Tag Archives: realistic fiction

YA Book Review- Reality Boy by A. S. King

**This book is not scheduled to be published until October 2013, so you have plenty of time to get excited about it!**

Ever since Gerald’s family was on a reality TV show when he was four, his life will never be normal. The show featured a “Nanny” who was hired to come in and fix Gerald’s bad behavior- but he ended up permanently scarred from the experience. Not only did it land him with a horrible nickname, he hasn’t had a single friend since. Now that he’s almost 17, he’s in Special Ed because his mother would rather believe that he has special needs than face the fact that his family is the root of his violent tendencies. He steeps himself in an imaginary world when he is angry, which drives even more people away. Then he meets Hannah, the first person in a long time that doesn’t care about his infamy and wants to get to know who he really is. Will she help him stand up to his family and start to heal, or be just another person who breaks his heart?

This author does an amazing job of writing from a troubled teen guy’s point of view. Readers who like their realistic fiction with lots of emotional baggage will love this title.



YA Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler



Every once in a while a book comes along that is capable of capturing the essence of an experience. For almost anyone who ever had a short-lived but passionate first love, this book is it. Min has her life arranged comfortably around her loyal group of friends and her obsession with cinema. One night at a party, Ed Slaterton (co-captain of the basketball team and all-around Mr. Popular) throws her life on it’s head. Even though their relationship lasted less than two months, this book artfully illustrates the rollercoaster ride that is so often a high school relationship. As the book winds on, Min (through a letter to Ed and objects she is returning to him) recounts every instance of what kept her in love and what should have helped her realize she needed to walk away.

Try this if you like realistic fiction, drama, first-person narrative, or even a little mystery. Also, though significantly less solemn, this might be good for fans of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

WhyWeBrokeUp cover

Book illustrations by Maria Kalman


YA Book Review: Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

A group of fantastic YA and Teen authors come together to contribute to this hilarious and heart wrenching collection of short stories. Every last one includes some kind of great nerd or geek anecdote, along with some great illustrations. Whether you are in to the Star Trek Vs. Star Wars feud, you’re the underdog who’s dying to land a date with your crush, or your favorite kinds of people are theater kids, this book has got something for everyone!

List of contributing authors: Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci, M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

YA Book Review- The Complete History of Why I Hate Her by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Getting a summer job at a resort in Maine might not seem like anything out of the ordinary for a teen, but for Nola it is a chance to live her own life for a little while. Her little sister, Song, has been battling cancer for a long time and Nola has forgotten what life was like before she (happily) spent all of her time helping her family. Almost as soon as she arrives at the resort, she is befriended by the exciting and addicting Carly. The two become attached at the hip and it seems like it will be the best summer Nola has ever had…that is, until Carly starts showing her manipulative side. Soon Nola can’t seem to do or say anything with Carly using it to her own advantage, and the friendship becomesĀ  toxic.

Pick this up if you like summer stories, complicated friendships, or books from the perspective of a sibling to a cancer patient.

YA Book Review- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King

Vera’s friend Charlie has died and left a giant hole where his friendship used to be. Actually, the hole was there before he died, because he decided to ditch her for a new crowd a while before the tragic circumstances that caused his death. Vera and Charlie were inseparable, and probably even in love, although neither of them would ever discuss that. Even though she is trying to ignore her grief and move on with her life, something is gnawing at Vera to further investigate the situation that ended Charlie’s life. Is someone who hurt Vera so deeply worth the additional pain of investigating his death?

Pick this up if you like mysteries and John Green.

YA Book Review- The Best Night Of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

This story takes place on the night of Oyster Point High’s Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. All of the seniors who want to participate get together in groups and meet up with the judges (last year’s winning team). There are two lists, each long and complicated, and every item gets a certain number of points. For Mary, this scavenger hunt is about a lot more than proving to her classmates that her team is the best- it’s about showing them she is more than just a goody-two-shoes brainiac. Which team will win…and how much does it really matter? Pick this up if you like fun and funny stories about senior year and growing up, or if you are a fan of crazy scavenger hunts!

YA Book Review- Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

In this story, three very different girls band together for a common cause- revenge against the people who’ve hurt them. High schoolers Mary, Kat, and Lillia are all part of the small population living on beautiful Jar Island. Mary is the “new” girl who is returning to the island to face her dark past. Kat plays the typical tough loner with a mysterious chip on her shoulder. Lillia – a pretty and popular girl with the perfect family – seems to have it all. So who did them wrong and how did they decide to depend on each other for payback? Pick this up if you like realistic fiction with a touch of the supernatural; if you love it, keep your eye out for the sequal!