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Laura T.

Biography

Laura T.

Teen Board Member

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Hi! I’m Laura, I’m 17 and I live just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reading and writing are two of my greatest passions in life, but I promise there are moments when I’m not curled up with a book or fervently typing away on my laptop. I also love to bake (I have the world’s biggest sweet-tooth), draw, guzzle coffee and smother my two cats with (probably unwanted) attention. I am admittedly somewhat addicted to Netflix, and --- although my TV sees less use during the school year --- I have a weekly Wednesday night date with CBS’s “Survivor” at eight o’clock sharp. I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of the Teen Board for a second year --- I truly believe that what Teenreads has to offer is unparalleled, and it is so rewarding to be a part of this community of YA literature enthusiasts. I hope that my reviews will help other bibliophiles find novels they, too, can highlight and dog-ear twice over and stories in which they find themselves utterly engrossed.
 
Top Five Favorite Books:
1. LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel
2. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
3. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
5. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

Laura T.

Reviews by Laura T.

by Charlotte Huang - Fiction, Personal Growth, Young Adult 12+

Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect. But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in LA --- and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.

by Robin Bridges - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Natalie Roman isn’t much for the spotlight. But performing "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in an old theatre beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. And no one in the cast knows her backstory. Except for Lucas --- he was in the psych ward, too. He won’t even meet her eye. But Nat doesn’t need him. She’s making friends with girls, girls who can hide their liquor in Coke bottles and laugh at the theater’s ghosts. Natalie can keep up. She can adapt. And if she skips her meds once or twice so they don’t interfere with her partying, it won’t be a problem. She just needs to keep her wits about her.

by Sonya Mukherjee - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives --- no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence and they're slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister's and figure out what it means to be her own person.

by Pintip Dunn - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student. Now, at the start of her senior year, between dealing with her grieving father, and the nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline --- the same place her mother worked. As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s suspicions about her mom’s death resurface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives --- including CeCe’s own…

by Teresa Toten - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Kate O’Brien's whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of, but she's determined to change that.  As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already befriended the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he becomes especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal --- and can’t afford to ignore.

by Kara Thomas - Mystery, Social Issues, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Tessa left Fayette, Pennsylvania when she was nine and has been trying not to think about what happened there that last summer ever since. Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls. Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and they lost touch. But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. And now she has to go back to Fayette --- to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

by Tim Federle - Gay & Lesbian, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Quinn Roberts is a 16-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before --- before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident. Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out --- at least from hibernation. Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy --- a hot one --- and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending.

by Jenny Downham - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Katie's life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she's a freak; her mother, Caroline, controls every aspect of her life; and her estranged grandmother, Mary, appears as if out of nowhere. Mary has dementia and needs lots of care, and when Katie starts putting together Mary's life story, secrets and lies are uncovered. As the relationship between Mary and Caroline is explored, Katie begins to understand her own mother's behavior, and from that insight, the terrors about her sexuality, her future and her younger brother are all put into perspective.

by Marisa Reichardt - Dating, Family Life, Youth Fiction

Morgan didn't mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive --- first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself. But Morgan can't move on. She can't even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she's underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. When it seems Morgan can't hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside. 

by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski - Dystopian, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction
On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every 24 hours --- it comes every 28 years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long. Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.