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)

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)

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

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)

by Lucy Christopher (2009)

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

by Sarah Crossan (2017)
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)

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)

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

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)
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

by Patricia Wood (2007)

Killing God
by Kevin Brooks (2009)

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)