Navigating through High School

Down and Across

Soon-to-be high school senior Saaket “Scott” Ferdowsi has a problem: he has no passion for anything that gives him direction in life.  He easily loses interest in activities, then drops them, and moves on to something else.  Or not.  His… Read More ›

Love & Luck

Addie is in Ireland with her mom and three brothers attending an aunt’s wedding.  She is smarting from a nasty break-up in which her boyfriend shared around a topless photo she sent him.  The wedding festivities end, most of the… Read More ›

Like Never and Always

Sixteen-year-old Olivia (Liv) and seventeen-year-old Morgan are best friends driving home in a convertible late at night with their boyfriends, brothers Nathan and Clay.  Neither of the girls is wearing a seat belt (since they’re only driving five miles after… Read More ›

Nine

NINE sets the story with this opener: “In the summer of 1808, in a world parallel to our own, the sun flared, the sky turned orange, and the clouds gathered.  It rained torrentially for months straight.  After this “summer of… Read More ›

Puddin’

This book seems to be a sequel to DUMPLIN’, which I did not read, but it stands well enough on its own. It traces mainly the story of two girls, one who is in the In Crowd and seemingly has… Read More ›

The Cheerleaders

Five cheerleaders from Sunnybrook High die within two months of each other from a car crash, a suicide and a murderous attack—at least that’s what Monica Rayburn (younger sister of one of the cheerleaders) and the rest of the world… Read More ›

All That I Can Fix

The parents in many Young Adult novels are self-involved, negligent people who may provide food and shelter but pretty much expect their teenage children to raise themselves.  Or expect the kids to tend to the parents’ needs.  This book takes… Read More ›

Fadeaway

Samantha and Reagan have been besties many years and are planning their transition to freshman year of high school.  Both are athletic, and in particular they are outstanding basketball players.  Just before school starts Reagan dies suddenly of an undiagnosed… Read More ›