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Becky N.


Becky N.

Teen Board Member

Fresno, California

Hey y’all! I’m Becky. I’m 16-years-old and a high school junior. I’m super excited to be back for my third year on the Teen Board. I’m a big fan of beaches, Bigfoot and (you’ll never guess this) books. Besides reading and homework, I spend my time catching up on sleep, hanging out with friends, scrolling through my Instagram feed and playing the flute with my band fam. I’m really excited to be on the Teen Board again this year, and I can’t wait to share my reviews with you.

Top Five Favorite Books

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
3. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

Becky N.

Reviews by Becky N.

by Jenn Marie Thorne - Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fiction, Love & Romance, Music, Young Adult 13+

Ruby has always been a future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition, it's clear that music has dumped her. Oscar is a musical genius. But while he might be the type who'd name himself when asked about his favorite composer, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok --- not for a crush. But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?

by Jeff Zentner - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Young Adult 13+

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show "Midnite Matinee." But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to chase her dream career in mainstream TV. Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad. If "Midnite Matinee" becomes a hit, maybe he'll see it and want to be a part of her life. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

by RuthAnne Snow - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Romance, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult 13+

Last month, Elin tried to kill herself. Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret --- and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom night feel just like it would have if this past spring hadn’t been as eventful. This could be the night that convinces Elin that life can go back to what it was. Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna... Jenna is falling apart. And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

by Laurie Boyle Crompton - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+


After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, Andie gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again. Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.

by Rebekah Crane - Adventure, Fiction, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. Here are the consequences: an empty swimming pool, a water-sucking cactus outside her window, a goldfish rescued from a church festival, and Esther’s thirst for something real. Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther meets a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Together, Esther and her friends hit the road to face Esther’s past head-on. It’s a journey that will lead her to embrace her own truth --- in all its glory, pain, and awesomeness.

by Jessica Brody - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

When Ali Collins her estranged father passes away and leaves her his 1968 Firebird convertible, Ali knows she won’t keep it. It reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises and a buyer is offering enough money for her to save her childhood home from foreclosure, but Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But her ex-boyfriend, Nico, does. The road trip gets off to a horrible start, but when Nico starts collecting items from the strangers they meet along the way, Ali starts to sense that these objects aren’t random. Somehow they seem to be leading her to an unknown truth about her father. A truth that will finally prove to Ali that some things --- even broken things --- are worth saving.

by Rae Earl - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Hello! Millie Porter here. I’m posting this from a garden shed, because three so-called adults are in the house arguing over whether you can train penguins. You see, I moved in with my dad, granddad, and aunty to escape my mum’s neat freak boyfriend. The point is, this reality thing is HARD, so my BFF Lauren and I are taking it online to tell you how to handle it. We are going to make a difference with this vlog. You get to see me juggling real life, online life, and a cat intent on my destruction as it happens --- IRL. This is my life. Uploaded.

by Gena Showalter - Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

Years ago, a tragic accident robbed me of my mother and emotions. Because I find beauty in darkness and thrive outside social norms, I’ve been labeled a “freak” at school. I know my continued apathy hurts my loved ones, but I’m not about to change. Then I wake up in an alternate reality…and Goth is in. I’m considered cool, and my archenemy is the freak. But my real friends won’t talk to me...and the new boy is getting under my skin. As my world spins out of control, I’m desperate to return to normal. But the more time that passes, the less I’m sure what “normal” really is.

by T.S. Easton - Coming of Age, Social Issues, Sports, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Fleur Waters never takes anything seriously --- until she shows up at her local boxing club one day to prove a point. She's the only girl there, and the warm-up alone is exhausting but when she lands her first uppercut on a punching bag she feels a rare glow of satisfaction. Fleur's overprotective mom can't abide the idea of her entering a boxing ring Her friends and boyfriend don't get it either, but it's Fleur's body, Fleur's life. So she digs in her heels in hope that she can overcome the obstacles and strike a blow for equality.

by Kate Evangelista - Dating, Fiction, Romance

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother's best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she's always dreamed of --- starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.