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Reanna H.

Biography

Reanna H.

Teen Board Member

Eugene, Oregon

Hi! My name is Reanna and I am a junior in high school. I usually try to wear matching socks, but sometimes that doesn't work out. For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with books. The library is possibly my favorite place in the world, but a close second is the bookstore. In the past year I've started reviewing books, and I started Reanna's Book Realm (on blogger). When I am not reading, I love learning about the world around me. I am very passionate about social justice, specifically in disability rights and women's rights. I also really like exploring my town and finding secret gems. But honestly, I don't have a lot of time to do that, because let's face it: I'm always reading.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Winger series by Andrew Smith
2. The Tweak duology by Nic Sheff
3. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
4. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz
5. The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

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Reviews by Reanna H.

by Ron Bahar - Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 13+

Ron Bahar is an insecure, self-deprecating, 17-year-old Nebraskan striving to please his Israeli immigrant parents, Ophira and Ezekiel, while remaining true to his own dreams. During his senior year of high school, he begins to date longtime crush and non-Jewish girl Amy Andrews --- a forbidden relationship he hides from his parents. But that’s not the only complicated part of Ron’s life: he’s also struggling to choose between his two passions, medicine and music. As time goes on, he becomes entangled in a compelling world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Will he do the right thing?

by Melissa Albert - Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the author of a cult-classic book of dark fairy tales, dies on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away --- by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began --- and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

by Martin Wilson - Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+

Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend, Josh, thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive. Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it --- even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor. And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past, Josh can’t admit the truths he’s hidden deep within himself.

by Ameriie - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Young Adult 14+

Leave it to the heroes to save the world --- villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, 13 acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with 13 influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage --- and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

by Angie Thomas - Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does --- or does not --- say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

by Adam Silvera - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Romance, Young Adult 14+

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

by Heather Smith Meloche - Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets --- each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he's powerless in the face of her fragile mental health.