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Gabby B.

Biography

Gabby B.

Teen Board Member

Homer Glen, Illinois

Hello, my name is Gabby and I'm a junior in high school. I've arguably spent a large part of my existence being anti-social and reading, which may be a good or bad thing. You, lovely reader, can often find me discussing my favorite novels over on my BookTube channel, GABBYABOOKS. If I'm not obsessing over the latest in YA literature, I'm jamming out to cast recordings of my favorite broadway shows ("Hamilton" and "Dear Evan Hansen" are my current loves), catching up on all the trends that I've missed out on (at the moment, it's TV shows...why have I not watched "FRIENDS," "Riverdale," or "Smash" until now?), or acting in my high school drama club! I'm ecstatic to be a part of the Teenreads Teen Board! I can't wait to share all of my bookish thoughts with everyone!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Shadowhunter Chronicles series by Cassandra Clare
2. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
3. All the Adam Silvera books (How does one choose a favorite?!)
4. The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
5. The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

Gabby B.

Reviews by Gabby B.

by Emily France - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Spirituality, Young Adult 14+

In Boulder, Colorado, Essence McKree feels older than any 17-year-old she knows because she has to care for her nine-year-old sister, Puck. When Essa meets Oliver, she is cautious at first, but Puck pushes Essa toward him. Together they explore Buddhism at the local zendo. Oliver agrees to accompany Essa on a three-day survival game in the mountains. Then she discovers that Puck has stowed away and followed them, and after a night in the mountrains, Essa wakes to find Puck missing. Now Essa must rely on her newfound spiritual strength to save her sister’s life, and ultimately her own.

by Robyn Schneider - Family, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Rose believes in ghosts. Her best friend is Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at 15. Jamie Aldridge is charming, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate. Yet when the two unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn’t telling her the whole truth. It’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose.

by Jason Reynolds - Poetry, Poetry Collection, Young Adult 13+

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

by Leslie Odom, Jr. - Biography, Inspirational, Motivational, Movies, Music, Nonfiction, Young Adult 13+

Leslie Odom. Jr, burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon "Hamilton." Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House and won a Tony Award. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor. With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. These stories will inspire you, motivate you and empower you for the greatness that lies ahead, whether you’re graduating from college, starting a new job or just looking to live each day to the fullest.

by Ashley Woodfolk - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Autumn always knew exactly who she was: a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan has always turned to writing love songs when his real love life was a little less than perfect. But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Despite the odds, one band's music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

by L. M. Elliott - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. When a flirtatious aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, writes to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. A fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught in the same war as her father, and the danger to all their lives is real. Everything is a battlefield --- from the frontlines to their carefully coded letters --- but will Peggy’s bravery and intelligence be enough to keep them all safe?

by Claire Kann - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Alice had her whole summer planned. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the romance feels she did not ask for. When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge, Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated --- or understood.

by Stephanie Kate Strohm - Fiction, Humor, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Life is real enough for Dylan --- especially as the sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network's show, "Prince in Disguise," Dylan has to face reality TV. As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty's maid of honor. At least there's Jamie, an bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan's stress...if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

by Una LaMarche - Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

At a prestigious New York City performing arts school, five friends connect over one dream of stardom. But for Joy, Diego, Liv, Ethan and Dave, that dream falters under the pressure of second-semester, senior year. Ambitions shift and change, new emotions rush to the surface, and a sense of urgency pulses between them: Their time together is running out. Diego hopes to get out of the friend zone. Liv wants to escape. Ethan conspires to turn his muse into his girlfriend. Dave pines for the drama queen. And if Joy doesn’t open her eyes, she could lose the love that’s been in front of her all along.

by Adam Silvera - Fantasy, Fiction, Love & Marriage, Young Adult 14+

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure --- to live a lifetime in a single day.