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September 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A story of hope, redemption and second chances!

It seems repetitive to mention the need for books like these when I was a youth--but I can still see this same need for African American young adults today--a story that features an African American main character not lost in tragedy or highlighted in negative stereotypes associated with blackness--or being...

August 19, 2018 (Updated: August 19, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
2.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Amelia Bedelia Digs In

Geared towards 7-8-year-olds, a bit of this content will go over their heads, told in a voice that seems older than its main character and its intended audience. This may not work for all children. Summer is another time for another adventure for Amelia Bedelia. Summer vacation...

August 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth

A rather quick read with a quick solve, King and Kayla told from the perspective of the dog, King, will excite readers with the quick-to-solve mystery and the wildly excitable pup, this will be a great read for chapter book level readers—and those transitioning into it. King...

April 25, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
And She Was

If the authors intention was to help non-transgendered peoples understand transgendered people, I think that was accomplished. I believe she did her very best and with good intention to help bridge the gap, between transgendered persons, and the ignorance of non-transgendered persons. ...

April 17, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Poet X

The Poet X felt like coming home. I felt the presence of the bodegas as if I walked by them with my own two feet. I could almost hear the music, that plays from the speakers of a car that sits on the corner of the block--while the guys man...

April 16, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Miles Away From You

Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move...

March 27, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1)

What a read. This book grabs you in a choke hold, and does not let go until the very last page. Reminiscent of Alice in Zombieland, Dread Nation is the Walking Dead, immediately post slavery. Jane McKeene, is a black girl during the most...

March 15, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
All Of This Is True

This book is like a really wild night on twitter. YA twitter. Wildly original, thoroughly engrossing, All of This is True did not come to play. Told in a series of alternating points of view, through emails, interviews, and journal entries--All of This...

March 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Missing at 17

Missing at 17 reads as the lifetime movie it’s mentioned to emulate. The title and cover are misleading in that they give you this idea—that you’re going to read a story about a girl/guy that’s gone missing—not quite! The story is a tale...

March 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Final Six

With a thrilling concept, a romance to root for, and teens attempting to save the world, The Final Six--has all the makings of a great novel. In The Final Six, teens are hand-picked from all over the world, for a space project. A project in which...

February 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
This Tiny Perfect World

Things that worked: The small town setting. Although it felt restrictive to the main character, a small town story often feels homey and quaint. The love triangle: It was less about the who will she choose, and more about what each person represented in both the story...

January 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

I think the author wrote this book with his tears--and I don't say that to be funny. This book is sad, like really sad. I'm not quite sure what the author's goal was here--but if it was to make me feel sad, for a person and/or...

January 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Devils & Thieves

The motorcycle club aspect: As a fan of Sons of Anarchy--I love the motorcycle club culture--toss in the magic and I was sold. The family dynamics--This was a tight familial unit--every part moved together with a purpose. Even when there was a spat, they stuck together. ...

January 23, 2018 (Updated: January 23, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Calling My Name

I can hear the voices of some of the greatest African American writers echoing in the voice of Liara Tamani's debut novel, Calling My Name. Reading Calling My Name had me reminiscing not only on some of those books I've read, by the aforementioned authors--but reminiscing of...

November 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Road tripping with a purpose, Good and Bad is a journey, the reader won't soon forget. Lexi's brother, Charlie, is in a slump. One day he was away at school, the next, he's a permanent fixture in the house, on the couch, and in every crevice...

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