Reviews and Blog Posts: coming of age

Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewer Rating:
5

I have grown to love listening to Rainbow Rowell's work. I think the people chosen to read for the characters is accurate. I also love the way her books are written, the sense of reality in her fiction. It makes me want to believe the characters are real people. Each...

Gabi, a girl in pieces

by Isabel Quintero

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gabi is a "Mexican fat girl". She loves her family, and food, and poetry, and maybe even Martin Espada. Also food. But no matter what she loves, she's pessimistic about her life. And why shouldn't she be? She's a virgin, she's poor, her father's a crackhead, her best friend is...

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book is amazing in so many ways. From the way it captures high school and life woes to the way it talks about music and comic books. Eleanor and Park don't exactly hit off right away, but something brings them together. I enjoyed the weird, awkward conversations and encounters...

Tell me again how a crush should feel

by Sara Farizan

Reviewer Rating:
4

Iranian-American Leila has a lot to figure out. Pressure from her parents and their tight knit Persian community tell her to want to be a doctor--but she's horrible at science. She likes girls, but isn't ready to tell anyone yet--it's a good thing there's no one at school to crush...

Rethinking normal : a memoir in transition

by Katie Rain Hill

Reviewer Rating:
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school.

Tomboy : a graphic memoir

by Liz Prince

Reviewer Rating:
3

Do you hate being judged by outward appearances? Liz Prince's memoir reminds us all that identity is not all about the outside, and what it means to find people who truly appreciate you for who you are. Yes, Liz was and is a tomboy. Dresses made her scream as a...

A cup of water under my bed : a memoir

by Daisy Hernández

Reviewer Rating:
3

A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out her father's unemployment applications when factory...

Tell the wolves I'm home : a novel

by Carol Rifka Brunt

Reviewer Rating:
5

I'm completely floored by Tell the Wolves I'm Home. It's not labeled Young Adult, and while it does not have the current YA conventions, it's a definite bildungsroman.

Dakota Skye

Reviewer Rating:
5

Dakota Skye is a great movie. Dakota isn't the typical teen in a movie. In fact, she's a girl who knows when people are telling the truth. But the power can be tricky when the people around believe they are telling the truth. Who is really telling the truth? And...

The last kings of Sark : a novel

by Rosa Rankin-Gee

Reviewer Rating:
4

The nostalgia of an idyllic island summer is fully felt in this debut novel. Recent college graduate Jude (not the expected young man) has been hired to tutor 16-year-old Pip for the college exams he has no intention of passing. Along with the Pip's family's cook, Sofi, the young almost-adults...

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