12 Teen Novels about Graduation

HeatofMoment

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt
YA BARNHOLDT, L.
“Before graduation, I promise to learn to trust” is what the email Lyla McAfee wrote to herself as a freshman, to be delivered right before graduation, says–but on the senior trip to Florida she discovers that what she now considers a silly sentiment may be a lot harder, and a lot more important, than she thinks.

KidneyHypothetical

The Kidney Hypothetical, Or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee
YA YEE, L.
A week before high school graduation, Harvard-bound Higgs suddenly finds his life falling apart and the other students turning against him, and somehow it all started with a hypothetical question about donating a kidney–but really it goes much deeper, all the way back to the death of his older brother.

GloryObrien

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
YA KING, A.
As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O’Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother’s suicide.

PlayMeBackwards

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
YA SELZER, A.
A promising and popular student in middle school, Leon Harris has become a committed “slacker” but with graduation approaching and his middle school girlfriend possibly returning to town, Leon’s best friend Stan, who claims to be Satan, helps him get back on the right track–for a price.

Infinite Moment of Us

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
As high school graduation nears, Wren Gray is surprised to connect with gentle Charlie Parker, a boy with a troubled past who has loved her for years, while she considers displeasing her parents for the first time and changing the plans for her future.

KissMorningStar

Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
YA HOOLE, E.
The summer after high school graduation and one year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna and her long-time best friend Kat set out on a road trip across the country, armed with camping supplies and a copy of Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, determined to be open to anything that comes their way.

NewGuy

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
YA SPALDING, A.
Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.

saywhatyouwill

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

PerfectlyGoodWhiteBoy

Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian
YA MESROBIAN, C.
After losing his virginity to an older girl who dumps him at the end of summer, Sean decides to join the Marines, but first he must get through his senior year of high school.

PrincessesofIowa

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
YA BACKES, M.
After being involved in a drunk driving accident in the spring, Paige Sheridan spends the summer in Paris as an au-pair and then returns to her suburban Iowa existence for her senior year of high school, where she begins to wonder if she wants more out life than being popular, having a handsome boyfriend and all the latest clothes, and being a member of the social elite.

KnightsHillCountry

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
YA THARP, T.
In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

VeganVirginValentine

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
YA MACKLER, C.
Mara has her senior year planned out and her sights set on Yale when her niece, who is only one year younger and opposite in temperament, moves in and disrupts Mara’s life.