Young Adult reviews

The Last Girl by Michael Adams

When Danby begins to hear everyone else’s thoughts at a party, it immediately makes her extremely unpopular. But a few days later everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts too and chaos immediately …

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All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

Four years ago Judith snuck out to meet up with her best friend who was to reveal to Judith who she was secretly having an affair with. But while Judith waits she witnesses something horrific and the…

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Vango by Timothée de Fombelle

I’ll admit it, I had misgivings about this book; I couldn’t see how the story of a novice priest’s ordination would be relevant to a young adult. But from the moment our hero nimbly scales the height…

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How to Love by Katie Cotugno

What happens when the boy you’ve been in love with your whole life finally notices you? You kiss him, of course, followed by romantic dates, sneaky make-out sessions and a life full of love and happi…

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The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner

It starts with a fever, a water tower and a can of cherry cola. I know, what on earth! But when Nick Gardner, king of high fevers, hallucinates while sick and believes he is being chased by a big can…

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

As the omnipresent narrator explains, Two Boys Kissing is about the power of possibility. It’s not about sex, it’s about the power of seeing two boys who love each other being able to display that lo…

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The Vanishing Moment by Margaret Wild

In The Vanishing Moment, Margaret Wild introduces us to two young women, both of whom have experienced major trauma and sadness. Arrow witnessed a terrible tragedy when she was just a small child and…

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Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Contemporary re-imaginings of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes have proved successful of late. This debut Australian novel offers another worthwhile interpretation, with a uniquely YA approach.

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

A new young adult novel by Carnegie Medal-winning writer Patrick Ness is grounds for great excitement. When Ness was recently in Melbourne, he read the first devastating pages where the protagonist, …

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So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

Brooke has been in love with Scott Abrams for the past two years. She’s never told him how she feels, but that’s all going to change at the junior picnic. Brooke’s plans are turned on their head thou…

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