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Becky N.


Becky N.

Teen Board Member

Fresno, California

Heyo, I’m Rebecca. I’m 15-years-old and a sophomore in high school. I love books (shocking), Converse high tops and (like most Californians) Mexican food. Besides reading and homework, I spend my time playing the flute in the insanity that is marching band, looking at my horoscopes (I'm a Gemini sun) and spending time with my friends. 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
4. The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani
5. NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate

Becky N.

Reviews by Becky N.

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.

by Jocelyn Davies - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult 14+
Tiny, Lu, Will and Nathaniel used to be best friends. Then life-defining events the summer before high school tore them apart. Now, three years later, they hardly talk anymore. Nathaniel has become obsessed with winning the prestigious science scholarship that his genius older brother once won. Will has risen from anonymity to popular soccer star. Lu grew into a brash, impetuous actress. And shy, poetic Tiny has slowly been fading away. But fate weaves their lives together again the night before the SATs, during a wild thunderstorm that threatens to shut down New York City. And lightning strikes.
by Lisa Greenwald - Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Romance, Young Adult 14+

When Mia’s summer starts with an epic breakup, she’s sure the rest of the vacation will be miserable. But her best friend, Justine, would never let that happen. Their plan has two parts. One: use their summer job driving a snow cone truck to keep tabs on Mia’s ex in person. Two: create a fake persona to connect with Mia’s ex online. Soon both plans have morphed into something so much bigger. Add some kale to a snow cone and they’ve got the hottest smoothie in town...and more money than they could have imagined. 

by Tallia Storm - Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Storm Hall lives to sing. So when she's forced to miss a national competition to go on a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation to Hawaii, her life is over! When Storm meets a Hawaiian band who needs a last minute singer she starts to think vacation might not be so bad after all. And when she hears her voice and her song on the local radio the next day, she thinks all of her dreams are coming true! That is until the band introduces their singer on air. It's NOT her. There's a Storm coming!
by Garth Nix - Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 12+
Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother's new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land.