Ashley Elston’s latest deals with the emotional tornado one man wreaks on a small town, and the people left who have to pick up the pieces. Warning: You may crave pecan pie after reading.
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Much like the way Hayden’s mom disappears into the misty woods, the plot for What the Woods Keep from newcomer Katya de Becerra becomes quite murky and insubstantial.
Three teens are unpacking more than just lost luggage in Jenn Doll’s small-town contemporary, Unclaimed Baggage.
Jamie McGuire delivers a summer romance with a dark, Hitchcockian twist in All The Little Lights.
Preston Norton’s Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is filled with heartbreak and humor, and a delightfully realistic teenage boy.
Kami Garcia’s Broken Beautiful Hearts wants you to know that even when life is going for the knock-out, you can’t let it beat you down.
Maggie Stiefvater returns with a book about magic, miracles, and rock'n'roll.
There’s no better time to revisit Hawkins, Indiana—or take your first trip to the Upside Down.
Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie will make you want to trample the patriarchy (if you didn't already). Plus, you could win a copy!
Elizabeth Wein is back, with a prequel to Code Name Verity.
Debut author Kate Hart brings us her first book, After The Fall: a complicated look at consent, reputations, and damaging secrets.
Looking for an escape? A sense of comfort in these dark times? HRH Meg Cabot is here for you.
The main character in Eliza Wass’ The Cresswell Plot deals with cult behavior, horrible parents, and some serious soul searching.
There’s more than avalanches to fear in Lindsay Ribar’s Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
Harriet Reuter Hapgood’s The Square Root of Summer is a lesson in grieving and love, with a little unexpected time travel thrown in.
Could an impulsive online shopping purchase be the key to Saving Montgomery Sole from her close-minded small town?
Jeff Zentner’s debut novel The Serpent King, which tells the story of three best friends from rural Tennessee, is both humorous and heartbreaking.
Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel, Rebel of the Sands, mixes Arabian nights with Wild West days (and superpowered afternoons).
The main character in Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First is blind—in more ways than one.
Jennifer Niven's All The Bright Places is beautifully written, but the ending misses the mark.
Treat yo’ self to six* seasons of the wacky antics of Leslie Knope and the other lovable misfits who work for the city of Pawnee, Indiana.
Aaron Hartzler's What We Saw is a nuanced, pitch-perfect look at rape culture today.
Lori Rader-Day takes a look at the darker side of small-town living—and high school memories—in Little Pretty Things.
Life isn’t easy when you’re a big girl named Sugar. Especially if you're part of a family like the one in Deirdre Riordan Hall’s novel Sugar.
Hester Prynne ain't got nothing on Molly Barlow, the heroine of Katie Cotugno's addictive 99 Days.
A group of friends turn to making and selling moonshine for a better future in My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp.
Grab those tissues and get ready to go on a road trip with Gayle Forman's latest, I Was Here.
Michelle Falkoff’s Playlist for the Dead might involve the aftermath of a suicide, but it’s more about how people learn to come to terms with it than the why of it all.
Unlovely, Celeste Conway’s novel about a townie who falls for a ballerina, gets points for reminds Mandy C. of Center Stage, but loses some for the flat climax (and lack of “Rollercoaster of Love”).
Suzanne Myers’ debut novel Stone Cove Island suggests that the past can come back to bite you at the least opportune of times.
Sometimes you just can’t help who you fall for.
Of Scars and Stardust is a psychological -- or is it paranormal? -- mystery and thriller.
Jessie Ann Foley's The Carnival at Bray is a beautifully-done coming of age story set amongst the 90s grunge scene.
Amy Zhang's debut novel Falling Into Place explores the life -- and death -- of a mean girl.
Unmade, the last installment in Sarah Rees Brennan's The Lynburn Legacy trilogy, will shock, delight, and wrap up all those loose ends.
Sarah Rees Brennan's Untold raises the stakes and brings the swoon.
Melissa Marr’s Made For You is a book you want to read in the middle of the day, with all of the lights on.
Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken is a Gothic mystery with a charming protagonist and a leather-clad love interest.
Pack your bags for a trip to Blackfin, where mysterious circuses can be found in the woods and dead girls don’t stay that way.
Play a game of kiss (and kiss and kiss and kiss... ) and tell with Rachael Allen's 17 First Kisses.
Jennie throws it way back to 1992, with the original The Secret Circle series.
The Mean Girls' burn book has nothing on the nasty rumors in The Truth About Alice.
Alexis Bledel forsakes Stars Hollow for Mud Meadows in this endearing slice of cinema.
Pamela Ribon's Notes To Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn't Share In Public), a memoir about youth in the days before the internet, is choke-on-your-champagne funny.
Mandy C.’s investigation into the small town murder in Kathleen Hale’s No One Else Can Have You has her coming face-to-face with awkward teenagers, small-minded law enforcement officials and ineffective parents.
This year's offering from Newbery Honor author Kathi Appelt has already been longlisted for the National Book Award - and Amanda can surely see why.
Mandy W. has no desire to run away with The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston. (Running away from, yes.)
If you caught Posh reading Jennifer E. Smith's latest novel, then you already know what happy looks like.
Mandy learns How To Be Popular from HRH Meg Cabot.
A review of Ask The Passengers, a book Jenny thinks everybody should read before the elections.
Gwendolyn Heasley's A Long Way From You is full of New York delights wrapped in a thick Texas twang.
A review of The Princesses of Iowa by Molly Backes, a book about the mistakes you make as a teenager, and how they help you grow into who you need to be.
Forever Young Adult Presents a book review of Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Forever Young Adult Presents: A Review of Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Posh had her a blast with Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot.
Posh is a huge fan of the Dairy Queen Trilogy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.