Young Adult reviews

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

There have doubtless been many retellings of Shakespeare’s classic love story Romeo and Juliet but few contain such a unique and compelling premise as Chloe Gong’s debut novel, These Violent Delights

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Take Me with You by Tara Altebrando

Tara Altebrando’s latest sci-fi thriller is a fascinating look at the powers of technology and human behaviour under pressure. When four teenagers are called to a teacher’s office at school, the teac…

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Karen M. McManus’s mysteries are perennial bestsellers and her fans certainly won’t be disappointed by her latest book, The Cousins. Milly, Audrey and Jonah are teenagers and cousins that have been i…

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Future Girl by Asphyxia

Written by Deaf artist and writer Asphyxia, Future Girl is a remarkable Own Voices story about a Deaf girl, set in a near-future inner-city Melbourne where food security is under threat. Portrayed as…

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Before the Beginning by Anna Morgan

Following the end of their VCE exams, four teenagers embark on Schoolies intent on celebrating the end of high school and the start of their new-found adulthood. There, they find themselves inexplica…

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Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour’s Watch Over Me is a work that sits comfortably in a COVID world where life feels disconnected and set apart, and where isolation may be our best hope for safe haven. This is a story abou…

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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

All southpaws can attest to our brilliance: take Albert Einstein or Marie Curie – both brilliant lefties. See also, Leonardo da Vinci. I might be biased here, but combine that left-handed brilliance …

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Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

In Grown, a book about a talented young singer whose big chance to succeed comes at a price, Tiffany D. Jackson reminds readers that the conflicting pressures we put on teenage girls can have disastr…

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The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

In the first of a new fantasy duology, readers are swept into an exciting world that embraces science and magic, an ancient prophecy, a goddess, and a prince who literally falls from the clouds. Nimh…

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The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Flora has been living on the pirate ship Dove as the boy Florian, along with her brother Alfie, her only living family. Life on the Dove is brutal – for the well-heeled passengers, who are informed m…

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