Review: Winger, by Andrew Smith

It always makes me uncomfortable when I feel so negatively about something everyone else seems to love. Everyone’s showering Winger with words like “heartbreaking,” “hilarious,” and “best book I read all year.” I definitely did not feel that way, so I feel like I need to add my thoughts to the … Continue reading

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan

The lives of two guys named Will Grayson intersect as they look for love, friendship, and fabulousity in the greater Chicago area. The alternating chapters were so in the style of the two authors that I didn’t even have to check who had written which. Green’s Will is wordy, self-consciously … Continue reading

Hothouse, by Chris Lynch

Russ and DJ have been best friends forever, and so have their “outrageous courageous” firefighter fathers. When both men die fighting a house fire, they’re town heroes — until the coroner finds drugs in their systems. All Russ wanted was to be just like his dad, but how can he … Continue reading

The Pool of Fire, by John Christopher (1968)

After the discussion of trilogies (and Martini-Corona’s eternal John Christopher obsession), I decided this project wouldn’t be complete without a Tripod book. The Tripod trilogy (…heh) might have been the first major YA science fiction trilogy, and is certainly a classic. If you somehow missed these books, the premise is … Continue reading

Exiles of ColSec, by Douglas Hill (1984)

A group of bad-ass teen criminals get kicked off Earth to be the lead team of colonizers of the planet Klydor. If they die, eh, no harm done. If they survive, ColSec — Colonization Section, part of the massive government that runs Earth — shows up to claim a nicely … Continue reading

The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Golem’s Eye (bk. 2), by Jonathan Stroud

My main gripe with the first Bartimaeus was how much Nathaniel’s chapters dragged as compared with Bartimaeus’s. The Golem’s Eye ameliorates this problem by giving us plenty of the ever-delightful Bartimaeus, and adding a third point of view: Kitty, the young Resistance leader. Nathaniel is also older now, and more … Continue reading

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Peter Cameron

I was rather torn between wanting to love this book (evocative title, colleague recommendation, a flap that begins “In re: James Sveck — eighteen-year-old New Yorker, charming, precocious, confused, doesn’t quite fit in (doesn’t really want to)”) and expecting to hate it (how very much the reviews, and the book … Continue reading