Family Relationships

Light Years

Teenage Luisa (aka Lu) is a talented, brilliant girl with a peculiar inherited faculty of experiencing smells and colors when she is feeling strong emotion.  (She has other “gifts” which emerge in the course of the book.) She applies for… Read More ›

Love Double Dutch!

Brooklyn NY 7th-grader MaKayla is into Double Dutch, competition jump-roping with two ropes.  Just when her team qualifies to go to the national competition, her parents’ marriage threatens to fall apart and she is sent with her younger brother to… Read More ›

Into the Hurricane

Eli is a young man whose troubled older sister Celeste committed suicide by throwing herself off a lighthouse.  Eli was unable to stop her, and when he got to her broken body and found her still alive, instead of staying… Read More ›

The Last Thing You Said

In a Minnesota resort town two sets of brother-sister duos are lifelong, great friends.  One of the girls dies suddenly from an undiagnosed heart ailment.  Over the next year both sets of parents and the remaining three teenagers struggle to… Read More ›

My So-Called Bollywood Life

Winnie and Raj have been devoted to each other for three-and-a-half years, ever since starting high school together in Princeton, NJ.  Because Winnie’s parents consulted a pandit who prophesied that she would find her soulmate before her eighteenth birthday and… Read More ›

Rosie Girl

(This review contains a critical spoiler.) Two high school senior girls are best friends.  You might think from their physical closeness they are gay, but this is vague and turns out not to be the case. Rosie was close to… Read More ›

the girl in between

Not sure why this is a YA book because the girl from whose view the story is told seems younger.  Anyway.  The girl and her mother are living with the grandmother when a fight erupts between the two older women,… Read More ›

The Window

When the body of Jess’s twin sister, Anna, is found one morning on the lawn underneath her bedroom window, the family is shocked to realize she had been laying there unseen throughout the night.  A member of her high school… Read More ›

The Fall of Grace

High school junior Grace Pierce loves photography. She likes the way you can “freeze the world just the way you want it,” and she aspires to win the National Foundation of the Arts Student Photography Contest in order to be… Read More ›