Realistic Teen Fiction

Young adult readers often think it’s important to know that they aren’t alone in the human experience. When checking out the titles in our realistic teen fiction category, you’ll find books that speak to issues that many teens deal with on a daily basis. From living in foster homes and experiencing abuse to eating disorders and the trials of growing up, these examples of ya realistic fiction – and others – can all be found here. You’ll also find reviews of books that focus on both the good and the bad of mother-daughter or father-son relationships and other relationships. Check out our current offerings and come back often to see what other problem novels and books about family relationships we read next!

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This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

By demonstrating how the various aspects of racism play out at CJ’s school, among her friend (and enemy) group, and in the larger community, Misa Sugiura effectively smashes white supremacy in the world of the book and gives readers hope that their own antiracism efforts could be equally effective in their communities and the world at large. Read more →

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When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk is about a female friendship that implodes over the course of a few months in devastating ways and for equally devastating reasons, but at the same time, it will bring readers who are, like Cleo, Black, and those who aren’t Black, like me, a lot of joyful friendship and relationship vibes. I mean, I’m not saying that Dom and Cleo are my new OTP, but I’m not not saying that either. There is a lot more that I could say, but I want you to have the chance to experience the amazing joys and lowest lows of this book yourself. So, instead, I’ll just clearly state that it made an impact on me, and if you pick it up, it will make an impact on you, too. Read more →

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3) by Sandhya Menon

Whether you’ve read the rest of the Dimpleverse yet or not, you seriously have to pick up 10 Things I Hate About Pinky! There are great Easter eggs for fans of the rom com upon which the title was taken, and the story is super sweet and full of chemistry—just as one would expect from this series. Of course, if like me, you love Sandhya Menon’s writing, especially When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie, then you simply must read this book. Read more →

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

It’s about two characters who are holding onto life as best they can, but their experiences with CF and depression put them both in a kind of liminal space between life and death, much like the characters in David’s favourite movie, Wings of Desire. While they are very much alive, their chronic illnesses put them a lot closer to death than anyone else they know, and this means that as their friendship grows, they are able to have deep and meaningful conversations on topics that most teens would be incapable of talking about in depth and, likely, really uncomfortable discussing, like David’s girlfriend Sharon. Read more →