Teen Book Reviews
If you are looking for some very readable Young Adult books for older teens, here are my current recommendations:
Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl by Debra Garfinkle
High School Freshman Mike Pomerantz also known as "Storky" (due to his resemblance to a stork) is just trying to find a place in the complicated high school world that we all know so well. With a slightly geeky reputation, Mike's older sister, Amanda, couldn't be more opposite. Not only does he have to deal with his parents divorce and the difficult ways of his selfish father, he must cope with seeing his life-long friend and secret love, Gina, find a boyfriend and slip out of his life. On top of that, Mike's mother starts dating his creepy and overly friendly dentist, as his goal to win the heart of Gina fades away. Told in a journal style, "Storky" is a slightly risqué but hilarious story.
A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
Sixteen-year-old Simone has always known she was adopted but lacked the desire to meet her biological family. But now, her parents are encouraging her to meet her birthmother, Rivka, who is interested in meeting and creating a relationship with Simone. So out of curiosity, Simone agrees to meet Rivka, where she learns about a life of religion and tradition she never knew she had. Just as things are going well for Simone and she is started to put the pieces together, Rivka shares a secret that just may bring Simone closer to a life she never had.
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman
Eleven-year-old Justine Silver has decided to become Catholic for lent. Intrigued by the religion due to her best friend Mac's devotion, Justine starts to make a confessional out of her closet. Although Justine is Jewish, her family has given up on orthodox traditions and only her beloved grandmother, Bubbe, practices them. Justine is filled with confusion over her relationships with her parents and siblings like many "almost twelve-year-olds" and feels lost in the world. But when Bubbe starts to get very ill, Justine must decide who she is and where she stands in a world filled with many beliefs.
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Jillian Bietz, Teen columnist, enjoys reading, creative writing, acting and cooking.
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