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Becky N.


Becky N.

Teen Board Member

Fresno, California

Hey y’all! I’m Becky. I’m 16-years-old and a high school junior. I’m super excited to be back for my third year on the Teen Board. I’m a big fan of beaches, Bigfoot and (you’ll never guess this) books. Besides reading and homework, I spend my time catching up on sleep, hanging out with friends, scrolling through my Instagram feed and playing the flute with my band fam. I’m really excited to be on the Teen Board again this year, and I can’t wait to share my reviews with you.

Top Five Favorite Books

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
3. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

Becky N.

Reviews by Becky N.

by Jessica Brody - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

When Ali Collins her estranged father passes away and leaves her his 1968 Firebird convertible, Ali knows she won’t keep it. It reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises and a buyer is offering enough money for her to save her childhood home from foreclosure, but Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But her ex-boyfriend, Nico, does. The road trip gets off to a horrible start, but when Nico starts collecting items from the strangers they meet along the way, Ali starts to sense that these objects aren’t random. Somehow they seem to be leading her to an unknown truth about her father. A truth that will finally prove to Ali that some things --- even broken things --- are worth saving.

by Rae Earl - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Hello! Millie Porter here. I’m posting this from a garden shed, because three so-called adults are in the house arguing over whether you can train penguins. You see, I moved in with my dad, granddad, and aunty to escape my mum’s neat freak boyfriend. The point is, this reality thing is HARD, so my BFF Lauren and I are taking it online to tell you how to handle it. We are going to make a difference with this vlog. You get to see me juggling real life, online life, and a cat intent on my destruction as it happens --- IRL. This is my life. Uploaded.

by Gena Showalter - Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

Years ago, a tragic accident robbed me of my mother and emotions. Because I find beauty in darkness and thrive outside social norms, I’ve been labeled a “freak” at school. I know my continued apathy hurts my loved ones, but I’m not about to change. Then I wake up in an alternate reality…and Goth is in. I’m considered cool, and my archenemy is the freak. But my real friends won’t talk to me...and the new boy is getting under my skin. As my world spins out of control, I’m desperate to return to normal. But the more time that passes, the less I’m sure what “normal” really is.

by T.S. Easton - Coming of Age, Social Issues, Sports, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Fleur Waters never takes anything seriously --- until she shows up at her local boxing club one day to prove a point. She's the only girl there, and the warm-up alone is exhausting but when she lands her first uppercut on a punching bag she feels a rare glow of satisfaction. Fleur's overprotective mom can't abide the idea of her entering a boxing ring Her friends and boyfriend don't get it either, but it's Fleur's body, Fleur's life. So she digs in her heels in hope that she can overcome the obstacles and strike a blow for equality.

by Kate Evangelista - Dating, Fiction, Romance

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother's best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she's always dreamed of --- starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

by Maurene Goo - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? 

by Matt Boren - Fiction, Humor, Romance, Young Adult 14+

It's 1991, and Tara Maureen Murphy is finally on top. A frightening cross between Regina George and Tracy Flick, Tara's got a hot jock boyfriend in Christopher, her best friend Stef by her side and she's a SENIOR, poised to star as Sandy in South High's production of "Grease." But things get trickier with the arrival of freshman Matthew, whose audition for the role of Danny Zuko turns Tara's world upside down. But Tara's outrage is tinged with an unfamiliar emotion, at least to her: adoration. And what starts as a conniving ploy to "mentor" young Matt quickly turns into a romantic obsession that threatens to topple Tara's hard-won status at South High....

by Mary H. K. Choi - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

When Penny Lee heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s 79 miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind. Meanwhile, Sam knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second his checking account and dying laptop are really testing him. When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

by Whitney Gardner - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

Cameron's cosplay creations are finally starting to earn attention, but after she wins a competition, she sets off a firestorm of angry comments from male fans online. When Cameron's family moves, she hopes to complete her portfolio in peace, but the only comic shop in town is staffed by a dudebro owner who challenges every woman who comes into the shop. Cameron borrows a set of her brother's clothes and waltzes into the shop as Boy Cameron. Soon, Cameron finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign alongside friendly clerk Wyatt and handsome Lincoln. But as her "secret identity" gets more entrenched, Cameron's portfolio falls by the wayside --- and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even more precarious.

by Katie Cotugno - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Music, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of best friends. Prickly, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ultra-popular Ryan is a hockey star who can get any girl he wants. But somehow their relationship just works. Now, on the night of high school graduation, everything is suddenly changing in their lives and in their relationship. As they try to figure out where to go from here, they make a top ten list: this time, counting down the top ten moments of their friendship.