Family Relations (Teen)

Alexander, Kwame.  The Crossover: A Basketball Novel.  Y FIC Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  The Impossible Knife of Memory.  Y FIC Anderson
Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

Avi.   Blue Heron.  Y FIC Avi
While spending the month of August on the Massachusetts shore with her father, stepmother, and their new baby, almost thirteen-year-old Maggie finds beauty in and draws strength from a great blue heron, even as the family around her unravels.

Barnes, Jennifer.  The Fixer.  Y FIC Barnes  (SERIES)
When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, who has been keeping his Montana ranch going, is whisked away to Washington, D.C., by a sister she barely knows and thrown into a world of politics, power, wealth, love triangles, and family secrets.  SEQUEL: The Long Game (2016).

Bass, Alexis.  What’s Broken Between Us.  Y FIC Bass
A teenage girl must heal and learn to love again when her brother returns from jail after causing a drunk driving accident that changed their lives forever.

Bliss, Bryan.  Meet Me Here.  Y FIC Bliss
Expected to follow in the proud tradition of his military family, Thomas accepts a friend’s suggestion that he enjoy one last night of fun before his service begins and embarks on an evening filled with risks, doubts, courage and confrontations about the realities of his brother’s PTSD.

Calame, Don.  Dan Versus Nature.  Y FIC Calame
Follows the story of a teen graphic novel artist whose mother sends him on a survivalist camping trip to bond with his soon-to-be-stepdad, a haphazard journey marked by pranks, his germaphobe best friend, an attractive girl and the loss of their guide.

Caletti, Deb.  The Last Forever.  Y FIC Caletti
After her mother’s death, it’s all Tessa can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. Even the rare plant her mother entrusted to her care starts to wilt. Then she meets Henry. Though secrets stand between them, each has a chance at healing…if first, Tessa can find the courage to believe in forever.

Cantor, Jillian.  Searching for Sky.  Y FIC Cantor
On her sixteenth birthday, Sky and River, the boy with whom she has shared Island since she was a toddler, are “rescued” and taken to California, where Sky is separated from River, forced to live with a grandmother she has just met, and learn new rules for survival.

Cooney, Caroline B.  The Face on the Milk Carton. Y FIC Cooney/ Y PB C (SERIES) (SUMMER READING)
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

Cooney, Caroline B.  No Such Person.  Y FIC Cooney
A sibling rivalry between a free-spirited younger sister and her success-driven older sister escalates into tragedy and mystery for a family during a lakeside summer.

Creech, Sharon.  Absolutely Normal Chaos.  Y PB C (SUMMER READING)
Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.

Davis, Tanita A.  Peas and Carrots.  Y FIC Davis
After her mother is arrested, Dess is sent to live with the foster family that took in her baby brother several years before, and although she and her new foster sister, Hope, clash immediately, they soon realize they have much in common.

Demetrios, Heather.  Something Real.  Y FIC Demetrios
Since the cancellation of her family’s reality television show, seventeen-year-old Bonnie Baker, one of twelve siblings, has tried to live a normal life with real friends and a possible boyfriend, until her mother and the show’s producers decide to bring “Baker’s Dozen” back on the air.

Dessen, Sarah.  Lock and Key.  Y FIC Dessen (Check out other titles by this author!) 
When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora’s new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others

Downham, Jenny.  Unbecoming.  Y FIC Downham
Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a “special needs” teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s–and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.

Eagar, Lindsay.  Hour of the Bees.  Y FIC Eagar
At first, twelve-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by his amazing stories.

Firestone, Carrie.  The Loose Ends List.  Y FIC Firestone
Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine and her zany family accompany their terminally ill matriarch on her ‘death with dignity’ cruise, where Maddie falls in love, makes new friends, and struggles to find the strength to let go of her beloved Gram.

Friend, Natasha  Where You’ll Find Me.  Y FIC Friend
After her mother’s attempted suicide, thirteen-year-old Anna goes to live with her father and his new family, and learns to navigate the shifting loyalties of middle school friendships.

Gibney, Shannon.  See No Color.  Y FIC Gibney
Alex has always identified herself as a baseball player, the daughter of a winning coach, but when she realizes that is not enough she begins to come to terms with her adoption and her race.

Gilbert, Kelly Loy.  Conviction.  Y FIC Loy
A small-town boy questions everything he holds to be true when his father is accused of murder.

Han, Jenny.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  Y FIC Han  (SERIES)
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.  SEQUEL: P.S. I Still Love You (2015).

Holczer, Tracy.  The Secret Hum of a Daisy.  Y FIC Holczer
After 12-year-old Grace’s mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. Then she discovers clues in a mysterious treasure hunt–one that will help her find her true home.

Kantor, Melissa.  Better Than Perfect.  Y FIC Kantor
Setting high ambitions for an Ivy League education and successful life, Juliet begins questioning her strict family rules in the face of her father’s abandonment, her mother’s instability and her growing feelings for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Lake, Nick.  There Will Be Lies.  Y FIC Lake
Shelby Cooper, nearly eighteen, has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby’s mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby’s father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

LaMarche, Una.  Don’t Fail Me Now.  Y FIC LaMarche
Interracial half-siblings come together for the first time and embark on a cross-country road trip to confront their absentee father before he dies.

Leaver, Trisha.  The Secrets We Keep.  Y FIC Leaver
When her identical twin sister, Maddy, is killed in a car accident, seventeen-year-old Ella assumes Maddy’s life, only to discover that it was filled with dark secrets.

Lockhart, E.  We Were Liars.  Y FIC Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Matson, Morgan.  The Unexpected Everything.  Y FIC Matson
When a scandal surrounding her father upsets all her carefully laid plans for her future, Andie must learn to accept a new relationship with her father and to embrace a little chaos in her life.

Nelson, Jandy.  I’ll Give You the Sun.  Y FIC Nelson
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

Nickerson, Sara.  The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me.  Y FIC Nickerson
Missy struggles with her father’s upcoming marriage and separation from her best friends when she and her brother Jack get summer jobs picking blueberries at a local farm to earn extra money.

Preller, James.  The Courage Test.  Y FIC Preller
Dragged along on his father’s wilderness adventure that follows the trail of Lewis and Clark, young Will meets fascinating strangers and has courage-challenging experiences that are overshadowed by growing fears that something is not quite right.

Rowell, Rainbow.  Fangirl.  Y FIC Rowell
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

Smith-Ready, Jery.  This Side of Salvation.  Y FIC Smith-Ready
After his older brother is killed, David turns to anger and his parents to religion, but just as David’s life is beginning to make sense again his parents press him and his sister to join them in cutting worldly ties to prepare for the Rush, when the faithful will be whisked off to heaven.

Sonnenblick, Jordan.  Notes from the Midnight Driver.  Y Fic Sonnenblick (SUMMER READING)
After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.

Stone, Phoebe.  Paris for Two.  Y FIC Stone
Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother’s favorite, but now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses–and her beautiful sister does not take it well.

Umminger, Alison.  American Girls.  Y FIC Umminger
Fifteen-year-old Anna runs away to Los Angeles where her half-sister takes her in, but after spending days on television and movie sets, she learns LA is not the glamorous escape she imagined.

Volponi, Paul.  Game Seven.  Y FIC Volponi
Idolizing the father who fled Cuba to pitch professionally in America, 16-year-old Julio dreams of playing for Cuba’s national team only to have his prospects overshadowed by his father’s defection.

Welch, Jenna Evans.  Love & Gelato.  Y FIC Welch
After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mother’s journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother’s secrets.

Zink, Michelle.  Lies I Told.  Y FIC Zink  (SERIES)
Since Grace was adopted by the Fontaines, she has been carefully taught the art of the scam and has an uncanny ability to create a personality to help her “parents,” but their latest job has her questioning everything she has been taught and the family she has grown to love.  SEQUELPromises I Made (2015).

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