Traci J. Cothran

About Traci J. Cothran

When she's not reading YA lit and mysteries, publishing pro Traci Cothran can be found promoting her adopted city of Detroit, listening to her favorite audiobook narrators, watching Doctor Who, and running 5Ks in costume - all while not being quite as geeky as that sounds.

October 11, 2015

An Unordinary Tale for the Ordinary: Patrick Ness's Latest

Patrick Ness's new young adult novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, is something of a tribute to the ninety-nine percent of us who will never win the Hunger Games, never get the girl or guy, not get a scholarship to Harvard, never make the football team or cheerleading squad, and never slay a vampire.

October 4, 2015

YA to Cry Over: Edwidge Danticat's Untwine

'When you lose someone, it's as if they've been smashed into a thousand pieces and what you're doing in the aftermath is gathering a few of those pieces to put some version of that person back together again.'

September 27, 2015

Let the Glitter Fall Where It May: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy's charming book Dumplin' celebrates the self - specifically the teenaged, plus-sized self of Willowdean Opal Dickson, daughter of the winner of Clover City's Miss Teen Blue Bonnet (1997), and fan of all things Dolly Parton.

September 17, 2015

Wicked Humor x 2: The Intern's Handbook and Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn

If you have a slightly wicked sense of humor, you will adore these darkly farcical takes on the modern workplace.

September 13, 2015

More for Vivian Apple: Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle

In this sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World, things are getting weirder and wilder and are as entertaining as ever.

September 6, 2015

A Sparkling, Not Schmaltzy Teen Love Story: Everything, Everything

Nicola Yoon’s sparkling debut young adult novel, Everything, Everything, is, well, everything you’d want in a teen romance – minus the schmaltz.

August 30, 2015

Princess X Is Everywhere: YA from Cherie Priest

Nicely paced and coming to a satisfying close, this book incorporating friendship, girl power, and a graphic novel is hard to beat.

August 23, 2015

Life V.2: Mark Alpert's YA Novel The Six

Begin with this supposition: You are a teenager with a terminal illness. Scientists have recently found a way to electronically capture a person’s mind – memory, thoughts, reasoning, personality – and transfer it into a machine. Knowing your days were coming to a close sooner rather than later, would you choose to have a future (as a humanized robot), or accept your limited time as a human?

August 2, 2015

The Rules Matter in This New YA Novel

Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder’s new YA novel, The Rules, is filled with chills and thrills.

July 26, 2015

Climbing Up: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella has crafted a realistic portrait of a family in crisis. It's been a tough year for all of them, and the cracks show.

July 19, 2015

Maps, Whitman, and Margo: Paper Towns by John Green

Check out John Green's Paper Towns before the movie lands in theaters!

July 12, 2015

What You Don't Know: Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Do you remember that moment growing up when you heard something about your parents' past and realized - for the first time - that they had a whole life before you were born?

July 5, 2015

The Drama to End All Drama: New YA from Emily Adrian

Has there ever been a better time to be a drama nerd? In these post-“Glee” days of the dramatic arts, is there even such thing as a “drama nerd” anymore? That’s the question we’re asking at the start of Emily Adrian’s Like It Never Happened.

June 28, 2015

A Life Left Behind: Vivian Apple at the End of the World

Don't be fooled by this initial, disarmingly innocent vision of the apocalypse or Coyle’s novel will catch you off guard with its exploration of a range of intense topics.

June 14, 2015

New YA from Sarah Dessen: Saint Anything

You don’t need to read many novels to know it’s not easy being a second child. In her new novel, Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen approaches those sibling dynamics and adds a thousand other layers.