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Bryn D.


Bryn D.

Teen Board Member

Coldwater, Ohio

Greetings book folk! My name is Bryn, I am a senior in high school and I recently turned 18, which does not feel different at all. Between school, marching band, my part-time job, drama club and friends, I always make time for reading, writing and eating mac & cheese, which is my one true love. My favorite books tend to be the ones that make me cry uncontrollably or laugh uncontrollably or both at the same time, though I seem like a crazy person when that happens. Since I'm a senior, I am currently thinking and breathing college and scholarship applications, but I cannot wait for this year to be over and for the rest of my life to start. Currently, I want to be a film, journalism, music, English, or fashion merchandising major. Unless I can quintuple major, I have some big decisions ahead of me. One thing about this school year is for certain, though: I'm going to be reading a lot of books, writing a lot of reviews and enjoying my last year on the Teen Board. Happy reading!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
2. FEED by M.T. Anderson
3. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
4. Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

Bryn D.

Reviews by Bryn D.

by Lindsey Klingele - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

In small town Michigan, Penny Hardjoy, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy next door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other people turn up dead. The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of Penny's memory go missing. Pretty soon, her research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, where she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” to find answers.

by Kathy Parks - Dating, Fiction, Humor, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college; becoming a revered journalist like her idol, Sydney Declay; and making her late father proud of her. So when Adrienne is offered the chance to write an article that will get her into her dream school and debunk her foolish stepfather’s belief that a legendary family of hermits is living in the Siberian wilderness, there’s no question that she’s going to fly across the world. But the Russian terrain is even less forgiving than Adrienne. And when disaster strikes, none of their extensive preparations seem to matter. 

by Lindsay Champion - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Music, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult 13+

Dominique is a junior from a gritty neighborhood in Trenton. Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side, a violinist at a top conservatory with a brilliant future. When Dom's class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it --- and she is transfixed. Each sees something in the other that promises to complete them. But Ben's genius, which captivates Dominique, conceals a secret, and the challenges of Dom's life may make it difficult for her to help him.

by Leslye Walton - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original 8 settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. Fast-forward one hundred-some years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure she’ll be smack in the eye of it.

by Maureen Johnson - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult 13+

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at the famous private school Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve the mystery of the kidnappying of the founder's wife and daughter, a case that has become one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. The only clue at the time of the kidnappings was a riddle signed "Truly, Devious." Stevie has her work cut out for her as she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates. But when Truly Devious makes a surprise return, death revisits Ellingham Academy.

by Ruth Lehrer - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Mental Health, Young Adult 14+

Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. 

by M. T. Anderson - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth --- but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. 

by Brandy Colbert - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her bipolar stepbrother Lionel before he hurts himself or worse.

by J.C. Geiger - Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+
When Lance's '93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don't panic. After all, he's valedictorian of his class. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks. But the locals don't know that. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.
by Mindy McGinnis - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine.  Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart. The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march and the rising sea calls for its Given.