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 crossover
by Kwame Alexander (2014)
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)

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

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)

See you in the cosmos
by Jack Cheng (2017)
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)

by Sarah Crossan (2017)

by Sarah Crossan (2015)

The weight of water
by Sarah Crossan (2012)

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

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)
by Mary Hooper (1999)
First book in the Megan series

   A song only I can hear
by Barry Jonsberg (2018)

Red tears
by Joanna Kenrick (2007)

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

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)
by Patricia McCormick (2000)

   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)
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)
by Gordon Reece (2010)

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

   Drums, girls, and dangerous pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick (2004)

Stone cold
by Robert Swindells (1993)

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)

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

by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)

Winter town
by Stephen Emond (2011)

The true meaning of cleavage
by Mariah Fredericks (2003)

 The other side of Summer
by Emily Gale (2016)

Lessons from a dead girl
by Jo Knowles (2007)

The beckoners
by Carrie Mac (2004)

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

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)