Reviews and Blog Posts: Realistic Fiction

Rage : a love story

by Julie Anne Peters

Reviewer Rating:
4

Johanna hasn't had the best life, but it's not all bad, either. Her parents have both recently died, she lives with her sister & brother-in-law, she's finishing her senior year of high school with a best friend, a job at the mall, and a volunteer position at the hospice. One...

Stolen children

by Peg Kehret

Reviewer Rating:
0

Amy is looking forward to making some money during summer vacation. Her babysitting course taught first aid, bathing, diaper changing, and how to make bedtime pleasant. When Amy gets an urgent call from a mother needing a sitter immediately, she hopes it might turn into a regular summer job. Toddler...

The uninvited

by Tim Wynne-Jones

Reviewer Rating:
0

Mimi really needs to get away from a bad relationship, so her father has given her the key to his cabin in Canada, where he hasn't visited in years. When Mimi gets there, she finds a guy her age, Jay, already living there. She and Jay hit it off immediately,...

Wild things

by Clay Carmichael

Reviewer Rating:
4

This is the story of learning to trust and finding your family. Zoe is an orphan who basically raised herself, even before her mother died. She's sent to live with Uncle Henry, who is a famous heart surgeon turned withdrawn sculptor. He tries to relate to Zoe, but his moods...

Love is the higher law

by David Levithan

Reviewer Rating:
4

It was a day when everything changed for everyone. Find out how 9/11 affected the lives of 3 NYC teenagers in this novel that yes, will make you cry, but is ultimately about hope, human connection, and love. Claire was in school when the attacks happened. She immediately went from...

Skunk girl

by Sheba Karim

Reviewer Rating:
0

Nina Khan is the only Asian, the only Muslim, at her small town high school in Deer Hook, NY. She has good friends, but as she gets older, it feels like the differences between her and them get more and more pronounced. They're allowed to date. She's not. Their free...

Brett McCarthy : work in progress

by Maria Padian

Reviewer Rating:
0

Junior high is a time when everything seems to be changing. That's certainly how it is for Brett (don't call me Bettina) McCarthy. Friends since elementary school are finding different interests and drifting away. People from the periphery are becoming more important. Her beloved grandmother, creator of giant brownies and...

Secrets of truth & beauty

by Megan Frazer

Reviewer Rating:
0

When Dara Cohen won the Little Miss Maine pageant when she was 7, she had no idea what the following years would have in store. It's 10 years later, and she's 17, and not exactly the beauty queen ideal any more. She's still smart, talented, and funny, though, and thinks...

So punk rock (and other ways to disappoint your mother) : a novel

by Micol Ostow

Reviewer Rating:
0

Ari wants to do something to stand out during his junior year at Gittelman Jewish Day School. He's been wingman to his best friend, Jonas (who can get anything he wants from anyone--girl, boy, teacher--with just a smile) for too long. His parents just want him to excel at his...

Mare's war

by Tanita S Davis

Reviewer Rating:
0

Octavia and Tali have been forced to go on a summer-long road-trip with their grandmother, Mare. Neither of them wants to go, but as they drive, Mare starts telling fascinating stories about her life growing up Black in the South and how she was a woman soldier during World War...

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