MADreads for Teens

A review of Reboot by Amy Tintura

The snow has finally melted and I am up to my chinny-chin-chin in teen books to consider for this summer's Teen's Choice Review books. Here's a sneak peek at two of the contenders for this year. Reboot, by Amy Tintera is the first book about the undead I've ever read. After I got past a teen zombie getting knifed in the head (and therefore, effectively killed), the book just sort of ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Freshman year of college is bad enough. But for Cath, freshman year has brought on an unparalleled amount of anxiety. Between her twin sister becoming a person she doesn’t know, to a completely-bewildering roommate and her roommate's charming -- and cute! -- boyfriend, as well as worrying about her manic father and her estranged mother, her freshman year has more obstacles than she knows how to handle.Her only escape is the magical world of Simon Snow, an eight-book saga that is awaiting its ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
April 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer

Not everyone likes to write lists. But I like to write lists. And Ramsey Beyer likes to write lists. That's why I like Ramsey Beyer's book about leaving a small rural community in Michigan and starting her first year at art school in Baltimore. Ramsey shares the lists she creates about everything related to everything: what she's going to do, how she's going to act, what she needs, her favorite things and on and on. Once she gets to school and gets settled in she makes lists of who she's met, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel’s mother and grandmother both died in Hurricane Katrina, and Laurel doesn't want to deal with her pain. She has left behind her father and younger brother and ends up on the streets using the highly addictive drug, meth. Along the way we meet Moses, an artist that has taken it upon himself to paint murals of teens that have lost their battle with meth. Needless to say, he is always painting murals. He knows Laurel and is sure that he will soon be painting a picture of her. Fortunately ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
March 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The War within These Walls by Aline Sax and Caryl Strzelecki and A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo, Kris, and Vincent Bailly

It's been more than 20 years since the graphic novel and Holocaust memoir Maus was published and more than 30 years since its first chapter appeared in the comics anthology Raw. Since that time, general readership and library collections of graphic novels have ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

If you have gobbled down the old fairy tales like lemon cookies,If you have several hours to spare,And you are not afraid,Listen, if you will, to the tale of the ancient ghost.It is time to make the strange journey to Far Far AwayAnd the darkness is closer than you think. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Evan Carter has always had a type.  He goes for the girls a little left of normal, the girls who always say yes. And that’s yes to sex, as Evan doesn’t do the girlfriend thing—never a problem, as his father never keeps him in one high school or boarding school long enough to make friends. But one fateful night, Evan picks the wrong girl.  One run in with a furious ex-boyfriend later, and Evan is in a hospital bed, recovering from a ruptured spleen, a broken nose and myriad other ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Control by Lydia Kang

Control is set in a dystopian future in which America has divided into mega-states with harsh dress codes and moral standards, and laws against extreme genetic mutations-- the kind that make you into a superpower. Any child born with such a mutation is “dealt with,” but some underground groups abduct such kids before the government can intervene and use their mutations to develop commercial products at high profits. Zelia Benton is plunged into this underworld when her father dies suddenly and ...read more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
February 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Radley, an American teen who has been doing service work in Haiti, returns home amidst political upheaval: the American president has been assassinated and a rebel party has taken control of the government and imprisoned many dissenters. With no way to reach her parents, no money, and a curfew and travel restrictions in place, Radley must find a way to cross the border into New Hampshire in order to get home. When she reaches her home and does not find her parents, Radley continues her walking ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
January 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt

There was so much to take in with this oversized graphic novel I decided to read it twice. My final analysis: this is an amazing gem of a book. Hélène is being bullied. Her former friends have shunned her and make nasty jabs about her being overweight and stinky. It is clear from the illustrations and from a later visit to the pediatrician that Hélène is a perfectly normal middle school student who is growing. Her lack of self-esteem is justifiable considering the treatment she is experiencing ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 15, 2014 | 0 comments