Category Archives: Summer Reading Challenge

Review: ‘Wink Poppy Midnight’ by April Genevieve Tucholke #SRC

You know something’s afoot when the tagline for the book is “A hero. A villain. A Liar. Who’s Who?” Wink Poppy Midnight spins you around like a kid playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey and does not disappoint. Falling into my... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Great American Whatever’ by Tim Federle #COYER #SRC

I love it when you can tell that a book is going to be great right away. Such is the case here, with wonderful writing and a fresh approach. Quinn Roberts has basically been in his bedroom for six months. When his sister and movie-making partner,... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Peas and Carrots’ by Tanita S. Davis #COYER #SRC

Told from alternating points of view, Peas and Carrots is the story of two teen girls, different in just about every way, who have to learn how to get along while in a foster care situation. Odessa “Dess” Matthews has had it rough. Living... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories’ ed. by Stephanie Perkins #COYER #SRC

Twelve stories about summer told in twelve different styles by twelve of the most wonderful Young Adult authors. I was really excited to see this compilation when I was looking for books to read for my Summer Reading Challenge. And while it is a good... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Game of Love and Death’ by Martha Brockenbrough #COYER #2016HW

From the first paragraph, you are thoroughly aware that this isn’t your typical Young Adult fare. It’s a most unusual and unique tale that is told in an old-fashioned manner. It is bright and hopeful; it is shadowy and piercing. And while... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The First Time She Drowned’ by Kerry Kletter #COYER #SRC

Is it possible to think that a book is both extraordinarily profound and trite? Told in alternating chapters of present day and the past, you slowly learn why Cassie was left by her parents at the mental institution and why she chooses to leave it... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Passenger’ by Alexandra Bracken #COYER #SRC

If you like time-travel stories, you are in for a treat. This spectacular voyage via ink and paper leaves all recent forays in this genre back in the Stone Age. All she knows is playing the violin. Etta Spencer has no time for anything else.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Burn Baby Burn’ by Meg Medina #SRC

Set against the backdrop of New York City in 1977, Burn Baby Burn takes place when things were changing for women, a serial killer was on the loose, a city was failing, it was the hottest summer on record, and disco was queen. Nora López can’t... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Last Time We Were Us’ by Leah Konen #SRC

I love stories that don’t give up all of the inside information immediately. It’s like the difference between those people who have no filter and tell you everything right after you say “nice to meet you,” and the ones who wait... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Unexpected Everything’ by Morgan Matson #SRC

I absolutely loved the superbly crafted Since You’ve Been Gone, so I knew when I saw this book by Morgan Matson that points were already in her favor. Points for me, too, since I was so right. Andie Walker has been doing everything... Read More | Share it now!