MADreads for Teens

A review of Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Solomon is sixteen years old, and he hasn't left his house since he was 13. Ever since he had a majorly public (and still talked about) anxiety attack in middle school, the teen has been content to stay in his house and earn his diploma online, with only his parents and grandmother for company. Enter Lisa-- a former classmate who is eager to infiltrate his happy but private world in order to gather material for a winning college essay she hopes to write. Accompanied by her handsome boyfriend ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
September 21, 2016 | 0 comments
Book Riot's YA Books Radar Every quarter the BookRiot website (a great bookie news site) publishes a list of YA books hitting the shelves soon. Their latest - July-September - just came out a couple weeks ago and I'm still working my way through the extensive list (164 titles). A few that have jumped out for me and will be added to my tbr lists: ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

What would happen if six very different middle school kids were still in the building after school and a storm blew through?  Well, Jordan, Devon, Mason, Taylor, Regan and Avery are about to find out.  The RJ Glavine Middle School students are thrown together by a, perhaps too cautious, school order to seek safety - which they find in the school bathroom.   The kids have some fun, telling jokes and making the stuffed cat into a mummy.  But mostly, they talk to each ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

The teenage years: that period of self-discovery and experimentation, agony and euphoria, the sort of overnight mood swings that often has many a parent wondering if their child is crazy or undergoing some bizarre transformation that might result in a rational adult years down the line. But what if there really is something more sinister at play? Abby suspects the latter when her BFF Gretchen emerges from a late-night skinny dip profoundly different. Life as a teen in 1988 Charleston, South ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Siren by Keira Cass

It's summer! Why not sit back and relax on the beach and think about how the Ocean might be an entity that requires sustenance in the form of human sacrifice in order to provide all of Her bounty? That's right. This book features the Ocean as a character that requires HUMAN SACRIFICE!!! And She uses the enticing song of Sirens in order to lure souls into Her waters. And that is what keeps the waters rolling, so to speak. Wow.  This is a compelling way to think about the ocean and what you ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter, trying to explain to the boy she might love why she hurt him.  The truth is hard to admit; the truth is, the voice told her to.  The voice told her to do a lot of things that summer, few of them good.  This story focuses less on the romance and more on Cassie’s internal struggle as she learns more about her mental illness and how to cope with it.  Cassie is a compelling protagonist and the supporting characters surrounding her have equal depth, ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
July 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Booked by Kwame Alexander

Let me think of a few words to describe reading a book about a 12-year-old boy whose father is a linguistics professor and famous author of the "Weird and Wonderful Words" dictionary, and who attends a school where the coolest adult is the rapping librarian. Enchantment. Enthrallment. Estimation. Now let me think of a few words to describe my feelings about a boy character using clever word play to describe assigned reading including but not limited to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Giant Days. Volume 1 by John Allison

This young adult graphic novel is about three female college freshmen navigating their way through higher education, new adult relationships and living in the dorms. Esther is the beautiful drama queen, Daisy the animal loving optimist, and Susan a jaded feminist zine writer. Their first major tragedy is a debilitating cold virus that sweeps over campus. The trio has to take care of themselves to mixed results. It's funny to witness their various methods for curing a cold from rest, to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen

A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen tells the story of Shana, an aspiring photographer, who is thrust into the middle of a natural disaster. This disaster forces Shana to address her priorities: her family, which is slowly falling apart, and a boy who is turning her idea of love upside-down.    Shana meets this boy, Quattro, while trying to take a life-changing photograph—an image that could get her into the college of her choice. He bumps into Shana and ruins her perfect ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
April 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K Johnston

Hermione Winters is living that golden child life. She’s a popular, talented cheerleader. She has a supportive family. She has a fulfilling relationship with Polly, her best friend and co-captain. She has a devoted boyfriend that she could take or leave, which is a pretty sweet position to be in. She’s smart, well-liked and can’t wait to start her senior year leading her team in the sport that she loves so much. Then she is drugged, raped, and left unconscious in a lake at cheerleading camp. ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
April 6, 2016 | 0 comments