Reviews and Blog Posts: relationships

Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac

by Gabrielle Zevin

DPL Rating:
5

If life had gone differently, Naomi may never had been adopted and grown up on the streets of Russia. If life had gone differently, Naomi may never have tripped, hit her head, and woken up with amnesia. Now she can’t remember a single thing about the last four years of...

The first part last

by Angela Johnson

DPL Rating:
4

Sixteen-year-old Bobby used to spend his days shooting hoops and eating pizza, but now his life revolves around his newborn daughter, Feather. Bobby loves his daughter more than anything else, but this story does not romanticize the sleepless nights and stress of teenage parenthood. Told in alternating chapters that travel...

The summer I learned to fly

by Dana Reinhardt

DPL Rating:
4

Drew doesnt have much hope for the summer before her 8th grade year being anything special. Shes working at her mom's cheese shop (for free), dreaming of her imaginary romance with her co-worker Nick, and hanging out with her pet rat and her dead father's Book of Lists. Drews small...

Rosebush

by Michele Jaffe

DPL Rating:
4

Jane doesn't remember leaving the party. She just knows she woke up the next day in a hospital room, paralyzed, being told she's lucky to be alive after that car hit her. But was it an accident, or is someone trying to kill her? As Jane's memories slowly return, she...

Scars

by C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield

DPL Rating:
4

Kendra has been in therapy to deal with the memories that are coming back to her about the abuse she was subjected to as a child. While therapy, and art, and friends and teachers help, Kendra still feels the need to cut herself to relieve the pressure and make herself...

Shakespeare makes the playoffs

by Ronald Koertge

DPL Rating:
4

Kevin from Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is back! In that book, Kevin was sidelined from baseball and learned that he also has a passion for writing poetry. In this book, he's still playing baseball, still writing poetry, and trying to balance the two. He's also dealing with his girlfriend Mira,...

Heist society

by Ally Carter

DPL Rating:
4

Katarina Bishop is trying to get out of the family business. This isn't as easy at it might sound, especially when your family is in the business of planning heists, pulling off cons, and robbing art museums. Kat has conned her way in to an exclusive boarding school and thinks...

Boost

by Kathryn Mackel

DPL Rating:
3

While you might think this book is all about steroid use in sports (yes, the issue does come up), it wasn't the main focus. Boost is a portrait of a girl who is passionate about sports and is willing to work hard to meet her goals. Savvy and her family...

My invented life

by Lauren Bjorkman

DPL Rating:
3

Roz's sister and best friend Eva isn't talking to her. Roz isn't sure why--does it have something to do with Roz wanting Eva's boyfriend, Bryan? What about the fight that Roz had with her cheerleading friend Carmen? What about that lead role in Shakespeare's As You Like It that they're...

Front and center

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

DPL Rating:
4

First of all, if you've yet to read Dairy Queen and The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, stop now, get thee to your local library, and read them. Ok, are you back? Now you're ready for Front and Center, which concludes DJ's story with her finding her...

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