Realistic Fiction

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Y Fiction Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt, Y Fiction Reinhardt
Sixteen-year-old atheist Simone Turner-Bloom's life changes in unexpected ways when her parents convince her to make contact with her biological mother, an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer.

Cheater: A Novel by Michael Laser, Y Fiction Laser
When brilliant high school student Karl Petrovsky gets talked into participating in an elaborate cheating operation at his school, he ends up involved in a bigger problem than he ever anticipated.

Deadline by Chris Crutcher, Y Fiction Crutcher, Y Books on CD Crutcher
Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos."

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler, Y Fiction Mackler
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff, Y Fiction Adoff
In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti, Y Fiction Caletti
Eighteen-year-old Indigo is looking forward to becoming a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.

How I Saved my Fathers Life (and Ruined Everything Else) by Ann Hood, Y Fiction Hood
After her father leaves and marries the glamorous Ava Pomme, Madeline blames her mother for their difficult new life, but in spite of the twelve-year-old's efforts to achieve sainthood, it takes a summer trip to Italy to put her family into perspective.

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko, Y Fiction Choldenko
Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.

Indie Girl by Kavita Daswani, Y Fiction Daswani
Fifteen-year-old Indie Konkipuddi has always dreamed of becoming a fashion reporter. She'd do anything to land an internship with glamorous Celebrity Style magazine, even babysit publisher Aaralyn Taylor's two-year-old son. Her neurosurgeon dad can't understand why Indie would want to spend her weekends picking play-doh off of someone else's Persian carpets, but when Indie scores a jucy gossip tidbit about a movie star, she thinks she might just have an "in" with the publisher.

Inside Out by Terry Trueman, Y Fiction Trueman
A sixteen-year-old with schizophrenia is caught up in the events surrounding an attempted robbery by two other teens who eventually hold him hostage.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, Y Fiction Dessen
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.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin, Y Fiction Zebin
After a nasty fall, Naomi realizes that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.

Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata, Y Fiction Kadohata
Thirteen-year-old Shelby and her three sisters must go to live with their respective fathers while their mother, who has trained them to rely on their looks, recovers from a car accident that scarred her face.

Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner, Y Fiction Wizner, Y Fiction Wizner
Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Y Fiction Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Y Fiction Asher, Y Fiction Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Trigger by Susan Vaught, Y Fiction Vaught
Teenager Jersey Hatch must work through his extensive brain damage to figure out why he decided to shoot himself.

Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick, Y Fiction Sonnenblick
When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out when his knowledge of Zen Buddhism, gained in his previous school, provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.

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