A blog full of reviews from VCL's Head of Teen Services 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 a fan of fairy tale re-tellings, you simply cannot miss Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreakers series. Beauty and the Beast happens to be one of my favorites (in all its many iterations) and this series takes the story to a whole new level. Featuring an unwilling heroine with Cerebral Palsy, a cursed prince, and a stoic guardsman, Kemmerer spins a magical tale of fighting evil and falling in love. I mean come on, just look at these gorgeous covers! A terrifying enchantres
Alright this one really caught me off guard. I picked it up for a light read and I got hit with some major feels. Skye Shin is talented, and she knows it. She also happens to be plus size, and she knows that people can be really cruel about that. So when she decides to audition for a televised K-Pop competition, she isn't necessarily surprised that her body becomes a target for negative commentary. Skye sets out to prove that she can dance and sing with the best, even when th
Don't be fooled by the cotton candy cover! This novel surprised me with its depth. The main character, Allie Abraham, is an American-born Muslim of Circassian descent. The book starts off with a bang, as Allie's father is persecuted before her eyes for speaking Arabic on a plane. Other such incidents indicate a growing Islamophobia to Allie, and she's beginning to come to grips with her feelings about it. Her parents are essentially non-practicing Muslims, and Allie has grown
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
Frank Li is a Korean-American living in Southern California. It's his senior year of high school, and he's finally found a girl he'd love to date. One problem: his parents only want him to date Korean girls, and his crush is white. Frank's friend Joy is in a similar predicament, so they hatch a scheme to fake-date each other to get their parents off their backs. Will this go disastrously wrong? Maybe! David Yoon provides a well written perspective I don’t often see in contemp
Reading this graphic novel by wonder-duo Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks is like wandering through the most fantastic and fun corn maze imaginable. *snuggles up with a cup of tea and pumpkin cookies* We meet Deja and Josiah on their last shift at the Pumpkin Patch, where they've worked together for years. The mission? Getting Josiah to finally speak to the girl he's been crushing on for years (and eat all the snacks)! The two friends weave their way around the Pumpkin Pat