A blog full of reviews from VCL's Teen Coordinator Katrina Hohlfeld & Teen Guest Authors. Check back for new reviews on all things YA! Want more? Check out Katrina's lists for summer reading recommendations.
If you are looking for a well-written YA murder mystery, then look no further! I started reading Maureen Johnson's "Truly Devious" series when I saw that the third and final novel was being published in January of 2020. A whole mystery series to binge! In the first novel we are introduced to a dazzling cast of characters, including our main character, Stevie. Stevie never thought she was all that special, and she applies to the prestigious, highly selective, and rather myster
To be totally honest, I only picked this one up because it was getting so much attention. But wow...I'm glad I did. Here are the main things I liked about it: 1) imperfect main character working to find her truth 2) vibrant and intriguing cast of secondary characters 3) phenomenal use of language & metaphor 4) unexpected plot twists 5) a sensitive approach to mental health issues 6) a conclusion full of hope If any or all of those reasons seem appealing to you, then The Last