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Anna Kate L.


Anna Kate L.

Teen Board Member

Vestavia, Alabama

Hi! I’m Anna Kate from Alabama and I am a junior in high school. I fell in love with reading after starting the Harry Potter series in the fourth grade and haven’t stopped loving it since! I spend most of my time around books; whether it is reading for pleasure, volunteering at the library or directing/participating in book groups, I tend to seek out activities that place me around literature. For me, reading has always been a way to understand people and situations that I otherwise would not be able to and has opened my mind to many different issues. Outside of reading and when I’m not doing homework, I spend my time traveling around the South to watch Alabama football (RTR), debating on my high school's team and finding the best ice cream in town. 

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
4. WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach

Anna Kate L.

Reviews by Anna Kate L.

by Brendan Kiely - Fiction

Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook Academy and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place. Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches. When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a similar instinct for survival. Ultimately, they are faced with a difficult question: Can they stand together against classmates --- and an institution --- who believe they can do no wrong?

by Elsie Chapman - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

The town of Glory is famous its seedy enterprises and the suicides along the Indigo River. Marsden is desperate to escape the town where her mother works as a prostitute --- and where her own fate has been decided. But escape means money, which leads Mars to skimming the bodies that show up along the Indigo River. It’s there that she runs into Jude, whose brother’s suicide may be linked to Mars’s own family history. As they grow closer, the two unearth secrets that could allow them to move forward...or chain them to the Indigo forever.

by Steven Parlato - Family, Fiction, Mental Health, Paranormal, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Teddi is just trying to figure out her life. When she joins a writing group, she’s only looking to keep herself busy, but as she writes, disturbing memories of her lost childhood friend Corey bubble to the surface, and Teddi begins to question everything. Teddi fears she’s losing her grip on reality --- as evidenced by that mysterious ghost-girl who emerges from the pool one night, and won’t leave Teddi alone. To top it all off, she finds herself juggling two guys with potential, a quirky new boy named Joy and her handsome barista crush Aidan, who has some issues of his own.

by Jennifer Castle - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 13+

High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is taking a gap year before college, struggle with tough questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holidays. Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets. Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?

by Laura Hopper - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Love & Romance, Young Adult 14+

Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends and family. But when 17-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.

by Kali Wallace - Family, Fiction, Magic, Mental Health, Young Adult 14+

For the first eight years of her life, an unusual apple orchard in Vermont is Sorrow Lovegood's whole world. The land has been passed down through generations of brave, resilient women, and while their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople --- especially their neighbors, the Abrams family --- Sorrow and her family take pride in its odd history. Then one winter night, an unthinkable tragedy changes everything. In the aftermath, Sorrow is sent to Miami to live with her father, away from the only home she’s ever known.

by Elizabeth Byrne - Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

The Windham girls lead secluded lives after their older sister died in a tragic accident and their parents’ protectiveness has made the family semi-infamous. As the new school year begins, the outside world comes creeping in through encounters with mean girls, a new friend and a runaway boy hiding out in the cemetery. Meanwhile, a ghost hangs around the Windham property --- the only grave keeper never to cross over --- plotting how to keep the sisters close to home and close to her...forever.