May 20, 2023 In Maria E. Andreu's latest YA romance, Julieta Toledo escapes into writing, the perfect haven for her increasingly runaway imagination. There she connects with the mysterious "Happily Ever Drafter."
April 8, 2023 In RaeChell Garrett's delightful YA book, a Black teen entrepreneur launches a start-up where she is paid to help conceive and execute elaborate prom date proposals for fellow classmates.
March 15, 2022 In Lillie Lainoff's YA novel, a teen with a chronic illness aims to follow in the forthright footsteps of her father, a former Musketeer.
March 10, 2022 Axie Oh's retelling of "The Tale of Shim Cheong" explores what happens when love of family changes the trajectory of those involved in the Sea God's search for a hundredth, and final, bride.
One True Loves, by Elise Bryant
Balzer + Bray
January 6, 2022 Elise Bryant tells a fantastic tale full of shenanigans and escapades, while also delving into deeper issues of race and the perception of a successful future for young people of color.
November 9, 2021 The heartbreak starts right away in Dustin Thao's debut novel: 17-year-old Julie's boyfriend Sam is killed in a car crash — but then she calls his phone, just to hear his voice again. And he answers.
October 15, 2021 In their new YA novel, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal tell the story of a cheerleading squad whose white captain convinces them to take a knee to protest injustice — and the backlash that follows.
September 19, 2021 Michelle Quach's immensely lovable YA debut Not Here to Be Liked centers on Eliza, who's just been done out of her dream job as editor of the high school paper by an unqualified but very charming boy.
August 29, 2021 Laura Sibson's Edie in Between follows our heroine as she learns her own magic and unravels a family mystery. If only we didn't have to keep yelling at her to stay out of the metaphorical basement.
August 8, 2021 Britta Lundin's Like Other Girls follows Mara, a hot-tempered 6'2" high school sports star who's booted from basketball for brawling, but finds a new life and a new way of being on the football field.
July 31, 2021 Sometimes books can be a literal escape, not just a figurative one. Our critic Alethea Kontis recommends three fantasy novels that helped her along the way as she escaped an abusive relationship.
Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance, by Nisha Sharma
Crown Books for Young Readers
July 19, 2021 Nisha Sharma's new YA novel follows two Indian American teenagers who overcome differing backgrounds to find love while prepping for an important dance competition — a perfect teen movie setup.
June 14, 2021 Hannah Reynolds new YA romance The Summer of Lost Letters follows teenaged Abby's quest to learn more about her grandmother's past — and a possible love affair captured in mysterious letters.
June 5, 2021 Sunny — the protagonist of Suzanne Park's new young adult novel — is mortified when a PG-13 video accidentally goes viral, and even worse, her parents send her to a rural farm to get her off-line.
May 29, 2021 Sophie Jordan's romp of a novel follows Primrose Ainsworth, youngest of four sisters, who escapes the family on her 16th birthday for an adventure through Regency London with a charming mystery man.
April 24, 2021 The married-in-real-life team of Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka have a new YA romance, about a toxic (maybe too toxic) high school rivalry that, of course, turns to love in the end.
March 7, 2021 Monica Gomez-Hira's debut novel follows a Miami teen whose job as a party princess brings her into contact with the ex who ruined her chance to have her own quinceañera — and of course, sparks fly.
February 27, 2021 Wibke Brueggemann's charmingly snarky YA novel follows teenaged Phoebe as she recovers from the Worst New Year's Ever and learns that not all of life's answers can be found via Google.
January 9, 2021 G.F. Miller's new novel follows Charity, a teenaged fairy godmother who tries to keep her distance from the "Cindies" she helps — until the wishes she grants start going disastrously wrong.
November 7, 2020 Marissa Meyer's new novel follows a girl who — after a karaoke rendition of John Lennon's "Instant Karma" and a blow to the head — develops the ability to visit swift retribution on wrongdoers.
October 10, 2020 Jillian Cantor's new YA novel lifts some of the elements of Jane Austen's classic — like character names — wholesale. But you'll enjoy it more if you don't expect the plot to follow exactly.
September 6, 2020 In Shannon Hale's new novel, a former child actor — who's finding her teen years challenging after a failed audition — discovers that she can physically enter books and become part of their stories.
August 30, 2020 When you think of author and illustrator Arnold Lobel, you probably think of Frog and Toad, his amphibian forever friends — but this story of loving things and letting them go deserves a fresh look.
July 16, 2020 Pretty in Pink meets Sliding Doors in this what-if story. High-schooler Emelia gets the chance to go back and change one decision in her past — but then she has to learn to live with the changes.