Though September is a crazy busy month, especially for YA releases, this week is a little slower. Today, three new YA titles that I’ve read are hitting shelves.

It’s a Whole Spiel
edited by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman

It’s a Whole Spiel, a YA anthology by a strong lineup of Jewish YA writers, was a joy to read.

Be warned–there’s some secondhand embarrassment and excruciating hormone-fueled intensity ahead. In my opinion, all that pain and joy add up to a truly Young Adult experience. The anthology is very well balanced, painting a nuanced, intersectional picture of contemporary Jewish teen life.

If you’re on the fence about picking this one up, just try the first story. I think you should be able to read the first story from the ebook sample (most of it, at least). That’s perfect, because the very first story, “Indoor Kids” by Alex London, was one of my favorites. (Before that, there’s a forward by the amazing Mayim Bialik, but it’s pretty short.)

One Person, No Vote: YA Edition
Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden

I wasn’t a fan of the YA rewrite of Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden’s One Person, No Vote. If you’re interested in the subject, definitely go for the original version instead–yes, even if you’re a teen.

The Babysitters Coven
Kate Williams

I don’t recommend The Babysitters Coven either. As with Rebel Girls, I got the impression I was supposed to find the main character edgy and feminist and cool… but her small-mindedness and mean spirit turned me off the book pretty quick. I probably should have DNFed, because even if you can get past the character, the story itself is a mess.

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