Teen Realistic Fiction

    • 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.

    • The Fault in Our Stars
      John Green

      Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Somebody Up There Hates You
      Hollis Seamon

      Dying of cancer in a hospice, seventeen-year-old prankster Richard has big plans for his final days.

    • The Beginning of Everything
      Robyn Schneider

      Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner's life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

    • 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.

    • No Place
      Todd Strasser

      When Dan and his parents can no longer pay their mortgage, they end up homeless and living in a local tent city. It's a bad situation, and it only gets worse when the leader of the tent city is brutally beaten. Who is trying to shut down the tent city, and why?