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Leslie
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.
Wow! I had no expectations going in, and I was completely hooked by page 2. It's difficult to classify Feed--a satire of American life today, and a look into what the future might very probably b…
Tamora Pierce has created an intriguing new world--one that will keep readers coming back for the remaining books in the quartet. With compelling young characters that each have a tragic past to overc…
"Mean Girls" meets "Groundhog Day." Be prepared to feel completely apathetic (or worse) toward the main character for at least one-fourth of the book. Sam's life-changing experience takes an agonizing…
An Abundance of Katherines gets off to a slow start, but ends up being a sweet story of self-discovery. Colin and his friend Hassan are funny, poignant, occasionally pathetic characters, and thei…
I really had no idea what to expect from Bloodlines. The cover and title turned me off, so I was surprised to find it and other books by Richelle Mead on multiple lists of important books for you…
I've picked The Chocolate War up several times and just haven't been in the mood to read it. This time I decided to persevere. Halfway through, I found myself wondering, why am I readin…
It's not often that a young adult book can hook a reader with action and high adventure and teach valuable social lessons at the same time. Crossing the Wire is such a book. Nail-biting acti…
I've had a soft spot for Andre the Giant ever since I saw "The Princess Bride," and it was very interesting to learn more about his life and career. This visual biography was raw and tragic, despite t…
Brandon Sanderson has written another hit with this comedic adventure. Fast-paced, clever, and witty, readers of all ages will get a kick out of Alcatraz and his exciting quest to rid the world of evi…
For readers who know little about Muslim traditions and beliefs, Does My Head Look Big in This? could be a great introduction. Young women in particular will relate to Amal and her decision …
The House Girl is a beautifully-delivered tale that will keep readers turning pages well into the night.  An attorney herself, Ms. Conklin definitely knows the ins and outs of the legal p…
Chu Ju is a sweet character who displays a strong sense of familial duty. Her story takes place in present-day rural China, giving readers a sense of how removed from the modern world those remote are…