The Crossover is a book about twin 12-year-old boys who love basketball. My boys are 11-year-old twins who love basketball. They’re also always complaining that they can’t find any good fiction about basketball, so when I saw a teaser on HMH’s Twitter feed, I knew my kiddos’ brains would basically explode. My only concern? It’s written in verse, and ...
A Death-Struck Year is Makiia Lucier’s debut novel and I hate to say it, but here and there, it  shows. I didn’t dislike this book–far from it. I thought the plot was interesting, the characters were mostly well-done, and the setting was great. I just wanted a little…more. Firstly: the characters. Cleo, the heroine, is lovely. She’s brave, thoughtful, and ...
I picked Vibes up just to see what Ryan could do with something that wasn’t set in space (am I the only one who hears “set. in. space.” in Julia Roberts’ voice, ala Notting Hill?). It’s a very different sort of novel, and a completely different type of heroine–she’s brash and abrasive and would almost be off-putting, if she ...