Olivia Wisse, Hofstra University
This masterful modern historical fiction novel explores celebrity culture, family destiny and female strength — all on the glamorous surf of California.
Ian Linn, Oberlin College
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Julia Greene, Columbia College Chicago
The author’s second novel, which follows a grandmother and granddaughter, puts family and community at the forefront but lacks balance in its storytelling.
The book is full of social media, insane baked goods and a love story you can’t help but root for.
Anna Barnard, St. Olaf College
In her new book, Samantha Mabry shows readers that vulnerability and independence are not mutually exclusive.
There’s no shame in dropping a book that you have no desire to read.
Starr Shapiro, Columbia University
Susan Choi’s novel defies conventional wisdom about fiction and intentionally creates characters that are hard to relate to — making a unique, compelling read in the process.
Mia Kellner, University of St Andrews
At first glance, ‘The Hunger Games’ prequel has flat characters and a dull Hunger Games. However, is Suzanne Collins just challenging readers to reflect on how they view violence in entertainment?
Allison Kestler, Augustana College
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Kiersten Lynch, Seton Hall University
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Angela Herbst, Lakeland University
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Shashank Rao, University of Michigan
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Abby Wolfe, Colgate University
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Megan Schnese, University of Alaska, Anchorage
With all the stereotypes of painting teenage girls as phone-obsessed idiots, Dessen changes that image within her novels.
Danielle Wilkinson, Purdue University
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