Balzer + Bray

Charming as a Verb

Okay, let me start with a disclaimer that Ben Philippe is currently my very favorite YA author. Yes, I wish he didn’t sometimes use religious profanity and occasional slang that undoubtedly gives offense to some readers, but he is spot-on… Read More ›

Rules for Being a Girl

Long-time best friends Marin Lospato and Chloe Niarchos are high school seniors who also are co-editors of their school newspaper. They seem like typical teens with the usual interests, with a good social circle of friends, supportive families, and realistic… Read More ›

On the Come Up

This story opens with sixteen-year-old Brianna (Bri) Jackson dealing with a lot of worries.  Her dad, once a rising rap star on the underground scene, is twelve-years-dead from a gang-related shooting, having left the family his famous name, a prized… 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 ›

Here We Are Now

A 16-year-old girl has been raised by her single Jordanian immigrant mother in Indianapolis.  In poking around old papers, she discovers her dad is a famous rock musician.  She writes him a few letters asking to meet him.  One day… Read More ›