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Rebecca D.


Rebecca D.

Teen Board Member

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Hello! I'm Rebecca, and I love reading and writing! If I'm not doing either of those, you could find me knitting and spacing out to some TV. My favorite place to go to is New York City, and I hope I can live there some day! Another fun fact about me is that I'm a vegetarian. The coolest place I have ever been is the New York Times Building!

Top Five Favorite Books:
2. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh
4. OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST by Susan Nielson

Rebecca D.

Reviews by Rebecca D.

by Adrienne Kisner - Dating, Family, Fiction, Love & Romance, Sex, Young Adult 13+

Brynn's life has one constant: Rachel Maddow. After writing to Rachel for a school project and actually getting a response, Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her girlfriend, about her brother's death, about her parents, about how she's considering dropping out. Then Brynn is confronted with a dilemma: one student will be allowed to have a voice among the administration in the selection of a new superintendent. When she runs for the position, the knives are out. So she begins to ask herself: What Would Rachel Maddow Do?

Edited by Jessica Burkhart - Anthology, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Young Adult 13+

LIFE INSIDE MY MIND is an anthology of true-life events from writers of this generation, for this generation. These essays tackle everything from neurodiversity to addiction to OCD to PTSD and much more. The goals of this book range from providing home to those who are feeling alone, awareness to those who are witnessing a friend or family member struggle and to open the floodgates to conversation.

Edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy - Anthology, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Short Stories, Young Adult 13+

A post-apocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood. Girls and boys turning the tables on creepy old cat-callers. Female pirates rescuing abused women. A futuristic cooking show. These are just a few of the stories told in EAT THE SKY, DRINK THE OCEAN, a feminist speculative fiction collection, born of a collaboration between Australian and Indian writers. Finding themselves inspired to action after crimes against women dominated national conversations, the editors of this collection paired writers and illustrators from India and Australia together to write stories, graphic novels and even a play that reimagine what girls can be and see themselves as.

by Julia Alvarez - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Milly Kaufman is an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont --- and then she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo’s native country. As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and, along the way, discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal past.

by Terri Fields - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Poetry, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Brutally honest and authentic in tone, this young adult novel in verse centers on the suicide of high school freshman Anna Gonzales. Each piece, read alone, portrays a classmate's or teacher's personal reaction to the loss, taken hard by some, by others barely noticed. Read together, the poems create a richly textured and moving testimony to the rippling effects of one girl's devastating choice.

by Jeannine Atkins - Fiction, Poetry, Poetry Collection, Women's History, Young Adult 13+

As a child, Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled across the prairie in a covered wagon. Her daughter, Rose, thought those stories might make a good book, and the two created the beloved Little House series. Sara Breedlove, the daughter of former slaves, wanted everything to be different for her daughter, A'Lelia. Together they built a million-dollar beauty empire for women of color. Marie Curie became the first person in history to win two Nobel prizes in science. Inspired by her mother, Irène too became a scientist and Nobel prize winner. BORROWED NAMES is the story of these extraordinary mothers and daughters.

by Amanda Hocking - Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult 13+

As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk --- to the world and her heart.

by Marcella Pixley - Fiction, Mental Health, Performing Arts, Young Adult 14+

When Max Friedman’s mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his brain. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Finally, Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings --- until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how hard it is to let go of the past.

by Laura Tims - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Samantha Herring has been in constant pain ever since the car accident that injured her leg and killed her mother. After pushing her friends away, Sam has receded into a fog of depression until she meets Eliot, a carefree, impulsive loner who, is unable to feel any pain at all. At first, Sam is jealous. She would give anything to not feel the pain she’s felt for the past year. But the more she learns about Eliot’s medical condition, the more she notices his self-destructive tendencies. In fact, Eliot doesn’t seem to care about anything --- except Sam.

Written by Sarah Prager with illustrations by Zoe More O'Ferrall - Gay & Lesbian, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.