May 3, 2016

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What To Read Next: 2017 Award Edition

The season is done, the award has been given, we’ve all gasped and mourned (only two honors!) and celebrated, and finally it’s time to look forward to the 2017 YMAs. A final thank you to the RealCommittee, whose hard work has given us three excellent choices to talk about and discuss for years to come. […]

Pyrite: Fun with numbers!

I have to say, running the Pyrite this early in the new year is weird. That being said, many of you took a few moments during the last days of 2015 to vote for the books you think deserve a (fake) honor. As we’ve seen in the past, there’s not a lot of surprise in this […]

Honor Girl

Honor Girl, Maggie Thrash Candlewick Press, September 2015 Reviewed from final copy I was distracted while reading Honor Girl. The first two chapters orient the reader in the early days of the new millennium; there’s a list of celebrity crushes including Leonardo DiCaprio, Usher, and Justin Timberlake, our narrator is reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of […]

The Weight of Feathers

The Weight of Feathers, Anna-Marie McLemore Thomas Dunne Books, September 2015 Reviewed from ebook In previous years, I’ve been much more familiar with the Morris Award nominees, but Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Weight of Feathers is the only book of this year’s nominees that I’ve read. Truthfully, if I don’t get around to the others I […]

Symphony for the City of the Dead

Symphony for the City of the Dead, M.T. Anderson Candlewick Press, September 2015 Reviewed from ARC One of my favorite books last year was Candace Fleming’s The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. Despite having a ton of critical praise for its tight, thrilling narrative and thoughtful approach to complex history, it […]

A Song for Ella Grey

A Song for Ella Grey, David Almond Delacorte Press, October 2015 Reviewed from ARC Here’s a novel that is exactly what its title indicates it will be: a song for Ella Grey. David Almond’s lyrical novel—his third (!) to come out this year—is about the desperate first love of one’s youth that can inspire for […]

All American Boys

All American Boys, Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely Atheneum Books for Young Readers, September 2015 Reviewed from final copy My high school students will find that this novel hits very close to home. As residents of New York City, many of them joined and organized protests when grand juries decided not to indict the police […]

Roundup: Countries in conflict

Black Dove, White Raven, Elizabeth Wein Disney-Hyperion, March 2015 Reviewed from final copy Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go, Laura Rose Wagner Amulet Books, January 2015 Reviewed from final e-book It’s a midweek roundup of books with commas in their titles. Okay, these two books are also about countries in the midst of crisis. Black Dove, White Raven is set […]

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera Soho Teen, June 2015 Reviewed from e-ARC This is the kind of book that can’t be discussed deeply without spoiling it. Big spoilers ahead; watch out.  If you could forget the most painful memories of your life, would you? Maybe you’ve seen this scenario play out in Eternal Sunshine of the […]

Printzbery Part 3: Now with cat ears

Goodbye Stranger, Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books, August 2015 Reviewed from ARC Continuing our Printzbery series, today we’re looking at Goodbye Stranger, Rebecca Stead’s latest which has received six stars. The question of intended and/or appropriate audience is one we could debate for a long time. For our purposes, let’s focus on what makes this […]

X: A Novel

X: A Novel, Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon Candlewick Press, January 2015 Reviewed from final copy X: A Novel made the NBA longlist and is one of five YA novels to receive six stars this year. (For reference, the other titles are: Challenger Deep, The Tightrope Walkers, Goodbye Stranger, and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler. All […]

Saint Anything

Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen Viking, May 2015 Reviewed from final copy Truth time: I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that Saint Anything is the first Sarah Dessen novel I’ve read; I didn’t read YA when I was actually in that demographic and she was never on my syllabi as an education or library student. Although I […]

You know nothing, Mim Malone: Mosquitoland

Mosquitoland, David Arnold Viking, March 2015 Reviewed from final copy There are major spoilers ahead so if you don’t want to know major plot points for Mosquitoland proceed with caution. At a certain point in one’s reading life, first person narration immediately triggers suspicion of an unreliable narrator. It’s not a terrible starting point because […]

Fiction Roundup: Depressed Teens Edition

All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven Knopf Books for Young Readers, January 2015 Reviewed from final copy I Was Here, Gayle Forman Viking, January 2015 Reviewed from ARC Hey folks, a friendly reminder that we do spoilers here so if you don’t want to know major plot points for either of these novels, consider yourself […]

The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black Suit, Jason Reynolds Atheneum Books for Young Readers, January 2015 Reviewed from final copy Sometimes people who are grieving can find comfort in structured routines. Matt Miller, the titular boy of The Boy in the Black Suit, doesn’t just adopt a routine; he gets a job at a local funeral […]

Honor Vote Results, with a Small Surprise

Honor Vote Results, with a Small Surprise

Well folks, it’s been a whirlwind mock weekend here at Someday. When we announced our winner yesterday we also noted the four titles that finished just behind I’ll Give You the Sun’s winning 52 points. Those books were: This One Summer, Grasshopper Jungle, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, and How I Discovered […]

Pyrite Redux: We’re All Stories in the End

At last Saturday’s Mock Printz, a Hudson Valley Library Associate book club regular, Susannah Goldstein, aptly called 2014 “the year of storytelling.” It was a dead-on observation that applies to so many 2014 books. Storytelling is certainly a theme that’s resonated with me this year. One major question books like How It Went Down and The Unfinished Life […]

Pyrite Redux: Lifestyles of the Rich and Privileged

Pyrite Redux: Lifestyles of the Rich and Privileged

The ALA Youth Media Awards are just around the corner and that means that it’s redux time! Today we’re revisiting two 2014 favorites: Candace Fleming’s The Family Romanov and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The Hudson Valley Library Association’s book club met today for its annual Mock Printz. Karyn and I hosted some very […]

100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles, Andrew Smith Simon & Schuster, September 2014 Reviewed from final copy If you were a teenager who spent at least one long night with friends discussing the future, destiny, and the fear that you can’t control the course of your life, 100 Sideways Miles probably reminded you of those moments. Finn Easton, the novel’s […]

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, Adele Griffin Soho Teen, August 2014 Reviewed from final copy A few weeks ago, I reviewed How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon. It’s not immediately obvious, but that title shares remarkable similarities with Adele Griffin’s faux-nonfiction novel, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone. Both books focus on dead teens, […]