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









   
Go ask Alice
by Anonymous (1971)
   

Inventing Elliot
by Graham Gardner (2003)

   
The simple gift
by Steven Herrick (2000)
   
The outsiders
by S.E. Hinton (1967)
First book in the Outsiders series
   
Saving Francesca
by Melina Marchetta (2003)
First book in the Saving Francesca series
   
A monster calls
by Patrick Ness (2011)
   
How I live now
by Meg Rosoff (2004)
   

Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell (2012)







Feather boy
by Nicky Singer (2002)


Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac
by Gabrielle Zevin (2007)
   



Thirteen reasons why
by Jay Asher (2007)







I am not Esther
by Fleur Beale (1998)







The thing about jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin (2015)







Shark girl
by Kelly Bingham (2007)
First book in the Shark girl series
   
Walking naked
by Alyssa Brugman (2002)
   
The perks of being a wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky (1999)
   
Stolen
by Lucy Christopher (2009)








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

Apple and Rain
by Sarah Crossan (2014)







One
by Sarah Crossan (2015)



The weight of water
by Sarah Crossan (2012)


Homelessness
No and me
by Delphine de Vigan (2007)


Before I die
by Jenny Downham (2007)
   
Monkey taming
by Judith Fathallah (2006)
   
If I stay
by Gayle Forman (2009)
First book in the If I stay series







Butterflies
by Susanne Gervay (2001)

   
Ruby Red
Ruby Red
by Linzi Glass (2007)







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

Dear Vincent
by Mandy Hager (2013)
   
A place like this
by Steven Herrick (1998)
   
Megan
by Mary Hooper (1999)
First book in the Megan series
   
Red tears
by Joanna Kenrick (2007)







Please ignore Vera Dietz
by A.S. King (2010)
   
The moth diaries
by Rachel Klein (2002)
   

Butter
by Erin Lange (2012)
   
Puberty blues
by Kathy Lette & Gabrielle Carey (1979)
   

We were liars
by E. Lockhart (2014)
   
Looking for Alibrandi
by Melina Marchetta (1992)
   
Letters from the inside
by John Marsden (1991)







Rose by any other name
by Maureen McCarthy (2006)
   
Cut
by Patricia McCormick (2000)
   

Monster
by Walter Dean Myers (1999)







Big Mouth and Ugly Girl
by Joyce Carol Oates (2002)
   
Peeling the onion
by Wendy Orr (1996)
   
Come clean
by Terri Paddock (2004)
   
A child called "It"
by Dave Pelzer (1995)
First book in the A child called "It" series
   
My sister's keeper
by Jodi Picoult (2004)








Ketchup clouds
by Annabel Pitcher (2012)
   
Mice
by Gordon Reece (2010)
   
Stone cold
by Robert Swindells (1993)
   

Popular
by Maya Van Wagenen (2014)
   
Keep your hair on
by Elizabeth Vercoe (2003)
   

Make lemonade
by Virginia Euwer Wolff (1993)
First book in the Make lemonade series
   
Refugee boy
by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)
   








Wasted
by Colin Bowles (2001)
   
Killing God
by Kevin Brooks (2009)
   
Martyn Pig
by Kevin Brooks (2002)








Revolution
by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)








Winter town
by Stephen Emond (2011)







The true meaning of cleavage
by Mariah Fredericks (2003)







Lessons from a dead girl
by Jo Knowles (2007)







The beckoners
by Carrie Mac (2004)







Damage
by Sue Mayfield (2006)







Beautiful monster
by Kate McCaffrey (2010)







In ecstasy
by Kate McCaffrey (2008)







Feeling sorry for Celia
by Jaclyn Moriarty (2000)
First book in the Ashbury/Brookfield series







Bruised
by Siobhan Parkinson (2011)







The memory shell
by Alison Stewart (2000)







A voice in the distance
by Tabitha Suzuma (2008)







The ant colony
by Jenny Valentine (2009)







All I ever wanted
by Vikki Wakefield (2011)