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Lillian B.

Biography

Lillian B.

Teen Board Member

Estero, Florida

Hey, I’m Lillian and this is my second year as a Teen Board member! I’m a sophomore from southwest Florida and I love the warm weather aka summer-all-year down here! My all-time favorite is Harry Potter, but I’m also a tested Divergent. My day almost always consists of running cross country and a good book. I also enjoy being involved with school. Student Government is a huge part of my life, right up there with my F.R.I.E.N.D.S. obsession. But if anyone needs me, I’ll be in OR2 or you can page Dr. Christina Yang :)

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
2. FOOL ME ONCE by Harlan Coben
3. 4 WEEKS, 5 PEOPLE by Jennifer Yu
4. THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass
5. SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

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Reviews by Lillian B.

by Jennifer Yu - Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Sports

Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her if she's okay. Andrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous. Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality. Gorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyone is an idiot. And Stella just doesn't want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy. As the five teens get to know one another and work to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives.

by Lamar Giles - Anthology, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Careful --- you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding 12 stories with endings that are still being written --- whose next chapters are up to you. Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared. Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes 10 short stories, a graphic novel and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. This collection addresses topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out and poverty and ranges in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance.

by Kati Rocky - Fiction, Mental Health, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Jane has always known she was different inside, and not in a good way. And when she undergoes her first bipolar episode, she begins a campaign to revolutionize her high school and rise up against its stifling social norms. She becomes the most talked about student, and her mission culminates with an outrageous school presidential election speech and subsequent hospitalization. Jane crawls her way back from the ledge and begins the healing process, but she won't return to school, where she's certain she'll be an outcast. But, a chance encounter with a former schoolmate leads her to reassess that decision --- and her whole life.

by Jennifer Gilmore - Coming of Age, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Literary, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Ivy doesn’t know much about her birth mother. She knows that she is now the same age Bridget was when she placed Ivy for adoption. She knows that Bridget was the one who named her. And she knows that 15 years ago Bridget disappeared from Ivy’s and her adoptive moms’ lives. Ivy wants to discover more about herself, but as she goes to find Bridget, she can’t help but feel that the risks might far outweigh the benefits of knowing where she comes from and why her birth mother chose to walk away.

by Kerry Winfrey - Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Jolie’s a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn’t one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain, headaches are a common occurrence, and she’s never been kissed. She’s months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, and she cannot wait to be fixed. Jolie becomes paralyzed with the fear that she could die under the knife. She and her best friends, Evelyn and Derek, decide to make a “Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It (Which Is Super Unlikely, but Still, It Could Happen)” list. 

by Nat Luurtsema - Fiction, Sports, Young Adult 12+

Louise Brown dreams of qualifying for the Olympics. Her swimming times are well above her fellow swimmers. And then she fails miserably and doesn't really know who she is now. Her days at school are spent being ignored by her sister and teased by popular girls. Then Lou finds herself agreeing to coach three popular boys --- one of whom she clicks with --- who are training to compete as synchronized swimmers. Together the boys and Lou form a unique friendship (once they get past that whole ignoring-her-in-the-halls thing) and are hopeful that they can nab a chance at stardom.

by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki - Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Thriller, Young Adult 14+
AMELIA has always felt like happiness is a serve she can’t return, a ball just out of reach. And now, in her senior year, right before tennis season, her mom wants to move --- again. SOPHIE has a perfectly curated, Instagram-ready life. From her first singles win to her hot long-term boyfriend to the beautiful landscaped home where she lives with her parents, Sophie is everything Amelia wishes she could hate. But one night changes everything. When a man tries to abduct Amelia after her car breaks down during a storm, Amelia attempts to escape --- into incoming traffic. And in one inexplicable moment, they switch bodies.
by Marisha Pessl - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids. Then the shocking death of Jim --- their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend --- changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft --- the seaside estate where they spent so many nights --- hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death. Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers…and at life.

by Lily Anderson - Fiction, Friendship, Horror, Humor, Young Adult 14+

Meet teenage Wiccan Mila, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because no matter what, she has her BFF Riley. So when Riley and two other girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila brings the girls back to life. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.

by Catherine Alene - Fiction, Health, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

For an athlete, every second counts. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in her saddle, make her horse lighter on his feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha's boyfriend and making plans with her best friend. So she focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she's going to lose more than just the people she loves, she's going to lose herself to lighter, leaner, faster...