a love story per say, but it does revolve around Matt and Love a lot. However, it is really more about grief and healing than anything else.


The Almost Truth The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook
Place on Hold

When a teenaged con artist realizes that she looks like an age-enhanced photo of a missing child, she decides to pull the ultimate con–until she begins to suspect she may actually be the missing child.

My Thoughts: I couldn’t put the book down.  I kept trying to figure out if Sadie was the missing child, but every time I thought I had it figured out the author would put a plausible  reason for the incident.

Final Verdict: Thumbs up



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