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Rachel R.

Biography

Rachel R.

Teen Board Member

Basking Ridge, NJ

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I'm a junior in high school in New Jersey. I've enjoyed reading ever since I was young (it's hard not to when you grow up a block from the library), and that passion led me to Teenreads. I love books (of course), the beach, “Star Trek,” Star Wars, historical shows like “Victoria” and my newest favorite, “Downton Abbey” (I'm still not over the season 3 finale and, yes, Violet is definitely my favorite character). If I'm not reading, I'm usually playing the violin, spending time outside, doing homework, driving my family crazy with my incessant talking or trying to figure out how many books I can carry home from my local library at once.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
2. MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
3. THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy
4. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
5. THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee

Rachel R.

Reviews by Rachel R.

by Jared Reck - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class. After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him.

by Chelsea Bobulski - Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Winter didn't ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she's the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through the wood's portals. The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers. Winter must now put her trust in Henry --- a young man from eighteenth century England who knows more than he should about the wood --- in order to find the truth and those they've lost.

by Erin McCahan - Coming of Age, Comedy, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Romance, Young Adult 12+

It’s the summer after senior year, and Briggs Henry is out the door. He's leaving behind his ex-girlfriend and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan, working a summer job as a personal assistant and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the shore. But then he gets there and his eighty-four-year-old boss tells him to put on a suit for her funeral. So begins a summer of social gaffes, stomach cramps, fraught beach volleyball games, moonlit epiphanies, a drawer full of funeral programs and mysterious girls-next-door who won't fall for Briggs' charms.

by Brian Katcher - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Promposals are taking over Deacon Locke’s high school and there is no place left to hide. But even with graduation looming, shy and unusually tall Deacon doesn’t think he can get up the nerve to ask anyone to the dance. Especially given all the theatrics. It isn’t until Deacon confides in his witty and outgoing best friend Jean that he realizes should could be a great person to take. Only problem is Jean isn’t your typical prom date. She’s older. A lot older. And she’s Deacon’s grandmother. But when Deacon meets Soraya --- a girl unlike any other he’s ever met --- he fears he has totally squandered his chances of having a prom he’ll never forget. Deacon couldn’t be more wrong.

by Emily Bain Murphy - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “Disappearances” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible --- and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she tries to solve the mysteries around her.

by Sandhya Menon - Culture, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

by Carrie Firestone - Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie's summer changes for the better when she's introduced to other "hometown heroes." These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying "no good deed goes unpunished." Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships --- and anonymity --- intact?

by Sarah Tolcser - Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at 17, Caro may be too late. So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. With much more than her father's life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.
by Evelyn Skye - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult than she ever expected. Pasha is grappling with his own problems --- his legitimacy is in doubt and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom. For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. But when he’s given a second chance at life Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world. With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai and Pasha must fight --- or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

by Bethany Wiggins - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+
When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon. Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast --- everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying. As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon.