My name is Romy, and I am 13 years old. Me in a bookstore is like a kid in a candy shop—I adore reading. (I might even want to become an author later on…) I’m really into dancing, fashion and playing the saxophone, and I love cats. My favorite genres are romance, literary fiction, coming-of-age and fantasy, although I’m always up for something new. I started writing reviews for the ABC because I noticed that the reviews for YA novels aren’t even written by “young adults.” I thought it might be a good idea for me to give fellow readers my honest opinion about books from a true YA perspective!

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

Meet Maik. Bored at home during summer vacation, he’s got no one to hang out with. But sure enough there’s one party he’s itching to go to—after all, it is being thrown by the coolest girl in Berlin. The only problem: he doesn’t have an invitation. Neither does Tschick, a new classmate from Russia. So, they come up with plan B: a road trip across central Europe with a stolen car.

Their journey is as unforgettable as it is hilarious. Tschick’ s charming rudeness had me laughing out loud. This is the perfect book for a road trip or just to read during your lazy summer—certainly if you’re ready for something fresh and different. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A woman that has nothing but wants everything. And she will do anything to get it, even marry seven times. We dive into the glitzy but scandalous and reckless Hollywood of the 60s. Evelyn’s wild life as a movie star is laid out before us. But we also look back on it through her own aged eyes at 80 years old: the good, the bad—and the ugly.

I was shocked to discover the complexity buried in this fascinating novel. Evelyn Hugo and her story changed my view of Hollywood for good. I bet it will do the same for you.