Fall is an excellent time to get into some spooky, haunty, ghoulish titles, and there are a variety of new books to tantalize teens. Horror isn’t so much a genre with a specific set of rules, but a mood that comes into a variety of other genres whether it is fantasy, paranormal, mystery, historical, or realistic and can contain elements of slasher, body horror, gothic, dark fantasy, or folk horror just to name a few. There are a variety of short story collections and novels for teens, and some adult crossovers to suggest that will be sure to give teens thrills and chills in whatever their genre inclinations are.Continue reading Genre Spotlight: Horror for Teens
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
Bloomsbury YA / Macmillan
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Rob and Maegan have been ostracized by their classmates: Rob’s crooked father embezzled money leaving some community members struggling financially, and Maegan jeopardized classmates’ SAT scores by cheating during the test. Both have put up walls to protect themselves but romantically connect when those walls come down. Maegan learns that Rob takes care of his father whose unsuccessful suicide attempt requires twenty-four hour care. Rob guesses that Maegan’s new family drama includes her older sister’s unplanned pregnancy while on a full-ride lacrosse scholarship to Duke that their father wants kept secret. How can anything go right when so much has gone wrong?