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Olivia W.


Olivia W.

Teen Board Member

Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Hello there! I'm Olivia, I am 17-years-old and I obviously love to read. I've had an extreme love for reading for as long as I can remember. Just being in the presence of a book automatically brightens my mood! When I'm not reading I can usually be found re-watching some of my all-time favorite movies,(Dazed and Confused, Stuck in Love, Pump Up the Volume, Me and Earl and The Dying Girl...the list is seemingly endless --- like my TBR!), listening to music or begging someone to drive me 25 minutes into town just so I can have a milkshake. I'm so excited to be able to help contribute to Teenreads and hopefully write reviews that you will find both informative and fun!

Top Five Favorite Books:
2. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
3. THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath
4. LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott

Olivia W.

Reviews by Olivia W.

by Hannah Witton - Relationships, Sex, Sexuality, Young Adult 17+

Nobody really has sex all figured out. So Hannah Witton wrote a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions and revelations. Hannah talks about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you're ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want (if you want).

by Caroline Kaufman and Yelena Bryksenova - Poetry, Poetry Collection

In LIGHT FILTERS IN, Caroline Kaufman --- known as @poeticpoison --- does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling “how to be happy” and ultimately figuring out who you are.

by B. T. Gottfred - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult 17+

Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously. But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they've been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other.

by Siobhan Vivian - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Meade Creamery is the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade, who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best for friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend, Cate, have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew, Grady, arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady has some changes in mind.

by Jesse Andrews - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 13+

In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute --- and tiny. Their size is dangerous: day and night they face dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about. There are no cars or phones small enough for them, or schools or hospitals. No one that little has any purchasing power, and doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?

by Richard Lawson - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Tragedy, Young Adult 13+

In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital. Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime. Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. And then there's Skyler, whose sister Kate --- the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler's everything --- was crossing the bridge when it collapsed.

by Gae Polisner - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. Until his death. Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself --- his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA and the energy of New York City. That is until he meets Sarah in art class. Suddenly it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy. But when an act of betrayal sends him reeling, Klee lands in a psychiatric hospital for teens in Northhollow. While there, he undergoes intensive therapy and goes back over the pieces of his life to find out what was real, what wasn’t and whether he can stand on his own feet again.

by Lita Judge - Biography, History, Nonfiction, Young Adult 14+

Legend is correct that Mary Shelley began penning FRANKENSTIEN in answer to a dare to write a ghost story. What most people don't know, however, is that by age 19, she had been disowned by her family, was living in scandal with a married man, and had lost her baby. Mary poured her grief, pain and passion into the powerful book still revered two hundred years later, and in MARY'S MONSTER, author/illustrator Lita Judge has poured her own passion into a gorgeous book that pays tribute to the life of this incredible author.

by Cat Winters - Family, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 14+
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life --- permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio. In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something.