Reviews and Blog Posts: coming of age

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Paperboy

by Vince Vawter

Reviewer Rating:
5

Paperboy is a thought provoking coming-of-age novel.    In Memphis 1959, an 11-year-old boy takes over his friend’s paper route.  This is really difficult because the boy has a hard time talking.  He stutters.  Over the course of the summer, the boy experiences difficulties in his own life and the lives...

The universe versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence

Reviewer Rating:
4

Alex Woods hasn't had a typical life. Struck in the head by a meteor at age 10, he developed epilepsy. He's bookish and a target for bullies at school, and finds his friends elsewhere--in the scientist who first examined "his" meteor, in his neurologist, and, by chance, in Mr. Peterson,...

Why can't I be you

by Allie Larkin

Reviewer Rating:
4

If you immediately get the song by The Cure in your head and remember high school, this book will feel very familiar to you. Jenny Shaw has spent her life side stepping familial disasters and Making The Right Decisions. It’s left her feeling out of touch with who she really...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Fat Angie

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Reviewer Rating:
4

After so many years of being called Fat Angie, Angie can only think of herself this way. Years of abuse by classmates and neglect and cruelty by her family, added on to the fact that she's the only one who believes her sister, a soldier taken hostage during the Iraq...

Starting from here

by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Reviewer Rating:
4

Colby is 16, and she's known a lot of loss in her life. Her mother died a few years ago, and her dad is home from his cross country trucking job only a few times a month. Her girlfriend dumped her for a guy. She's not doing well in school....

Ask the passengers : a novel

by A. S. (Amy Sarig) King

Reviewer Rating:
4

Astrid is searching—for herself, for somewhere for her love to go, for all sorts of answers.  The folks in her small town thrive on gossip and putting people in boxes. Astrid doesn’t want a box, she wants possibilities. She sends her love to the people in passing airplanes because no...

17 again

Reviewer Rating:
4

I've found another guilty pleasure movie! 17 Again is a fresh take on the old "grown-up suddenly becomes teenager" theme. Matthew Perry plays Mike, a washed-up, soon-to-be-divorced father who suddenly, you guessed it, is 17 again, and looks just like Zac Efron. The twist here is that...

The age of miracles : a novel

by Karen Thompson Walker

Reviewer Rating:
5

Sometimes, the disaster that could end the world isn't a meteor, or zombies, or a deadly virus. Something that we all take for granted, like the turning of the earth in its 24-hour cycle, when disrupted, can cause more devastation that we would have thought possible. Join 12 year old...

The monster variations

by Daniel Kraus

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Monster Variations follows Willie, Reggie, and James during a summer that will change all of their lives forever. Someone in town is killing young boys by running them down with a menacing silver truck, and there is nothing to protect them except for a curfew and some not so...

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