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Rachel D.

Biography

Rachel D.

Teen Board Member

Coral Gables, Florida

Hey guys, I'm Rachel and I've been writing for Teenreads for three years now. I'm obsessed with lending my favorite books out to my friends, so Teenreads is really where I get to do that, but online. When I'm not reading, I'm probably making a robot or writing for my school's newspaper. Though I don't have a favorite genre per se, I really love fantasy or historical pieces. There's just something about being taken completely out of your everyday world that keeps pulling me in. Since I'm entering my last year of legal childhood (and hence, as a Teen Board member as well), I'm making this one my best! Happy reading!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles
2. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
3. KANE AND ABEL by Jeffrey Archer
4. ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
5. ROSIE GIRL by Julie Shepard

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Reviews by Rachel D.

by Will McIntosh - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

In a Putin-esque near-future America, Sam and his friends have been using their free time to work on a tiny, undetectable, utterly reliable lie detector. For Theo, their visionary, it's about creating a world where no one can lie, and the honest will thrive. Just when they finish the prototype, Theo is found dead. Greedy companies, corrupt privatized police and even the president herself will stop at nothing to steal the Truth App. Sam sets his sights on exposing all lies and holding everyone accountable. But he and his friends quickly realize the costs of a BS-free world: the lives of loved ones, and political and economic stability. 

by Laura Moriarty - Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim-Americans are a reality. Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams lives in this world, and though she has strong opinions on almost everything, she isn’t concerned with the internments because she doesn’t know any Muslims. She assumes that everything she reads and sees in the news is true, and that these plans are better for everyone’s safety. So when she happens upon Sadaf, a Muslim fugitive determined to reach freedom in Canada, Sarah-Mary at first believes she must turn her in. But Sadaf challenges Sarah-Mary’s perceptions of right and wrong, and instead Sarah-Mary decides to do all she can to help Sadaf escape.

by Maria Turtschaninoff - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Imprisoned in a harem by a dangerous man with a dark magic that grants him power over life and death, the First Sisters must overcome their mistrust of one another in order to escape. But they can only do so at a great cost, both for those who leave and for those left behind. Told in alternating points of view, this novel is a vivid, riveting look at a world of oppression and exploitation, the mirror opposite of the idyllic Red Abbey.

by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland - Biography, Politics, Young Adult 12+

EVERY FALLING STAR, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age 12 to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly re-creates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his “brothers”; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment and even execution.

Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Blade Morrison knows the life of a rock star isn’t really about the glitz and glamour. Nothing can’t make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun. Now, Blade is left to figure out life with the help of his mentor, Robert, his girlfriend Chapel, and his music. But when he discovers a deeply protected family secret, Blade decides the only way he will understand his past and begin his future is to find out the truth behind the music and himself.

by Abdi Nazemain - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+

Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real. But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.

by Gina Damico - Comedy, Fiction, Friendship, Futuristic, Humor, Performing Arts, Satire, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama --- and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality. 

by Julie Shepard - Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Mystery, Romance, Social Issues, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

After her father passes away, seventeen-year-old Rosie is forced to live with her abusive stepmom and her deadbeat boyfriend. Desperate for a reason to leave, Rosie finds a letter her dad wrote years ago, a letter confessing that Rosie's birth mother isn't dead, as she believed, but alive somewhere. Rosie resolves to find her birth mom, and she'll put everything on the line to make that happen. Things begin to unravel quickly and, as Rosie and her best friend Mary get closer to finally uncovering the truth about Rosie's mom, Rosie comes face to face with a secret she never saw coming.

by Leigh Bardugo - Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive, but instead of divvying up the reward, they’re fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A battle for revenge and redemption will be waged on the city’s streets that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

by Mary O'Connell - Coming of Age, Fiction, Magic

For 17-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney’s AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn't show up to teach Flannery's favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong.The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything --- except Miss Sweeney's copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney's real-time diary. It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City --- and she's in trouble.