Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Realistic Fiction

Tales of the Madman Underground  cover

Tales of the Madman Underground

Author: Barnes, John,

In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior K...

Perfect Chemistry  cover

Perfect Chemistry

Author: Elkeles, Simone.

When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side ...

Schooled  cover


Author: Korman, Gordon.

Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television...

Speak  cover


Author: Anderson, Laurie Halse.

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman y...

Jellicoe Road  cover

Jellicoe Road

Author: Marchetta, Melina,

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markha...

Reality Check  cover

Reality Check

Author: Abrahams, Peter,

After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high scho...

All Unquiet Things  cover

All Unquiet Things

Author: Jarzab, Anna.

After the death of his ex-girlfriend Carly, northern California high school student Neily joi...

Queen of Secrets  cover

Queen of Secrets

Author: Meyerhoff, Jenny.

Fifteen-year-old Essie Green, an orphan who has been raised by her secular Jewish grandparent...

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  cover

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Alexie, Sherman,

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to att...

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin  cover

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

Author: Berk, Josh.

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high schoo...

Carter Finally Gets It  cover

Carter Finally Gets It

Author: Crawford, Brent.

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high schoo...

Crunch Time  cover

Crunch Time

Author: Fredericks, Mariah.

Four students, who have formed a study group to prepare for the SAT exam, sustain each other ...

The Rule of Won  cover

The Rule of Won

Author: Petrucha, Stefan.

Caleb Dunne, the quintessential slacker, is pressured by his girlfriend to join a high school...

The Queen Geek Social Club  cover

The Queen Geek Social Club

Author: Preble, Laura.

Seeking more of their own kind and wanting to shake things up at school, fifteen-year-old She...

How to Say Goodbye in Robot  cover

How to Say Goodbye in Robot

Author: Standiford, Natalie.

After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in a private school, high school senior Beatrice befr...

Viola in Reel Life  cover

Viola in Reel Life

Author: Trigiani, Adriana.

When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana ...

Rikers High  cover

Rikers High

Author: Volponi, Paul.

Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facilit...

Food, Girls, and Other Things I can't Have  cover

Food, Girls, and Other Things I can't Have

Author: Zadoff, Allen.

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the vars...

After  cover


Author: Efaw, Amy.

In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport ...

After the Moment  cover

After the Moment

Author: Freymann-Weyr, Garret,

When seventeen-year-old Leigh changes high schools his senior year to help his stepsister, he...

Artichoke's Heart  cover

Artichoke's Heart

Author: Supplee, Suzanne.

When she is almost sixteen years old, Rosemary decides she is sick of being overweight, mocke...

Destroy all Cars  cover

Destroy all Cars

Author: Nelson, Blake,

Through assignments for English class, seventeen-year-old James Hoff rants against consumeris...

Flash Burnout  cover

Flash Burnout

Author: Madigan, L. K.

"Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond, Blake's world turns upside down. The...

Game  cover


Author: Myers, Walter Dean,

If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, th...

Hold Still  cover

Hold Still

Author: LaCour, Nina.

As Caitlin struggles to cope with her best friend Ingrid's suicide, she turns inward and quie...

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder  cover

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

Author: Halpern, Julie,

When high school sophomore Jessie's long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and ...

Jumped  cover


Author: Williams-Garcia, Rita.

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of ...

Marcelo in the Real World  cover

Marcelo in the Real World

Author: Stork, Francisco X.

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectr...

No More us for You  cover

No More us for You

Author: Hernandez, David,

Isabel and Carlos, both seventeen, find themselves growing closer after an unexpected acciden...

Pop  cover


Author: Korman, Gordon.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus ...

Shooting Star  cover

Shooting Star

Author: McKissack, Fredrick,

Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order...

Some Girls Are  cover

Some Girls Are

Author: Summers, Courtney.

Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor a...

Struts & Frets  cover

Struts & Frets

Author: Skovron, Jon.

Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-des...

Swim the Fly  cover

Swim the Fly

Author: Calame, Don.

"Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves...

The Life of Glass  cover

The Life of Glass

Author: Cantor, Jillian.

Throughout her freshman year of high school, fourteen-year-old Melissa struggles to hold onto...

Thirteen Reasons Why  cover

Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Asher, Jay.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette...

Hate List  cover

Hate List

Author: Brown, Jennifer,

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of thei...


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