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Taylor F.

Biography

Taylor F.

Teen Board Member

Cary, North Carolina

Hello! My name is Taylor, I am 17-years-old and have a huge passion for all things book-related. I’m going into my senior year and am so grateful to be back on the Teen Board for a second (and sadly, final) year. When I’m not reading, obsessing over fictional guys or uploading videos on my YouTube channel, taylortalksbooks, I am most likely jamming out to my favorite tunes and watching some classic films (my favorites include Roman Holiday, Casablanca, and The Philadelphia Story). I am so thrilled to fangirl over some amazing books and share all of my feels with everyone in the Teenreads community!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
2. ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett
3. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
4. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
5.The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Taylor F.

Reviews by Taylor F.

by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+
Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin. But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. 
by Adele Griffin - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Jean is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean --- not her sister --- Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, meets Gil. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and she quickly falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.
by Ashley Herring Blake - Family, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Parenting, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances. One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace’s world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again.

by Sarah Mlynowski - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and a half weeks travelling through Europe with her childhood best friend Leela. But their plans did not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug of war.

by Katie Cotugno - Dating, Fiction, Friendship, Music, Young Adult 14+

It was always meant to be Olivia. She’s the talented one, the one who’s been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, is the levelheaded one, always on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on. But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame.

by Carrie Mesrobian - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Sex, Social Issues
By her senior year of high school, Rianne has exhausted all the fun there is to have in a small-town. Volleyball season is winding down, the parties feel tired, and now that she’s in a serious relationship with reformed player Luke Pinsky, her wild streak has ended. Not that she ever did anything worse than most guys in her school...but she knows what everyone thinks of her. Including her parents. Divorced but now inexplicably living together again. With an uncomfortable home life and her once-solid group of friends now dissolving, the reasons for sticking around after high school are few. 
by Jilly Gagnon - Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+
In this modern day love story: Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them both to question whether fame --- and love --- are worth the price...and changes both of their lives forever.
by Susan Dennard - Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult 14+

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak ― which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed. When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her --- yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi.

by Sarah Maria Griffin - Fiction, Horror, Suspense

In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts --- an arm, a leg, an eye --- Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs that everyone now uses. But she’s the only one with her machinery on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. And as her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good...but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary ideas when she has none of her own?

by Dean Gloster - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Upbeat --- that's Kat, the girl in the family who everyone turns to when things get difficult. Especially now, when her beloved younger brother Beep is in his second leukemia relapse, and a bone marrow transplant from Kat may be his only chance. But Kat's worried that she and her bone marrow may not be up to the job: She can't even complete homework, and she's facing other rejection --- lost friendships, a lost spot on the soccer team, and lots of heartache from her crush on her former best friend, Evan. Kat doesn't know if her bone marrow will save Beep, or whether she can save herself, let alone keep her promise to Beep that she'll enjoy life and always eat dessert first.