Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014

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      The Best Fiction for Young Adults list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises fiction appropriate for ages 12 to 18. [...]
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      Copyright 2014 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
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      Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 14, p. 7, 2014. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 fev. 2020.
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      Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014. Booklist. 2014;(14):7. Accessed February 17, 2020.
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      Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014. (2014). Booklist, 14, 7.
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      Booklist. 2014. “Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014.”
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      Booklist (2014) ‘Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014’, p. 7. Available at: (Accessed: 17 February 2020).
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      ‘Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014’ 2014, Booklist, no. 14, p. 7, viewed 17 February 2020, .
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      “Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014.” Booklist, no. 14, 2014, p. 7. EBSCOhost,
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      “Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014.” Booklist, 2014.
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      Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014. Booklist [Internet]. 2014 [cited 2020 Feb 17];(14):7. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2013 June #1

*Starred Review* Last winter, Sam's mother ran away into "something called Women's Land," leaving his father first catatonic, then weirdly proactive and involved in Sam's life. When Sam's brother returns from college, their father takes them to a beach town that appears to be run by beautiful blonde young women, whose accents are unplaceable and exotic. These Girls (with a capital G) seem bound by unknowable rules. Out of all these mysterious women, Sam finds DeeDee, who, like him, understands betrayal and parental abandonment but on a level that even he can't fathom. Split between Sam's observations of the events and passages from the Girls' collective attempts to explain their dramatic and confused origin ("First we are alone. We're not sure how we find one another, but we do. Then we are still alone, but in the way sardines are alone."), Madison's novel offers up a feast of mythology and human nature. The author nimbly exercises Sam's running-monologue narration, with raunchy, sarcastic sentences and oddly vulnerable bro-speak weave with ethereal, spellbinding descriptions of love, scenery, or epiphany. This command of language, both informal and beautiful, lifts the work from a basic boy-meets-fantastical creature tale to something both familiar and tragically moving. This isn't just a supernatural beach read; it's a rare and lovely novel, deserving of attention from discriminating readers. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall

Sam and his older brother are spending the summer in an Outer Banks beach town. Mysteriously, beautiful girls are everywhere; and mysteriously, they all stare at Sam. Eventually, Sam learns about a fantastical legend and curse he can break...if he's willing to lose his virginity. Sam's dry wit makes for an engaging narrative voice, elevating this otherwise average mermaid tale.

PW Reviews 2013 April #4

When 17-year-old Sam accompanies his older brother and increasingly distracted father to a washed-out beach town for the summer, after his mother inexplicably bails on the family, he expects to spend long hours watching The Price Is Right. What he doesn't expect are legions of gorgeous, though somehow strange blonde "Girls" (as Sam thinks of them) all eyeing him like he's, well, special. After Sam meets and feels an instant connection with one of the Girls, DeeDee, the summer takes a crazy turn. Madison gives Sam's voice the perfect blend of sardonic sharpness and teenage uncertainty. Though the story abounds with lustful groping, alcohol-drenched parties, and profane guy-talk, moments of insight sneak up, too, like when Sam realizes that he loves his mother despite her wanderings or that his brother, though not pedestal-worthy, is an okay guy. Madison maintains the same hazy, syrupy languidness that distinguished The Blonde of the Joke, giving summer days at the shore the same sort of mythological heft the fluorescent American mall possessed in his previous book. A surprising story of a kid finding love and himself, when he wasn't looking for either. Ages 14–up. (June)

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