No empire-line dresses, no three-headed aliens, no
smug vampires, no goblins, and no talking rabbits.
characters making tough decisions about life right now.

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
by Sherman Alexie (2008)
Go ask Alice
by Anonymous (1971)

by Melvin Burgess (1996)

The fault in our stars
by John Green (2012)

A monster calls
by Patrick Ness (2011)

Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell (2012)
The catcher in the rye
by J.D. Salinger (1951)

Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda
by Becky Albertalli (2015)
First book in the Simon series

Thirteen reasons why
by Jay Asher (2007)
The perks of being a wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky (1999)

The chocolate war
by Robert Cormier (1974)
First book in The chocolate war series

by Sarah Crossan (2017)

Deadly, unna?
by Phillip Gwynne (1998)
First book in the Deadly, unna? series

by Erin Lange (2012)

   One of us is lying
by Karen M. McManus (2017)

by Walter Dean Myers (1999)

Big Mouth and Ugly Girl
by Joyce Carol Oates (2002)
A child called "It"
by Dave Pelzer (1995)
First book in the A child called "It" series

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the  universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)

by Patricia Wood (2007)

Killing God
by Kevin Brooks (2009)

by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)

Winter town
by Stephen Emond (2011)