Traci Cothran

About Traci Cothran

When she's not reading YA lit and mysteries, publishing pro Traci Cothran can be found defending 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.

July 13, 2014

Zombies? Coming-of-Age? All at Once

Courtney Summers’s young adult novel, This Is Not a Test, explores the theme of survival – at multiple levels.

July 6, 2014

On the Heels of If I Stay: Gayle Forman's Where She Went

Where She Went continues the story of Mia and Adam, who we met in Gayle Forman's previous and exquisite novel, If I Stay.

June 29, 2014

Teen Search and Rescue: The Body in the Woods

April Henry was inspired by a real-life search-and-rescue team in the creation of her new series, Point Last Seen

June 22, 2014

YA for the Tech Set: Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and Homeland

For today’s youth, these fictional stories entertain and also serve as a reminder to kids that this country is theirs – and if they see abuses of power, it’s within their power to affect change.

June 15, 2014

Lose Your Head Over John Corey Whaley's Noggin

How’s this for a premise: A terminally ill teenage boy decides to have his head severed and frozen, in hopes that someday he’ll be able to come back to life.

June 14, 2014

Tuesday's Child Is Full of Guts: The Girl with All the Gifts

M. R. Carey’s novel, The Girl with All the Gifts, asks the question: so what do we do with all these thinking, feeling zombie children, anyway?

June 8, 2014

Satisfying New YA: Hungry by H. A. Swain

I will admit to some skepticism upon reading the description of this book, with the tagline 'In the Future, Food is Gone.'

May 25, 2014

A Remarkable New Voice in YA Fiction: Infinite Sky

There is a magical thing that happens every once in a while with in irresistible new novel. Such is the case with C.J. Flood’s debut, Infinite Sky.

May 18, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: An Exquisite YA Treat

E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars is the young adult novel people will be buzzing about all spring and then some!

May 11, 2014

When Blackmail Leads to Bullying: Charles Benoit's YA Novel Cold Calls

What would you do if someone knew a secret about you, and blackmailed you into bullying others to keep that secret hidden?

May 4, 2014

A Teen Read to See Before the Movie: Gayle Forman's If I Stay

Gayle Forman's If I Stay is a quiet, young adult novel that is scheduled for film release this fall – “quiet” because most of it takes place while seventeen-year-old Mia is in a coma following a devastating car wreck.

April 27, 2014

Finding Father: Marcus Sedgwick's She Is Not Invisible

Let the story in Marcus Sedgwick’s She Is Not Invisible be a lesson for parents out there: Don’t let your kids know your pin numbers – and hide your credit cards.

April 20, 2014

The Ghosts of Privilege: Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

Author and screenwriter Amy Talkington has created a doozy of a young adult boarding school novel with her Wickham Hall novel, Liv, Forever.

April 16, 2014

Aging Is Funny: Annabelle Gurwitch's New Memoir

Annabelle Gurwitch's new memoir, I See You Made an Effort, highlights the pieces of aging that warrant a little -- and often a lot -- of laughter.

April 13, 2014

A New Kind of 'Sisterhood' from Ann Brashares

Brashares’ new novel, The Here and Now, is just as compelling a story, but very different from her previous Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.