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Here's what people are saying about BALLADS OF SUBURBIA:

"....an intensely real and painfully honest novel of high-school anxiety." and "....Kuehnert nails the raw vulnerability of teendom and delivers a hard-hitting and mesmerizing read." - Booklist

"Like an American Beauty for the teen set." - NewCity

"With her first two novels, Kuehnert has created vivid pictures of teenage lives that lie in that borderland that abuts adulthood. It is a fertile, confusing and intense place, and Kuehnert never holds back. But like a good ballad, she keeps the stories taut and precise, with a touch of heart thrown in for good measure." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Ballads of Suburbia bridges the gap between Yates and Selby, Jr. It brings the dark, gritty reality of teenage culture in suburban America to the surface through a cast of characters that are hard not to love. Like Last Exit to Brooklyn, Stephanie Kuehnert puts a face on the drug addled and disaffected youth of the quiet, tree-lined streets of Oak Park, Illinois. Like Yates, she puts a dark and dystopic spin on the outwardly beautiful face of the suburbs. This book is an achievement and solidifies the place of Stephanie Kuehnert as a powerhouse writer, and one that is unafraid to tackle hard and tender issues. I can't wait to read what she writes next." - Julia Callahan of Book Soup

"This book is powerful. It's been haunting me for days. Yes, haunting me." - The Story Siren, 5 star review, Recipient of the Luminous Pearl Award

"BALLADS OF SUBURBIA is a remarkable achievement that hits you right where it counts (your heart) and lingers where it matters (the brain). Iím truly looking forward to seeing what Stephanie Kuehnert will do next." - Steph Su Reads, 5 out of 5 rating

"10/10. The characters, the plot, the prose, EVERYTHING about Ballads is perfect. Thereís not a single thing I would change about it and I think that EVERYONE should read it. It will open your eyes in a way no other book can." - Harmony Book Reviews

"This novel was addicting. It was harsh, raw, cruel, sad, and painful, but the scariest of all is that this is real. In one powerful novel, whole worlds are exposed. I recommend this novel to anyone ready to see the truth." - Reading Is Bliss

"It seems really bold to call someone the voice of a generation, but that's how I see Kuehnert. I may not have shared the experiences of the characters in the book, but I recognize their journey and their voices. Stephanie Kuehnert is amazing and I will gladly read anything she writes from here on out." - Carrie's YA Bookshelf

"Kuehnert creates real characters with flaws and issues and makes you care deeply about them. Furthermore, she helps you relate to them." - The World Was Hers For the Reading

"Kuehnert does a fantastic storytelling job in this novel, from setting the story up, to the realistic characters, to the overarching theme, that people are more than just a snapshot of their lives."- The Book Muncher

"All that really needs to be said about Ballads of Suburbia is that it's spectacular, and that I can't recommend it enough." - Frenetic Reader

" If youíre looking for something warm and fuzzy, donít read this book. If youíre looking for a teen romance that takes a walk on the wild side, donít read this book. If youíre looking for something that ends up all good and well in the end, then donít read this book. If what youíre looking for is a real life read that will break your heart, fill your eyes with tears, and force you to face the hard questions head on, then this is absolutely, most definitely the book for you. If youíre looking for a book with complex and deep characters, then this is the book for you. If youíre looking for a read that will keep you thinking long after you finish the last word, then Ballads of Suburbia is a must-read for you.

Karaís tale is a raw, hard-hitting lesson on just how much guts it takes to fight your way from the dark side into the light. Stephanie Kuehnertís effortless prose and outstanding imagery will leave you standing front and center, right in the middle of all Karaís chaos." - YA Reads

Here are the full reviews of and articles about BALLADS OF SUBURBIA:

Booklist Review

Chicago Sun-Times review

Chicago Tribune feature

NewCity Review

Oak Leaves interview

Audio Interview from Young Adult Literature Review

Review from Teens Read Too (Five stars!)

Review from Julia Callahan of Book Soup

Review from Publishers Weekly YA Book Blurbs

A **VIDEO** Book Review from Bookie Laura

Review from Plenty of Paper Book Reviews

Review from Ravings of a VA

Review from the Reading Nook

Review from Reading is Bliss

Review from Just Your Typical Book Blog

Review from The Story Siren

Review from Library Lounge Lizard

Review from the Eclectic Book Lover

Review from The World Was Hers For the Reading

Review from Carrie's YA Bookshelf

Review from Steph Su Reads

Review from Frenetic Reader

Review from Book Muncher

Review from Books By Their Cover

Review from Pop Culture Junkie

Review from the Book Spot

Review from Just Blinded Book Reviews

Review from The Raw Edge

Review from The Book Butterfly

Review from Shooting Stars Magazine

Review from Harmony Book Reviews

Review from Flip The Page Book Reviews

Review from Opinionated? Me?

Review from Stop Drop and Read

Review from The Book Vault

Review from The Epic Rat

Review from Insert Book Title Here

Audio Review from Young Adult Literature Review

Review from Sarah's Random Musings

Review from the Chick That Reads

Review from Racket Magazine

Review from Read This Book

Review from YA Reads

Review from Rebel Grrrl

Review from the Feminist Review

Review from Mindful Musings

Review from Angel Young of Life's A Story

Review from Pure Imagination

Review from Jamie Blair

Review from The Bookie Bunch

Review from Dreaming of Books

Review from Persnickety Snark

Review from Alli's Cannonball Read

Review from Old Bookworm

Review from A Bookful of Thoughts

Review from Michelle's Bookshelf

Review from Express Buzz

Review from My Love Affair With Books

Review from Dreamcatcher's Lair

Vlog Review from The Metalhead Bookworm