MADreads for Teens

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
A review of Burn Baby Burn Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

A record-breaking heatwave, race riots, and an elusive killer on the loose-- the summer of 1977 in Queens, NY can only be described as infamous. For Norah Lopez, it’s the summer she graduates high school, the summer she was supposed to spend going dancing with her best friend, flirting with Pablo, the cute stockboy at work, and plotting a way out of the stifling apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Sometimes summers don’t turn out the way we plan. As Son of Sam ramps up his ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
March 31, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

With a dad in jail and her mom AWOL, Lucille Bennett’s problems are as followed: she’s left with taking care of the house and raising her adoring little sister, Wren. Fearful of social workers that may split the sisters apart, Lucille covers for her mother’s disappearance by dodging questions by curious neighbors. She’s also forced to get a job to pay the bills, all while trying to scrape by her last year of high school. To make matters worse, she’s nearly-irrationally in love with her best ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien's Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old Simon knows he'll eventually come out to his family and friends, but for now he's happy to live a drama-free life, keeping the private business of his sexual orientation between himself and Blue, the anonymous but increasingly flirtatious boy he's been chatting with online. This plan is blown to pieces when the wrong pair of eyes falls on an email he wrote to Blue, throwing Simon into the exact swarm of high school politics that he's been so careful to avoid. Simon must decide ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
January 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Nobody believed that the beautiful and mysterious Roza was going to stay in the sleepy town of Bone Gap for long,  so no one was surprised when she disappeared as quickly as she arrived. Finn O'Sullivan was the last person to see her, and while his love-struck older brother will never forgive him letting Roza leave, Finn knows that she didn't leave willingly. She was taken. Snatched. By a terrifying man whose face Finn can't remember. The more he tries to hold onto his memories, the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
January 13, 2016 | 0 comments