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Ryan H.


Ryan H.

Teen Board Member

Winnetka, Illinois

Hello! My name is Ryan, I am 17-years-old and a senior in high school. 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 travel team, and I have a note card business where I sell to local and national gift shops. I am so grateful to have been a part of the Teenreads program for the past few years!

Top Five Favorite Books:
3. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
5. EVERYDAY by David Levithan

Ryan H.

Reviews by Ryan H.

by Mia Garcia - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

From hiking trips to four-person birthday parties to never-ending group texts, Jess, Lee, Ryan and Nora have always been inseparable. But now with senior year on the horizon, they’ve been growing apart. And so, as always, Jess makes a plan. Reinstating their usual tradition of making resolutions together on New Year’s Eve, Jess adds a new twist: instead of making their own resolutions, the four friends assign them to one another --- dares like kiss someone you know is wrong for you, find your calling outside your mom’s Puerto Rican restaurant, finally learn Spanish and say yes to everything. But as the year unfolds, Jess, Lee, Ryan and Nora each test the bonds that hold them together. And amid first loves, heartbreaks and life-changing decisions, beginning again is never as simple as it seems.

by Amy Giles - Fiction

The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together. But what does it mean to love after an unspeakable tragedy?

by Maggie Lehrman - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult 14+

It’s the end of senior year, and Rose Regnero is over it. She’s over chasing stories for a school newspaper no one reads and most of all, over Grant Leitch: editor-in-chief, former close friend, never-quite-boyfriend. Now all she wants is a typical prom, complete with handsome date, fancy corsage and dancing to cheesy pop songs. Meanwhile, Grant Leitch is in denial that she is at prom with another guy, and it’s no one’s fault but his own. In the end it takes a toga-wearing prom crasher, an emergency lockdown, a secret stalker and a wild after-party to bring Grant and Rose together for one last story...and one final chance to admit that they’re made for each other.

by Carrie Fountain - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

It’s senior year, and Miranda Black’s best friend, Syd, has run away --- suddenly and inexplicably, leaving behind nothing but a pink leopard print cell phone with a text message from the mysterious HIM. Everyone wants to know why Syd left, but the truth is, Miranda has no idea. When Miranda’s mother abandoned her as a child, Miranda had found shelter in her friendship with Syd, who wore her own motherlessness like a badge of honor. Now Miranda has been left behind again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left, where she is --- and if she’s even a friend worth saving, all while stumbling into first love with the most unlikely boy in school.

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...