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The
              absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie (2008)

 


Go ask Alice
Go ask Alice

by Anonymous (1971)

 


Shark girl
Shark girl

by Kelly Bingham (2007)

First book in the Shark girl series


Junk Junk

by Melvin Burgess (1996)

 


Stolen
Stolen

by Lucy Christopher (2009)

 


The chocolate
              war The chocolate war

by Robert Cormier (1974)

 


Moonrise
Moonrise

by Sarah Crossan (2017)

 


No and me No and me

by Delphine de Vigan (2007)

 


The happiest refugee
The happiest refugee

by Anh Do (2010)

 


Revolution Revolution

by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)

 


Before I die
Before I die

by Jenny Downham (2007)

 


If I stay
If I stay

by Gayle Forman (2009)

First book in the If I stay series


The fault in our stars
The fault in our stars

by John Green (2012)

 


The
              curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

by Mark Haddon (2003)

 


Please ignore Vera Dietz
Please ignore Vera Dietz

by A.S. King (2010)

 


Butter
Butter

by Erin Lange (2012)

 


We were liars
We were liars

by E. Lockhart (2014)

 


Saving
              Francesca
Saving Francesca

by Melina Marchetta (2003)

First book in the Saving Francesca series


One of us is
              lying
One of us is lying

by Karen M. McManus (2017)

First book in the Bayview High series


Lucky caller
Lucky caller

by Emma Mills (2020)

 


Monster
Monster

by Walter Dean
Myers (1999)

 


The sky is everywhere
The sky is everywhere

by Jandy Nelson (2010)

 


A monster calls
A monster calls

by Patrick
Ness (2011)

 


A child called It
A child called It

by Dave Pelzer (1995)

First book in the A child called It series


My sister's keeper
My sister's keeper

by Jodi Picoult (2004)

 


Eleanor and
              Park
Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell (2012)


Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the
              universe
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

by Benjamin Alire
Saenz (2012)

 


The catcher in the rye
The catcher in the rye

by J.D.
Salinger (1951)

 



If you want more


Simon vs
              the homo sapiens agenda Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda

by Becky Albertalli (2015)

First book in the Simon series


Shout Shout

by Laurie Halse Anderson (2019)




Thirteen reasons why
Thirteen reasons why

by Jay Asher (2007)

 


The perks
              of being a wallflower
The perks of being a wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky (1999)

 


Toffee Toffee

by Sarah Crossan (2019)

 


Winter town
Winter town

by Stephen Emond (2011)

 


Ruby red
Ruby Red

by Linzi Glass (2007)

 


Amelia Westlake
Amelia Westlake

by Erin Gough (2018)

 


Dear Vincent
Dear Vincent

by Mandy Hager (2013)

 


Red tears
Red tears

by Joanna Kenrick (2007)

 


The moth diaries
The moth diaries

by Rachel Klein (2002)

 


Puberty blues
Puberty blues

by Kathy Lette & Gabrielle Carey (1979)

 


In ecstasy In ecstasy

by Kate McCaffrey (2008)

 


Rose by
              any other name
Rose by any other name

by Maureen McCarthy (2006)

 


Big Mouth
              and Ugly Girl
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl

by Joyce Carol Oates (2002)

 


Come clean
Come clean

by Terri Paddock (2004)

 


Ketchup
              clouds
Ketchup clouds

by Annabel Pitcher (2012)

 


A voice in
              the distance
A voice in the distance

by Tabitha Suzuma (2008)

 


Make
              lemonade
Make lemonade

by Virginia Euwer Wolff (1993)

First book in the Make lemonade series


Lottery
Lottery

by Patricia Wood (2007)

 



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