Reviews and Blog Posts: relationships

My invented life

by Lauren Bjorkman

DPL Rating:
3

Roz's sister and best friend Eva isn't talking to her. Roz isn't sure why--does it have something to do with Roz wanting Eva's boyfriend, Bryan? What about the fight that Roz had with her cheerleading friend Carmen? What about that lead role in Shakespeare's As You Like It that they're...

Front and center

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

DPL Rating:
4

First of all, if you've yet to read Dairy Queen and The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, stop now, get thee to your local library, and read them. Ok, are you back? Now you're ready for Front and Center, which concludes DJ's story with her finding her...

Hate list

by Jennifer Brown

DPL Rating:
4

How do you move on after a school shooting? What if it's your boyfriend who did it? What if people think that you helped him decide who to shoot? What if you're not sure whether you're happy you lived, even though you were shot that day? Valerie has a lot...

The sky always hears me : and the hills don't mind

by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

DPL Rating:
4

Morgan just wants to get out of her small town in Central Nowhere, see what else is out there in the world. Until then, she has her boyfriend, Derek, who she likes, but not THAT much, Rob, who she works with at the grocery store, who she really DOES like,...

Rage : a love story

by Julie Anne Peters

DPL Rating:
4

Johanna hasn't had the best life, but it's not all bad, either. Her parents have both recently died, she lives with her sister & brother-in-law, she's finishing her senior year of high school with a best friend, a job at the mall, and a volunteer position at the hospice. One...

Love is the higher law

by David Levithan

DPL Rating:
4

It was a day when everything changed for everyone. Find out how 9/11 affected the lives of 3 NYC teenagers in this novel that yes, will make you cry, but is ultimately about hope, human connection, and love. Claire was in school when the attacks happened. She immediately went from...

Skunk girl

by Sheba Karim

DPL Rating:
0

Nina Khan is the only Asian, the only Muslim, at her small town high school in Deer Hook, NY. She has good friends, but as she gets older, it feels like the differences between her and them get more and more pronounced. They're allowed to date. She's not. Their free...

Brett McCarthy : work in progress

by Maria Padian

DPL Rating:
0

Junior high is a time when everything seems to be changing. That's certainly how it is for Brett (don't call me Bettina) McCarthy. Friends since elementary school are finding different interests and drifting away. People from the periphery are becoming more important. Her beloved grandmother, creator of giant brownies and...

Secrets of truth & beauty

by Megan Frazer

DPL Rating:
0

When Dara Cohen won the Little Miss Maine pageant when she was 7, she had no idea what the following years would have in store. It's 10 years later, and she's 17, and not exactly the beauty queen ideal any more. She's still smart, talented, and funny, though, and thinks...

So punk rock (and other ways to disappoint your mother) : a novel

by Micol Ostow

DPL Rating:
0

Ari wants to do something to stand out during his junior year at Gittelman Jewish Day School. He's been wingman to his best friend, Jonas (who can get anything he wants from anyone--girl, boy, teacher--with just a smile) for too long. His parents just want him to excel at his...

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