The Bookanistas: an eclectic group of YA and MG authors reviewing an eclectic assortment of YA and MG books.

Every book cover below is a book review. Click the cover to find your next read!


Archive: YA Contemporary Book Reviews Incl. Mystery

General Contemporary
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ADORKABLE by Sarra Manning
Review by Corrine Jackson


ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen 


ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway
Review by Jessica Love

AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE by Kat Rosenfield
Review by Corrine Jackson
Review by Katy Upperman

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Review by Carolina Valdez Miller
Review by Corrine Jackson


AUDITION by Stasia Kehoe (In Verse)

Review by Carolina Valdez Miller
Review by Christine Fonseca

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BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray
Review by Jessica Love

BEFORE I DIE by Jenny Downham

Review by Katy Upperman

BITTER MELON by Cara Chow

Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler
Review by Jessica Love

BLOODTHIRSTY by Flynn Meaney
Review by Carrie Harris

BRUISED by Sarah Skilton

Review by Corrine Jackson

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CATCHING JORDAN by Miranda Kenneally
Review by Tracy E. Banghart

CHOPSTICKS by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Review by Corrine Jackson
Review by Jessica Love

CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL by Louise Rozett

Review by Corrine Jackson

CRACKED by KM Walton
Review by Corrine Jackson

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DARK WATER by Laura McNeal
Review by Carolina Valdez Miller

THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour
Review by Jessica Love
Review by Katy Upperman
Review by Tracy E. Banghart

DISPLACEMENT by Thalia Chaltas
Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Ditched by Robin Mellom
Review by SR Johannes

DON'T STOP NOW by Julie Halpern
Review by Carrie Harris

DRAMARAMA by E. Lockhart
Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger 

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EPIC FAIL by Claire LaZebnik
Review by Corrine Jackson

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FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers
Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

Review by Elana Johnson
Review by Nikki Katz
Review by Jessica Love

FLAWED by Kate Avelynn
Review by Katy Upperman

G
GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt
Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

GIRL, STOLEN by April Henry

Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

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HEAD GAMES by Keri Mikulski
Review by Carrie Harris

I
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JANE by April Lindner

JOHN BELUSHI IS DEAD by Kathy Charles

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LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard
Review by Carolina Valdez Miller
Review by Elana Johnson

THE LIPSTICK LAWS by Amy Holder
Review by Carrie Harris

THE LIST by Siobhan Vivian
Review by Jessica Love

LIVE THROUGH THIS by Mindi Scott
Review by Katy Upperman

LOSING FAITH by Denise Jaden
Review by Elana Johnson

LOST IN THE RIVER GRASS by Ginny Rorby
Review by SR Johannes

LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo
Review by Katy Upperman

LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP by Amy McNamara
Review by Katy Upperman

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THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney

MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby 
Review by Carolina Valdez Miller
Review by Elana Johnson

MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Review by Jessica Love

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NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland
Review by Katy Upperman

NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook
Review by Katy Upperman

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ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES by Sonya Sones
Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

THE ONE THAT I WANT by Jennifer Echols
Review by Jessica Love

THE OPPOSITE OF HALLELUJAH by Anna Jarzab
Review by Jessica Love

THE ORACLE OF DATING by Allison van Diepen
Review by SR Johannes

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THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky


PUTTING MAKEUP ON DEAD PEOPLE by Jen Violi
Review by Carrie Harris

R
THE REECE MALCOM LIST by Amy Spalding
Review by Jessica Love

RIVAL by Sara Bennett Wealer

Review by Stasia Ward Kehoe

THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elton

Review by Jessica Love

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A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE by Matt Blackstone
Review by Elana Johnson
Review by SR Johannes

SCRAWL by Mark Shulman
Review by Carolina Valdez Miller

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
Review by Nikki Katz
Review by Jessica Love

SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD by Lindsey Leavitt
Review by Corrine Jackson
Review by Carrie Harris
Review by Elana Johnson
Review by SR Johannes

SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson
Review by Jessica Love

SHINE by Lauren Myracle
Review by Jessica Love

SHUT OUT by Kody Keplinger
Review by Tracy E. Banghart

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
Review by Carrie Harris

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith
Review by Jessica Love
Review by Tracy E. Banghart

STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally
Review by Jessica Love

STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr
Review by Corrine Jackson

STUPID FAST by Geoff Herbach
Review by Carrie Harris

SUCH A RUSH by Jennifer Echols
Review by Corrine Jackson
Review by Jessica Love

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13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES by Maureen Johnson
Review by Tracy E. Banghart

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher

Review by Corrine Jackson

THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
Review by Jessica Love

TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone

Review by Jessica Love

THE TRAGEDY PAPER by Elizabeth LaBan
Review by Katy Upperman

THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER by Sarah Dessen

Review by Corrine Jackson

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UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker
Review by Jessica Love

USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Review by Katy Upperman

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VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
Review by Elana Johnson

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WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard 
Review by Carolina Valdez Miller
Review by Jessica Love
Review by Katy Upperman

WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE by Shelley Coriell
Review by Jessica Love


WHEN IT HAPPENS by Susane Colasanti


WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney
Review by Kimberly Sabatini

WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman
Review by Corrine Jackson


WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller


WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley
Review by Jessica Love

WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler
Review by Nikki Katz
Review by Corrine Jackson
Review by Jessica Love

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan
Review by Carolina Valdez Miller

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson
Review by Corrine Jackson

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YOU by Charles Benoit
Review by Elana Johnson
MYSTERY 


D
DEADLY COOL by Gemma Halliday
Review by Tracy E. Banghart

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THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker