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Ryan H.


Ryan H.

Teen Board Member

Winnetka, Illinois

Hello! My name is Ryan, I am 17-years-old and a senior in high school. My biggest passion is reading and writing and has been for as long as I can recall. Even back in preschool, it was my dream to be an author! Additionally, I play soccer for my high school and travel team, and I have a note card business where I sell to local and national gift shops. I am so grateful to have been a part of the Teenreads program for the past few years!

Top Five Favorite Books:
3. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
5. EVERYDAY by David Levithan

Ryan H.

Reviews by Ryan H.

by Jennifer E. Smith - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Love & Romance, Young Adult 13+

When Hugo's girlfriend dumps him, her parting gift is the pair of tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip --- booked under her name. Meanwhile, Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's exactly the adventure she needs. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

by Adi Alsaid - Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family, where he attends an elite international school. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby. When his older brother, Felix --- who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel --- is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother's voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father's plan for him.

by Angie Thomas - African American Interest, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. Then her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons and Bri finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it --- she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

by Abigail Johnson - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Love & Romance, Young Adult 13+

A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with --- her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.

by Mia Garcia - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

From hiking trips to four-person birthday parties to never-ending group texts, Jess, Lee, Ryan and Nora have always been inseparable. But now with senior year on the horizon, they’ve been growing apart. And so, as always, Jess makes a plan. Reinstating their usual tradition of making resolutions together on New Year’s Eve, Jess adds a new twist: instead of making their own resolutions, the four friends assign them to one another --- dares like kiss someone you know is wrong for you, find your calling outside your mom’s Puerto Rican restaurant, finally learn Spanish and say yes to everything. But as the year unfolds, Jess, Lee, Ryan and Nora each test the bonds that hold them together. And amid first loves, heartbreaks and life-changing decisions, beginning again is never as simple as it seems.

by Amy Giles - Fiction

The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together. But what does it mean to love after an unspeakable tragedy?

by Maggie Lehrman - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult 14+

It’s the end of senior year, and Rose Regnero is over it. She’s over chasing stories for a school newspaper no one reads and most of all, over Grant Leitch: editor-in-chief, former close friend, never-quite-boyfriend. Now all she wants is a typical prom, complete with handsome date, fancy corsage and dancing to cheesy pop songs. Meanwhile, Grant Leitch is in denial that she is at prom with another guy, and it’s no one’s fault but his own. In the end it takes a toga-wearing prom crasher, an emergency lockdown, a secret stalker and a wild after-party to bring Grant and Rose together for one last story...and one final chance to admit that they’re made for each other.

by Carrie Fountain - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

It’s senior year, and Miranda Black’s best friend, Syd, has run away --- suddenly and inexplicably, leaving behind nothing but a pink leopard print cell phone with a text message from the mysterious HIM. Everyone wants to know why Syd left, but the truth is, Miranda has no idea. When Miranda’s mother abandoned her as a child, Miranda had found shelter in her friendship with Syd, who wore her own motherlessness like a badge of honor. Now Miranda has been left behind again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left, where she is --- and if she’s even a friend worth saving, all while stumbling into first love with the most unlikely boy in school.

by Nicole Williams - Family Life, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. When Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Quentin is determined to give Jade days and nights worth remembering. But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret --- and she's determined to find out what it is.

by Tracy Barrett - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her beautiful, daring mother died in a skydiving accident, Clancy's father has watched her like a hawk. Then Clancy meets Denny, a college freshman and new skydiving student at the drop zone where she works. Clancy lets him think she's the same age. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so --- maybe forever.