Offside, by M.G. Higgins (Lerner, 2013)

Faith Patel may only be an average soccer player—practically a benchwarmer for the Fraser High Copperheads—but it’s something she loves.  More importantly, it’s one of her few refuges from the constant pressure of family and academics. Torn between her responsibilities … Continue reading

This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith (Little, Brown and Co, 2013)

He’s a teen movie star with a pet pig and a severe case of the sort of loneliness only the famous can know.  She’s a small town girl with daddy issues and her own reasons for keeping out of the … Continue reading

Speechless, by Hannah Harrington (Harlequin/Mira INK, 2012)

What happens when a mean girl goes a step too far through carelessness, not malevolence, and ends up experiencing a self-imposed penance? Just ask Chelsea Knot, generally regarded as a major blabbermouth who’ll do anything to stay in the good … Continue reading

Virtuosity, by Jessica Martinez (Simon & Schuster, 2011)

  Seventeen-year-old Carmen Bianchi is a violin prodigy, a world-class, Grammy-winning, Stradivarius-wielding musician at the top of her game. She’s on track to compete in, and quite possibly win, the prestigious Guarneri competition, which would catapult her to a new … Continue reading

Everything I Was, by Corinne Demas (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Books, 2011)

Thirteen-year-old Irene’s life is falling apart around her. Her father’s lost his job due to some corporate downsizing, while her mother’s excessive spending habits have helped put the family into debt. The solution: sell off much of their belongings, leave … Continue reading

What Can't Wait, by Ashley Hope Perez (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Books, 2011)

Marisa Moreno feels chained down by obligations, stretched thin in every direction by familial duties and expectations. Her parents barely speak English, her brother is more interested in tricking out his truck than helping out, and her sister is trapped … Continue reading