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Samantha W.

Biography

Samantha W.

Teen Board Member

Samantha W.
11th Grade
Morton, IL

Favorite Genres: Fantasy/Adventure/Romance

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
2. THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot
3. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
4. CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
5. DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

Interests: Track, playing flute and volunteering

I am a reader. How do I know I'm a reader? By the fact I can name a book for every occasion of my life. For instance, I read CHARLOTTE'S WEB every single time I was home sick in elementary school...and the Junie B. Jones series every day walking home from school in first grade. So books have always been a part of my life and never fail to bring me an exciting adventure cleverly disguised behind black printed words in a paperback book (or now, more recently, digital letters.) Joining the Teenreads.com Teen Board is so exciting to me. I've always recommended books to friends (usually books I'd read because of Teenreads recommendations) but to have an opportunity to recommend them to people other than my friends is absolutely phenomenal!

Samantha W.

Reviews by Samantha W.

by Daisy Whitney - Young Adult 12+

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation --- the one day that she was hanging on to see. When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months.

by Laura Nowlin - Fiction, Relationships, Romance, Young Adult 13+

I wasn't with Finn on that August night. But I should've been. It was raining. And he and Sylvie were arguing as he drove down the slick road. No one ever says that they were arguing about. Other people think it's not important. They do not know there is another story. The story that lurks between the facts. What they do not know --- the cause of the argument ---is crucial. So let me tell you...

by Evan Roskos - Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 14+

Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James’s painful struggle with anxiety and depression make for a heart-rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally charged debut novel buoyant.