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Caitlyn K.

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Caitlyn K.

Teen Board Member

Naperville, Illinois

Hello! I'm Caitlyn from Naperville, IL. I am 16-years-old and I will be a sophomore this year. Obviously from my position on this site, I am obsessed with reading. On top of reading, I love to watch television. My favorite shows change all the time because of my awful habit at not finishing them, but currently I'm loving "The 100," "The Flash" and, more recently, "Doctor Who." I also play the trombone in my school band, as well as play soccer year-round. Even though I love reading, I am overall a math person, and it is by far my favorite class in school. When I'm not studying, practicing instruments or my sport, or reading, I love to obsess of musicals and all things Marvel.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J Maas
3. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
4. SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
5. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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Reviews by Caitlyn K.

by Alexandra Monir - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with 22 of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa --- Jupiter’s moon --- and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering experience they encounter.

by Arvin Ahmadi - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Scott Ferdowsi  can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming and his parents pushing towards a “practical” career, Scott sneaks off to Washington, D.C., seeking guidance from a psychologist who claims to know the secret to success. He never expects an adventure, but that’s what he gets when he meets Fiora, a college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo and even giving the crossword thing a try --- all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.

by Mechthild Gläser - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Supernatural, Young Adult 14+

Emma's father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel and she's convinced that a relationship with her crush is on the horizon. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true. But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her --- and they'll stop at nothing to succeed. A new boy in school becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

by Lyndsay Ely and James Patterson - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Western, Young Adult 13+

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great ... In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

by Erin Summerill - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult 14+

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life --- as well as her country --- may be lost. 

by Olivia Rivers - Family Life, Fiction, Music, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the Twenty-First Century --- until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and her bruises are getting harder to hide. When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music.

by Ann Aguirre - Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan of the staff to the ends of the earth. So their company seems set but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and verboten. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

by Lauren Karcz - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Magic, Young Adult 13+

Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile in the past year. Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate. At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she hasn’t ever before. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

by Melanie Crowder - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

It's 1999 in Bolivia, and Francisco's life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family's cramped yet boisterous home. But when his father is arrested on false charges and sent to prison by a corrupt system that targets the uneducated, the poor and the indigenous majority, Francisco and his sister are left with no choice: They must move into prison with their father. There, they find a world unlike anything they've ever known, where everything has its price. With their lives upended, Francisco faces an impossible decision: break up the family and take his sister to their grandparents in the Andean highlands, or remain together in the increasingly dangerous prison.

by Heather Hansen - Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

In a stratified society where contact with the sun is a luxury reserved for the elite, those kept prisoner in the darkness will do anything to find the light. Arden is one of the citizens of the lowest Level, known as Undercity. As sister to the leader of the most powerful gang in Undercity, she has access to Above. There she meets Dade, one of the few lucky enough to be born into the sun-kissed families who reside in the Towers soaring above the rest of the city. An unlikely romance develops between the two teens --- but their love faces opposition from above and below.