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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 Julie Buxbaum - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David.  Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty --- in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

by Roshani Chokshi - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes --- a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

by Tomi Adeyemi - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Prejudice , Racism, Young Adult 14+

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

by Leah Thomas - Family, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

When the Vasquez siblings' father left, it seemed nothing could remedy the absence in their lives ... until a shimmering figure named Luz appeared in the canyon behind their house. He shot hoops with 17-year-old Hank's hands. He showed 14-year-old Ana cinematic beauty behind her eyelids. He spoke kindly to eight-year-old Milo. But then Luz left, too, and he took something from each of them. As a new school year begins, Hank, Ana and Milo must carry on as if an alien presence never altered them. But how can they ever feel close to other people again when Luz changed everything about how they see the world and themselves?

by Rachael Allen - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s ... something at first sight. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

by Livia Blackburne - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it's only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she's destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art-until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill. Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he'll do anything to free them from Amparan rule-even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

by Jared Reck - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’ English class. If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Instead, Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse. 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.