Young Adult (14-18)

Nonfiction, Young Adult (14-18)

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products (©2017) by Aubre Andrus is brand-new book from Switch Press, a young adult imprint of Capstone Publishing. I’ve been making handmade soaps, lotions, and scrubs since I was a teenager (and I briefly had my own Etsy business in my early […]

March 1, 2017 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: 45 Pounds (More or Less)

YA Favorite: 45 Pounds (More or Less)

For any teens out there looking for a new book to read over spring break, I highly recommend 45 Pounds (More or Less) (©2013) by K.A. Barson. Sixteen-year-old Ann has always struggled with her weight. Feeling constantly prodded by her thin, “perfect” mother, Ann is constantly caught in a vicious […]

March 25, 2014 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: The Tragedy Paper

YA Favorite: The Tragedy Paper

The Tragedy Paper (©2013) is the enthralling debut novel by Elizabeth LaBan. The book follows the story of Tim, a high school senior and recent transfer to a prestigious boarding school. Tim, an albino, feels like he will never be accepted by his peers. But when he connects with Vanessa, […]

April 17, 2013 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

The Prom Book

The Prom Book

The Prom Book: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need (©2013) by Lauren Metz is a comprehensive guide for any prom-bound girl. The author is a former Seventeen magazine employee and prom veteran, and the book also includes tips from real teens and beauty experts! The book is split into four […]

April 8, 2013 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

Style and Beauty by Lauren Conrad

Style and Beauty by Lauren Conrad

Today I’m pleased to share two great non-fiction books for teen girls by fashion icon Lauren Conrad. Style is great for girls who are making the transition to a more “grown up” wardrobe. It covers everything; the basics that every wardrobe needs, shopping tips and advice, caring for your clothes, […]

March 27, 2013 ×

Middle Grade (9-13), Young Adult (14-18)

Great Reads for Tweens

Great Reads for Tweens

In my experience, one of the most difficult age groups to find books for is 11 to 14 years old. For young teens and pre-teens, also known “tweens,” finding books can be tricky. As kids start to outgrow much of the independent reader section of the bookstore, heading to the […]

March 17, 2013 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

Born Wicked is Wicked Good

Born Wicked is Wicked Good

“Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship – […]

December 6, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian Sozu has never led what you’d call a normal life. For as long as she can remember, death has followed her wherever she goes. On her sixteenth birthday, Meridian witnesses a deadly accident and is immediately sent away to stay with her great-aunt in Revelation, Colorado. It is there […]

November 24, 2012 ×

Middle Grade (9-13), Young Adult (14-18)

A Year Told Through Stuff

A Year Told Through Stuff

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf (©2007) by Jennifer L. Holm is not your everyday novel. This non-traditional story is described as “a year told through stuff.” Using nothing but notes, lists, homework assignments, poems, shopping receipts, and other items, the author tells the story of 12-year-old Ginny Davis’s first […]

November 14, 2012 ×

Young Adult (14-18)

YA Favorite: Before I Fall

YA Favorite: Before I Fall

Samantha Kingston thinks she has a pretty perfect life. She and her best friends Lindsay, Ally, and Elody are four of the most popular girls in school and she’s dating the hottest guy around. But when a Friday night spent partying ends in a fatal car wreck, Sam wakes up […]

October 12, 2012 ×