Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

by Andrea Bledsoe King           I have always loved Ellen Hopkins’ novels, starting with her first YA novel, Crank, which was loosely based on her own daughter’s addiction to crystal meth. Because Hopkins has experienced this

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

by Cybil Orhan     Written by the adept Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood is about a man, named Toru Watanabe and his coming of age. He recalls his life from being seventeen years to twenty-one. He was shattered

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

by Emma Hyndman It’s unsettling to dive into a science-fiction book about a dystopian future set in 2026 when it’s only eight years away. Written in 1993, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower presents a sobering look at a not-so-distant

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

by Andrea K. For my African-American review, I decided to read a popular YA author. I had never read any of Jacqueline Woodson’s books but I was very impressed with the book, If You Come Softly. The main characters are

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet

by Claudia Rojas Aja Monet’s My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter came into my life after someone spoke the words “So you like poetry? Read this.” At that point, the collection was in my hands before I could blink away

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

by Andrea K. When I was first asked to review my favorite YA novel, I thought to myself, “What an easy assignment! I got this!” Until it wasn’t easy, and I didn’t have it…  The fact of the matter is

Book Review: Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

by Andrea K. Let me just say I am in love with this book! The characters are so realistic and have such so much pain in their teenage lives; I just want to hug both of them. Timothy was born

Book Review: Be A Star by Malique Washington

by Jessica Starks This book is a testament to all grandchildren to appreciate their grandparents and love them while they are still around. Be A Star is a book completely filled with love and is undeniably a passion project. A

Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

by Claudia Rojas Stargirl is the typical boy-meets-girl story with the least of typical girls. Spinelli’s characters are often beautiful wonders; here, readers will not be disappointed, as they meet home-schooled, bright sunshine, Susan Caraway. The novel gives young readers

Book Review: Who Am I Without Him by Sharon G. Flake

by Darnnell Reese This book is easy to read with very short stories/chapters. The characters are all relatable to just about every kind of kid you’ve seen or known in junior high school. Each character has an insecurity within themselves