Staff picks tagged "realistic"

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Awkward

5

Middle school is hard enough, but when you're the new kid and you fall down in front of everyone on your very first day? Well, that's just awkward. Read more...

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Did You Ever Have a Family

5

A subtle, quiet and beautifully written novel about life before and after unbearable grief. Read more...

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Weightless

4

Cyberbullying. Peer Pressure. Mental Health. These are the weighty topics addressed in Sarah Bannan's debut novel. Read more...

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Fish in a Tree

5

"Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid." Read more...

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Kinda Like Brothers

4

You don't get to pick your family-- even if you aren't related. Read more...

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You're Not Much Use to Anyone

5

Blog Meets World. Read more...

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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

5

A heart-wrenching tale of a New Orleans girl whose 10th birthday falls the same day Hurricane Katrina destroys the city. Read more...

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Absolutely Almost

5

"I love you, Albie. You are caring and thoughtful and good." And, really, isn't that what matters in the long run? Read more...

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The Spectacular Now

4

If you're looking for a good dose of realistic fiction with a Holden Caulfield-esque main character, take a chance on "The Spectacular Now." Read more...

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Fat Boy Versus the Cheerleaders

4

One of my favorite new teen boy voices in teen literature. Ever. Read more...

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Panic

4

A suspenseful tale of brutal competition and secrets. Would you risk your own life in order to change it? Read more...

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Better Off Friends

5

Exploring the age-old question: can a guy and girl really be just friends? Read more...

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The Lucy Variations

4

Sometimes being a piano prodigy just isn't all it's cracked up to be. But I sure do like to read about it! Read more...

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

5

A powerful and important story about teen depression and suicide that will leave you thinking. By the author of "Silver Linings Playbook." Read more...

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Fangirl

5

Not your average coming-of-age story. Read more...

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Winger

5

Let's see, a 14-year-old junior at boarding school, living in a dorm for troublemakers and rooming with his archenemy. What could go wrong? Read more...

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

4

This ain't no "The Fault in Our Stars." Read more...

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The Fault in Our Stars

5

Who knew a book about a kid with cancer could be so funny, wonderful and brilliant? This was-- hands down-- the best book I've read all year! Read more...

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Love and Leftovers

4

"Love and Leftovers" may not be what you think it looks like, but if you're open to surprises, it's better. Read more...

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The Tragedy Paper

4

A bittersweet story of first love. Read more...

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The Death of Bees

5

A dark, quirky coming-of-age story that starts off with a bang and keeps you turning the pages. Read more...

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Ungifted

4

Being gifted doesn't mean you know it all. Read more...

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Endangered

4

When you want a teen book to make you think, read this one. Read more...

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Bunheads

5

Think "Black Swan," just without all the cray-cray. Read more...

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

5

Stop what you're doing and read this book right now. You can thank me later. Read more...

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Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

5

Are you looking for your summer road trip book? You've found it. Read more...

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Before I Fall

5

This is a book you'll want to finish quickly and then immediately start reading again. Read more...