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.









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








Junk
by Melvin Burgess (1996)







The fault in our stars
by John Green (2012)







Saving Francesca
by Melina Marchetta (2003)
First book in the Saving Francesca series







A monster calls
by Patrick Ness (2011)








Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell (2012)







The catcher in the rye
by J.D. Salinger (1951)








   
Thirteen reasons why
by Jay Asher (2007)


Shark girl
by Kelly Bingham (2007)
First book in the Shark girl series







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







Moonrise
by Sarah Crossan (2017)
   
Homelessness
No and me
by Delphine de Vigan (2007)







Before I die
by Jenny Downham (2007)


If I stay
by Gayle Forman (2009)
First book in the If I stay series


Ruby Red
Ruby Red
by Linzi Glass (2007)
   

Dear Vincent
by Mandy Hager (2013)


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)
   
Rose by any other name
by Maureen McCarthy (2006)
   

Monster
by Walter Dean Myers (1999)
   

The sky is everywhere
by Jandy Nelson (2010)








Big Mouth and Ugly Girl
by Joyce Carol Oates (2002)







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)







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

Make lemonade
by Virginia Euwer Wolff (1993)
First book in the Make lemonade series







Lottery
by Patricia Wood (2007)
   








Killing God
by Kevin Brooks (2009)








Revolution
by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)
   

Winter town
by Stephen Emond (2011)







In ecstasy
by Kate McCaffrey (2008)
   
A voice in the distance
by Tabitha Suzuma (2008)
   
All I ever wanted
by Vikki Wakefield (2011)