Book Reviews

age 16+
Strip club on prom night? Worth a parent preview.
By Brian Sloan
(2008)
age 12+
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)
age 14+
Rich-girl series is so materialistic it hurts.
By Lisi Harrison
(2008)
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age 16+
Thick free-verse bestseller takes graphic look at incest.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2008)
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age 15+
Not as bad as you might expect from a reality TV star.
By Lauren Conrad
(2009)
age 16+
Crass, explicit novel tries to be provocative, ends up lame.
By Jake Wizner
(2009)
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age 14+
Very violent, stereotyped look at life in the 'hood.
By Todd Strasser
(2009)
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age 15+
Wild night of parties, drug deals, and mature misadventures.
By Peter Lerangis
(2009)
age 9+
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
age 9+
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
age 14+
Inauthentic story explores mental illness, Internet rumors.
By Janet Ruth Young
(2011)
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age 13+
Story of girl's psychic kissing power puts focus on looks.
By Katie D. Anderson
(2012)
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age 13+
End-of-the-world story doesn't live up to its premise.
By Alexandra Coutts
(2013)
age 9+
Fluffy addition to tween series spotlights reality TV.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2014)
age 13+
Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff.
By Carolyn Mackler
(2004)
age 13+
Provocative story of high school hazing and peer pressure.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2004)
age 14+
Free verse poems about troubled teens -- and school attack.
By Ron Koertge
(2004)
age 9+
Poems about God experiencing life as a human.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2004)
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age 12+
Tangents confuse the plot, and the point.
By Edward Bloor
(2004)
age 11+
Hardly a classic, but still a riveting adventure.
By Caroline B. Cooney
(1992)

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