Category Archives: Young Adult Fiction

Book Review: The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor

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Title -The Thousandth Floor  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Katharine McGee (Website, Goodreads)

Published – August 30th 2016

Genre – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Here is the front flap since it introduces the characters so well:

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried, and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

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Book Review: Placebo Junkies

Synopsis: Placebo Junkies

Title – Placebo Junkies  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – J. C. Carleson (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 27th 2015

Classification – Young Adult

Summary – For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.
Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control.

But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide….

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Book Review: The First Time She Drowned

Synopsis: The First Time She Drowned

Title – The First Time She Drowned  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Kerry Kletter (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 15th 2016

Classification –Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water – literally and metaphorically – since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage….

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Book Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Synopsis:All The Bright Places

Title – All The Bright Places  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Jennifer Niven (Website, Goodreads)

Published – January 6th 2015

Classification – Young Adult

Summary – When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom… Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

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Title – Anna and the French Kiss  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Stephanie Perkins (Website, Goodreads)

Published – December 2nd 2010

Classification – Young adult

Summary – Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken – and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with a French kiss she’s been waiting for?

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Book Review: The Rose and The Dagger

Synopsis: The Rose & The Dagger

Title – The Rose and The Dagger  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Renee Ahdieh (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 26th 2016

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – The sumptuous saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrazad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Synopsis: Thirteen Reason Why Cover

Title – 13 Reasons Why  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Jay Asher (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 18th 2007

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary –  Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spend the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself – a truth he never wanted to face.

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Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn

Synopsis: The Wrath & The Dawn

Title – The Wrath & The Dawn  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Renee Ahdieh (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 12th 2015

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – In this re-imagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan. But Shahrzad discovers everything is not as it seems within the palace. 

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Book Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

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Synopsis:The Program by Suzanne Young

Title – The Program  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Suzanne Young (Website, Goodreads)

Published – April 30th 2013

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a bank slate. Because their depression is gone – but so are their memories. 

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they’ve made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And the program is coming for them.

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Book Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

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Synopsis: A Need So Beatiful

Title – A Need So Beautiful  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Suzanne Young  (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 21st 2011

Classification – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – We all want to be remembered. Charlotte’s destiny is to be forgotten.

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need – a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become – her mark on this earth, her very existence – is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny – no matter how dark the consequences?

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