Review: Skinny, by Donna Cooner (Oct. 2012)

The pitch: Fat girl Ever is miserable with the weight she’s gained since her mother’s death. She feels “trapped in a fat shell.” After losing weight with gastric bypass surgery, she gains enough confidence to let her gorgeous voice shine in the school musical. The review: First of all, I … Continue reading

Cybils mega-post

The Cybils winners have been announced! Go check out the list! Now that the winners are official, I get to post my reviews. (I should make explicit that these are my thoughts, not necessarily those of my committee.) It was rather a violent, f-bomb-ridden set of YA Fantasy & Sci-Fi finalists … Continue reading

Review: Princess Ben (2008) and Wisdom’s Kiss (Sept. 2011), Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Ben (short for Benevolence), the only child of the King of Montagne’s younger brother, is an indulged wild child, raised well clear of palace life — until she becomes heir when her beloved parents and the King are all killed. Princess training and responsibility do not suit her, but with … 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

Review: Vintage Veronica, by Erica S. Perl

3 out of 5 You know the drill: Veronica is friendless at school, ignored by her mom, quirky and unappreciated, etc. She cultivates a wacky vintage style, with as many ruffled skirts and bowling shoes as she can get her hands on. Her love of the clothes lands her the … Continue reading

Review: Guardian of the Dead, by Karen Healey

5 out of 5! Deposited at boarding school while her parents travel the world, 17-year-old Ellie is grumpy and lonely, but safe. But then New Zealand is rocked by a series of murders in which the victims’ eyes are taken, and the trail is leading closer to Ellie’s school. Her … Continue reading