The Best Contemporary YA Books of 2019

The Best Contemporary YA Books of 2019

It's finally time to share my best YA books of 2019! I know I disappeared for a minute after sharing my 2019 middle-grade favorites, but it's just a really busy season of life right now. I read less and less YA toward the end of this year, just because it's hard to find the kind [...]

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REVIEW | The World Ends in April

REVIEW | The World Ends in April

The World Ends in April is author Stacy McAnulty's sophomore middle-grade novel. Her strong-willed protagonist Eleanor Dross's grandfather is a survivalist. When a renowned scientist begins to spread news of an impending asteroid hit, Eleanor gets caught up in end-of-the-world propaganda. Along with Mack she starts a survivalist club at school. The club attracts some unexpected members, including Eleanor's nemesis, Londyn. But as the kids prepare for TEOTWAWKI (the End of the World as We Know It), they learn more about each other and life than they expect.

REVIEW | Braced by Alyson Gerber

REVIEW | Braced by Alyson Gerber

In Braced, Rachel Brooks has finally scored a spot as a forward on her soccer team. She just needs one more doctor's visit to check on her scoliosis -- one she hopes will be the last. Unfortunately, the doctor has bad news for her: the curve has worsened and she'll have to wear a back brace. Worse still, she needs to be in a back brace for twenty-three hours a day. How will she still play soccer? What will her friends think? And what about Tate, the boy she's crushing on?