Real Problems

Speak
Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. There is something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, she would then have to speak the truth.

Fault in Our Stars
John Green

At 16, Hazel has cancer and is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love.

Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher

Even though Hannah killed herself she is talking through tapes she had made. She wants to let the people who hurt her know the reasons that she is no longer alive—all 13 of them.

Eleanor and Park
Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits falling in love for the first time over music and comics. A sad yet hopeful story about first love and finding yourself.

We Were Liars
E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Sherman Alexie

Determined to better his life, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


Monster
Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

I’ll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson

At thirteen, twins Noah and Jude were inseparable. Now, at sixteen, they hardly speak. Noah tells why they, and their family, fell apart; Jude tells how she’s trying to put them back together.

All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven

When Theodore and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school (both teetering on the edge) it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, and two teens’ desire to heal and save one another.


Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

Dumplin’
Julie Murphy

Willowdean aka “Dumplin” is a self-proclaimed fat girl and comfortable in her own skin. Or so she thought until she meets hot jock Bo. To take back her confidence, Will enters a beauty pageant.

My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Piccoult

Anna was born to keep her sister alive. She was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister Kate, and what happens when she begins to question who she really is.

Lock and Key
Sarah Dessen

After her mother abandons her, Ruby is flying below the radar of social servies and trying to make it to her 18th birthday, when she's busted by the landlord. Ruby is taken in by her estranged sister, Cora, who left for college a decade earlier and never looked back.

The Summer I Turned Pretty
Jenny Han

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different. 

An Abundance of Katherines
John Green

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

The Sun is Also a Star
Nicole Yoon

Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love.

In Real Life
Jessica Love

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another. There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.