Realistic Fiction (Teen)

Adrian, Emily.  Like it Never Happened.  Y FIC Adrian
As one of The Essential Five theater students at her alternative high school, Rebecca Rivers is preparing to become an actress and enjoying junior year with the perfect boyfriend until life-changing rumors threaten everything.

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.

Andrews, Jesse.  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.  Y FIC Andrews
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Barson, Kelly.  45 Pounds (More or Less).  Y FIC Barson
Struggling with poor self-image issues that are complicated by her slender mother, plus-sized Ann resolves to lose a significant amount of weight before standing as bridesmaid to her aunt, an effort that involves an infomercial diet plan, unfortunate dance lessons, and a series of romantic embarrassments.

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.

Benjamin, Ali.  The Thing About Jellyfish.  Y FIC Benjamin
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.

Benway, Robin.  Emmy and Oliver.  Y FIC Benway
Since her best friend Oliver was kidnapped ten years ago, Emmy’s parents have smothered her with their relentless worry, and when Oliver suddenly reappears in his hometown, he and Emmy struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of the crime.

Crow, Matthew.  The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise.  Y FIC Crow
Determined to forge an independent life away from his dysfunctional family, Francis is diagnosed with leukemia and falls in love with fellow patient Amber, an outspoken girl who helps him navigate a shared world of treatments, doctors and parents.

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.  What Happened to Goodbye.  Y FIC Dessen  (Check out other titles by this author!) 
Following her parents’ bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.

DeWoskin, Rachel.  Blind.  Y FIC DeWoskin
After a horrific accident leaves her blind, fifteen-year-old Emma, one of seven children, eagerly starts high school as a sophomore, and finds that nearly everything has changed–sometimes for the better.

Dominy, Amy Fellner.  A Matter of Heart.  Y FIC Dominy
Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition and forces her to discover who she is without the one thing that has defined her entire life.

Elston, Ashley.  The Rules for Disappearing.  Y FIC Elston  (SERIES)
High school student “Meg” has changed identities so often that she hardly knows who she is anymore, and her family is falling apart, but she knows that two of the rules of witness protection are be forgettable and do not make friends–but in her new home in Louisiana a boy named Ethan is making that difficult.  SEQUEL: The Rules for Breaking (2014).

Emond, Stephan.  Bright Lights, Dark Nights.  Y FIC Emond Walter
Wilcox’s first love, Naomi, happens to be African American, so when Walter’s policeman father is caught in a racial profiling scandal, the teens’ bond and mutual love of the Foo Fighters may not be enough to keep them together through the pressures they face at school, at home, and online.

Federle, Tim.  The Great American Whatever.  Y FIC Federle
Teenaged Quinn, an aspiring screenwriter, copes with his sister’s death while his best friend forces him back out into the world to face his reality.

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.

Green, John.  The Fault in Our Stars.  Y FIC Green  (Check out other titles by this author!) 
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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.

King, Wesley.  OCDaniel.  Y FIC King
A thirteen-year-old boy’s life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything.

Kinsella, Sophie.  Finding Audrey.  Y FIC Kinsella
Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.

Knowles, Jo.  Read Between the Lines.  Y FIC Knowles
A collection of interrelated stories follow nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day, with uncertainties, traumas, heartbreak, and revenge.

Leavitt, Martine.  Calvin.  Y FIC Leavitt
Seventeen-year-old Calvin, who was born on the day that the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, is stricken by a schizophrenic episode and begins having conversations with the tiger, Hobbes. Struggling to regain control of his mind and destiny, Calvin becomes convinced that he’ll get better if the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, will draw just one more comic.

McGovern, Cammie.  A Step Toward Falling.  Y FIC McGovern
When their inaction during an attack on a disabled girl earns them community service at a center for people with disabilities, Emily and Lucas bond while trying to make up for their mistake, and wonder if they can make it right with the girl who suffered because of them.

Mackler, Carolyn.  Infinite in Between.  Y FIC Mackler
Five students who meet in freshman orientation agree to write notes to their future selves and promise to reunite in exactly four years when they are ready to graduate from high school.

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.

Monninger, Joseph.  Whippoorwill.  Y FIC Monniger
In rural New Hampshire, sixteen-year-old Clair Taylor and her neighbor, eighteen-year-old Danny Stewart, fall into an unlikely relationship as they work together to save Wally, a loveable but mistreated dog kept chained in a junk-filled yard by Danny’s cruel father.

Moracho, Cristina.  Althea & Oliver.  Y FIC 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.

Niven, Jennifer.  All the Bright Places.  Y FIC Niven
Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Polonsky, Ami.  Gracefully Grayson.  Y FIC Polonsky
Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world.

Portes, Andrea.  Anatomy of a Misfit.  Y FIC Portes
The third most popular girl in school’s choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic mistfit ends in tragedy and self-realizaition.

Quick, Matthew.  Every Exquisite Thing.  Y FIC Quick
Nanette O’Hare, a star student and athlete, is given a mysterious out-of-print cult classic novel by her beloved teacher that sparks the rebel within her, but as she befriends the reclusive author and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.

Reedy, Trent.  If You’re Reading This.  Y FIC Reedy
For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

Reichardt, Marisa.  Underwater.  Y FIC Reichardt
Ever since the mass shooting at her California high school, junior Morgan Grant has become increasingly agoraphobic until even the idea of stepping outside her door can bring on a panic attack, a situation not made any easier by the fact that her parents are divorced–but when Evan moves in next door she finds herself attracted to him and begins to find herself longing for the life she has been missing.

Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanor & Park.  Y FIC Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Schmidt, Gary D.  Orbiting Jupiter.  Y FIC Schmidt
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice. 

Schneider, Robyn.  The Beginning of Everything.  Y FIC 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.

Skilton, Sarah.  Bruised.  Y FIC Skilton
When she freezes during a hold-up at the local diner, sixteen-year-old Imogen, a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, has to rebuild her life, including her relationship with her family and with the boy who was with her during the shoot-out.

Smith, Andrew.  100 Sideways Miles.  Y FIC Smith
Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father’s cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade Hernandez, and first love, Julia, until Julia moves away.

Spinelli, Jerry.  Crash.  YPB Spinelli
Seventh-grader John “Crash” Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather’s stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

Stead, Rebecca.  Goodbye Stranger.  Y FIC Stead
As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?”

Stone, Tamara.  Every Last Word.  Y FIC Stone
Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club.

Thorne, Jenn Marie.  The Wrong Side of Right.  Y FIC Thorne
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kate Quinn meets the father she did not know she had, joins his presidential campaign, falls for a rebellious boy, and when what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide what is best.

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.

Warga, Jasmine.  My Heart and Other Black Holes.  Y FIC Warga
Overwhelmed by her father’s violent crime and the rejection of her mother and peers, 16-year-old physics student Aysel forges a suicide pact with an equally haunted Roman, with whom she falls unexpectedly in love.

Whaley, John Corey.  Highly Illogical Behavior.  Y FIC Whaley
Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that–and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.

Yoon, Nicola.  Everything, Everything.  Y FIC Yoon
The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known.

Zentner, Jeff.  The Serpent King.  Y FIC Zentner
The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.

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