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Ashley D.


Ashley D.

Teen Board Member

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Hi! My name is Ashley and I live in Kansas. I am 16 years old and I am a junior in high school. My love of reading is pretty funny due to the fact that my favorite subject in school is math and I want to have a career as a mechanical engineer. I have always loved books and I cherish every one I own. When I am not reading, I am either playing with my two adorable dogs (Rudy and Rylee), playing piano or baking. I have been told that I make the most delicious cupcakes. I also enjoy playing softball, hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. I love the outdoors but I also enjoy just laying on the couch all day.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
2. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
3. The I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore
5. EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone

Ashley D.

Reviews by Ashley D.

by Sarah White - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Mackenzie Clark has been best friends with Nolan Walker for as long as she can remember. She’s shared everything with him and her journey with type 1 diabetes. The only thing she hasn’t shared is the fact that she is in love with him. Now in their senior year, Mackenzie and Nolan know that in a few short months everything will change as they head off to different colleges. They come up with a list of things they want to do together before graduation. Mackenzie can’t help feeling that she’s left the most important thing off the list: telling Nolan how she feels.

by Nancy Werlin - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

When a building collapses around five teenagers --- and they just barely escape --- they know something strange is going on. Little by little, the group pieces together a theory: Their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true? And if so, how did their parents come together --- and why? And, most importantly, how can the five of them work together to save themselves? With an unlikely group of heroes, sky-high stakes, and two budding romances, this gripping murder mystery will keep readers guessing until the last page.

by Vesper Stamper - Historical Fiction, Jewish Interest, Romance, Young Adult 13+

After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone. Without her Papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and onto living her life. In the displaced persons camp where she is staying, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who she just might be falling for, despite her feelings for someone else. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future.

by C. Desir and Jolene Perry - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Shy high schooler Kyle Jamieson and Hailey Bosler, a musician with degenerative blindness, team up to tackle a bucket list of greatest fears in this compelling novel that explores what it means to take risks. It starts with a list of fears. Things that Hailey wouldn’t worry about if she didn’t wake up every morning with the world a little more blurry. Unable to read the music for her guitar. For a while, the only thing that keeps Hailey moving forward is the feeling she gets when she crosses something off the list. Then she meets Kyle. Together, they stumble into an odd friendship, helping each other tackle one after another of their biggest fears. But fate and timing can change everything. 

by Julie Mayhew - Coming of Age, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Nazi England, 2014. Jessika Keller is a good girl --- a champion ice skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Mädel and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich. Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without?

by Kyle T. Cowan - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

After a life-changing event, Hunter decides that he can't go on...which lands him in Camp Sunshine, a rehab center for depressed teens. Hunter is determined to keep everyone there out of his head, especially his therapist. But when he meets Corin, a beautiful, mysterious and confident fellow camper, all Hunter wants to do is open up to her. When Corin devises a plan for them to break out of the camp, Hunter is faced with the ultimate choice: will he run from the traumatic incident he has tried so hard to escape? Will he learn that his mistakes have landed him right where he's meant to be?

by Jen Klein - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Rainie doesn’t have a “passion” like her friends do. She’s more of a dabbler --- quick to give up and move on. But as graduation approaches, she wishes she had more direction. So when gorgeous Tuck gives a monologue that literally puts into words exactly how she’s been feeling lately, it’s a sign! Tuck is her passion. How could she not have seen it before? Rainie convinces her ex-BFF to let her work at the same summer job as Tuck. She’s got a foolproof plan to date him. But when she arrives, Rainie discovers things aren't that simple.

by Danielle Younge-Ullman - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+
Then. Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music. Now. Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her. Then. When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. 
by Chandler Baker - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Cassidy Hyde is NOT having a good year. Her boyfriend cheated on her, killed her best friend's date during homecoming, and was then murdered in turn by a serial killer, and that's without counting the thing that no one knows about. (But Cassidy doesn't like to think about that.) The point is, anyone would be a little depressed and no one can blame her for looking for a little bit of help. That's where Sunshine comes in. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like everything is good and she's the golden girl once again. A little memory loss feels like a small price to pay to get her life back

by John Coy - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision. But it's not. All Cray knows is that what's expected of him doesn't feel right. The pressure to make a decision --- from his family, his friends --- is huge. Until he meets Rayne, a girl who is taking a gap year, and who helps him find his first real job, at a home of four adults with developmental disabilities. What he learns about himself and others will turn out to be more than any university could teach him --- and twice as difficult.