UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir

Lindin, E. (2015). UnSlut: a diary and a memoir. San Francisco: Zest Books. Age: 13+ Rating: 5/5 Emily Lindin was eleven years old when she unwillingly “went to third base” with her boyfriend and was branded a slut by her peers. From grades six to eight, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and…

The Throwaway Daughter

Ye, T., & Bell, W. (2004). Throwaway daughter. Toronto: Seal Books. Age Range: 13+ Rating: 5/5 Grace Dong-Mei Parker wants only to be a typical Canadian teenager. She doesn’t want her predominantly white neighborhood constantly reminding her of her Chinese heritage, nor her adoptive parents forcing her to take Mandarin classes in Toronto. She doesn’t…

Rules for Werewolves

Lynn, K. (2016). Rules for werewolves. Place of publication not identified: Melville House. Lorem Ipsum  

Love in the Time of Global Warming

Block, F. L. (2013). Love in the time of global warming. New York: Henry Holt and Company. Age Range: 15+ Rating: 4/5 A retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope (Pen) is separated from her friends and family in the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the city of Los Angeles. She sets out into the desert to find her…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Chbosky, S. (1999). The perks of being a wallflower. New York: Pocket Books. Age Range: 16+ Rating: 4/5 Written as a series of letters, fifteen-year-old Charlie is nervous about starting his freshman year of high school. He befriends Patrick and Sam, stepsiblings in their senior year. Charlie is introverted, shy, and struggling with undiagnosed mental…

Vampire Academy (Series)

Mead, R. (2007). Vampire Academy. New York: Razorbill. Mead, R. (2008). Frostbite. New York: Razorbill. Mead, R. (2008). Shadow Kiss. New York: Razorbill. Age Range: 13-17 Rating: 2/5 Rose and Lissa were trying to fit in as normal teenagers- as normal as they could, at least, since Lissa is a moroi (vampire) and Rose is her guardian. After two…

The Princess Diaries

Cabot, M. [author] & Hathaway, A. [narrator]. (2006). The Princess Diaries. [Audiobook].                New York: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group Age Range: 13+ Rating: 4/5 Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo (Mia)is an average thirteen-year-old: she struggles in math, her Mom is embarrassing, and her crush has no idea she…

Bioshock

2K Boston. (2007) Bioshock. [Computer Game]. Boston, Massachusetts: 2K Games. Age: 17+ (ESRB rates this game M for Mature) Rating: 5/5 “Rapture, a city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, Where the great would not be constrained by the small! And with the sweat of…

Dragon Age Inquisition

BioWare. (2014). Dragon Age: Inquisition. [Computer Game]. Edmonton, Alberta: Electronic Arts. Age Range: 17+, ESRB rates this game M for Mature Ranking:  5/5 When a hole to the Fade is ripped open in the sky, the world of Thedas teeters on the brink of destruction. You are placed in the role of The Herald of Andraste/The…