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Rachel D.

Biography

Rachel D.

Teen Board Member

Coral Gables, Florida

Hey guys, I'm Rachel and I've been writing for Teenreads for three years now. I'm obsessed with lending my favorite books out to my friends, so Teenreads is really where I get to do that, but online. When I'm not reading, I'm probably making a robot or writing for my school's newspaper. Though I don't have a favorite genre per se, I really love fantasy or historical pieces. There's just something about being taken completely out of your everyday world that keeps pulling me in. Since I'm entering my last year of legal childhood (and hence, as a Teen Board member as well), I'm making this one my best! Happy reading!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles
2. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
3. KANE AND ABEL by Jeffrey Archer
4. ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
5. ROSIE GIRL by Julie Shepard

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Reviews by Rachel D.

Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Blade Morrison knows the life of a rock star isn’t really about the glitz and glamour. Nothing can’t make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun. Now, Blade is left to figure out life with the help of his mentor, Robert, his girlfriend Chapel, and his music. But when he discovers a deeply protected family secret, Blade decides the only way he will understand his past and begin his future is to find out the truth behind the music and himself.

by Abdi Nazemain - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+

Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real. But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.

by Gina Damico - Comedy, Fiction, Friendship, Futuristic, Humor, Performing Arts, Satire, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama --- and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality. 

by Julie Shepard - Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Mystery, Romance, Social Issues, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

After her father passes away, seventeen-year-old Rosie is forced to live with her abusive stepmom and her deadbeat boyfriend. Desperate for a reason to leave, Rosie finds a letter her dad wrote years ago, a letter confessing that Rosie's birth mother isn't dead, as she believed, but alive somewhere. Rosie resolves to find her birth mom, and she'll put everything on the line to make that happen. Things begin to unravel quickly and, as Rosie and her best friend Mary get closer to finally uncovering the truth about Rosie's mom, Rosie comes face to face with a secret she never saw coming.

by Leigh Bardugo - Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive, but instead of divvying up the reward, they’re fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A battle for revenge and redemption will be waged on the city’s streets that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

by Mary O'Connell - Coming of Age, Fiction, Magic

For 17-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney’s AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn't show up to teach Flannery's favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong.The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything --- except Miss Sweeney's copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney's real-time diary. It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City --- and she's in trouble. 

by Dan Wells - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+
Overworld. It’s more than just the world’s most popular e-sport --- for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible. Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. 
by Maria Turtschaninoff - Fantasy, Young Adult 14+

Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the hunger winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge, her favorite place. Into this idyllic existence comes Jai, a girl with a dark past.

by Andrea Simon - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Holocaust, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Esfir Manevich is a young Jewish girl who lives in the Polish town of Kobrin in 1936. Facing anti-Semitism in public school, Esfir moves in with her charming aunt who runs a boardinghouse in the bustling city of Brest. Esfir struggles to find a place in her new life, all the while worrying about her diminishing role in the family she left behind. As the years pass, Esfir experiences the bombing of her hometown during the German invasion of 1939. When the Russians overtake the area, Esfir sees many of her socialist relatives and friends become disillusioned by the harsh restrictions. During the German occupation, Esfir and her family are enclosed in a ghetto where they develop heartbreaking methods of survival.

by Simon Curtis - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever. His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin. Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now marked for termination. He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground --- a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable. Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive.