13 Teen Novels about Family Drama

RulesDisappearing

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
YA ELSTON, A.
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.

LoveLeftovers

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
YA TREGAY, S.
When her father starts dating a man, fifteen-year-old Marcie’s depressed mother takes her to New Hampshire but just as Marcie starts falling for a great guy her father brings her back to Iowa, where all of her relationships have become strained.

MilesOrdinary

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
YA WILLIAMS, C.
As her mother’s mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control, thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the truth of what life with her mother means for both of them.

EverythingIWas

Everything I Was by Corinne Demas
YA DEMAS, C.
Thirteen-year-old Irene helps in her grandfather’s plant nursery, makes new friends, and begins to learn what she really wants and needs after her father, having lost his job as an investment banker, moves her and her mother to his father’s farmhouse upstate.

InvisibleGirl

Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone
YA STONE, M.
Thirteen-year-old Stephanie, whisked from Boston to Encino, California, to stay with family friends after her abusive, alcoholic mother abandons her, tries desperately to fit in with her “cousin’s” popular group even as she sees how much easier it would be to remain invisible.

FixingDelilah

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
YA OCKLER, S.
When Delilah, her mother, and her aunt spend the summer in Vermont settling Delilah’s estranged grandmother’s estate, long-held family secrets are painfully brought to light and Delilah finally learns some difficult truths about her family’s past.

SayWord

Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee
YA GARSEE, J.
After the death of her estranged mother, who left Ohio years ago to live with her lesbian partner in New York City, seventeen-year-old Shawna Gallagher’s life is transformed by revelations about her family, her best friend, and herself.

BecauseIamFurniture

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
YA CHALTAS, T.
The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Vast Fields

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
YA BURD, N.
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

InfiniteSky

Infinite Sky by by C.J. Flood
YA FLOOD, C.
After her mother leaves and her brother and father grow increasingly distant, thirteen-year-old Iris finds solace and friendship in Trick, a fourteen-year-old gypsy boy.

PorcupineTruth

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg
YA KONIGSBERG, B.
Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years–but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

BeetleBoy

Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey
YA WILLEY, M.
Terrible memories resurface when Charlie’s girlfriend asks questions about his childhood.

NoParkingatEndTimes

No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B
Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.