Teen Realistic Fiction

    • Let's Get Lost
      Adi Alsaid

      A love-seeking mechanic, a dramatic petty thief, a disappointed planner, and a broken-hearted teen all find their lives transformed as each shares whirlwind adventures with a girl in an insanely red car.

    • Wintergirls
      Laurie Halse Anderson

      Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

    • The Moon and More
      Sarah Dessen

      During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie.

    • Just One Day
      Gayle Forman

      Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life injust one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.

    • Skink No Surrender
      Carl Hiaasen

      With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

    • And We Stay
      Jenny Hubbard

      Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

    • The Sound of Letting Go
      Stasia Ward Kehoe

      At seventeen, Daisy feels imprisoned by her brother Steven's autism and its effects and her only escape is through her trumpet into the world of jazz, but when her parents decide to send Steven to an institution she is not ready to let him go.

    • See You at Harry's
      Jo Knowles

      Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy eighteen-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, fourteen-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.

    • The Juvie Three
      Gordon Korman

      Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention.

    • Kiss of Broken Glass
      Madeleine Kuderick

      A tale told through evocative verse chronicles a mandatory seventy-two-hour psychiatric evaluation of a teen who has been caught cutting herself in an effort to feel alive.

    • Six Feet Over It
      Jennifer Longo

      When fourteen-year-old Leigh's father buys a graveyard and insists she work there after school, she learns much about life, death, and the power of friendship.

    • Under the Mesquite
      Guadalupe Garcia McCall

      Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

    • Althea & Oliver
      Cristina Moracho

      Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

    • The Geography of You and Me
      Jennifer E. Smith

      Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.

    • Sway
      Katarina M. Spears

      In Kat Spears's hilarious and often poignant debut, high school senior Jesse Alderman, or "Sway," as he's known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want---term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVER lets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions.