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Ryan H.


Ryan H.

Teen Board Member

Winnetka, Illinois

Hello! My name is Ryan, I am 16-years-old and I am a junior in high school. I reside in a suburb outside of Chicago and love going into the city to explore all it has to offer. My biggest passion is reading and writing and has been for as long as I can recall. Even back in preschool, it was my dream to be an author! Additionally, I play soccer for my high school and a travel team, and I have a note card business where I sell to local and national gift shops. This is my second year on the Board, and I am ecstatic to share my passion with everyone once again. I am so grateful to be a part of the Teenreads program this upcoming year!

Top Five Favorite Books:
5. EVERYDAY by David Levithan

Ryan H.

Reviews by Ryan H.

by Nicole Williams - Family Life, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. When Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Quentin is determined to give Jade days and nights worth remembering. But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret --- and she's determined to find out what it is.

by Tracy Barrett - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her beautiful, daring mother died in a skydiving accident, Clancy's father has watched her like a hawk. Then Clancy meets Denny, a college freshman and new skydiving student at the drop zone where she works. Clancy lets him think she's the same age. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so --- maybe forever.

by Cordelia Jensen - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic Linc is her parents' daughter biologically, it's Holly, adopted from Ghana, who exemplifies the family's high-achieving model of success. Linc is desperate to pursue photography, despite her mother's disapproval and her growing distance from Holly. So when she comes up with a plan to use her photography to do a project based on Seneca Village, a long-gone village in the space that now holds Central Park, where all inhabitants lived together harmoniously, Linc is determined to make her mother proud. But when a long-buried family secret comes to light, Linc must decide whether her mother's love is worth obtaining.

by Dana Mele - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.

by Dashka Slater - Crime, Gay & Lesbian, Nonfiction, Social Issues, True Crime, Young Adult 12+

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

by Jessica Brody - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Three years ago, Kennedy Rhodes secretly made the most important decision of her life. She declined her acceptance to the prestigious Windsor Academy to attend the local public school with her longtime crush, who had finally asked her out. It seems it was the right choice... until she walks in on Austin kissing her best friend, and she wonders if maybe her life would have been better if she'd made the other choice. As fate would have it, she's about to find out...

by Claire LaZebnik - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+
Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Chloe already has someone in mind: Ethan Fields, a sweet, movie-obsessed boy from Ivy’s special needs class. Chloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother, David, but she can’t --- Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out on their own so Chloe and David have to tag along.  Soon Chloe, Ivy, David and Ethan form a quirky and wholly lovable circle. Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices --- and the realization that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.
by Patricia Wooster - Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

It’s no secret that your teen years can be tumultuous, confusing, and even sucky, but that doesn’t mean you can’t light a fire in your life. Covering topics from relationships, self-image, and school to goals, failures, and willpower,IGNITE YOUR SPARK features thought-provoking quizzes, “Ignite Your Life” activities, and profiles of kids and adults alike who have ignited their own spark to accomplish extraordinary things.

Edited by Kelly Jensen. - Nonfiction, Young Adult 14+

HERE WE ARE is a response to lively discussions about the true meaning of feminism on social media and across popular culture and is an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.

by Miriam Moss - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Bahrain, 1970. After a summer spent with her family, 15-year-old Anna is flying back to boarding school in England when her plane is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and taken to the Jordanian desert. Demands are issued. If they are not met, the terrorists will blow up the plane, killing all hostages. The heat becomes unbearable; food and water supplies dwindle. All alone, Anna begins to face the possibility that she may never see her family again. Inspired by true events in the author’s life, this is a story about ordinary people facing agonizing horror with courage and resilience.