Tag Archive for Realistic Teen Fiction


Blog Tour: But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure + Mini Interview

Buy But Then I Came Back Regular price: $18.58 ($24.99 CDN) Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers / Raincoast Books Format: Hardcover Reviewer: Melissa on April 6, 2017 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars “Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.” “Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is… Read more →


Gena / Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson & Interview

Whether you’re part of one or multiple fandoms, whether you write, read, or steer clear of fanfic, you have to give this one a try. Seriously. Moreover, like my fave book by Hannah Moskowitz, Gone, Gone, Gone, there is a big emotional aspect to Gena / Finn. If you want a punch in the feels, then you don’t want to miss this unique, contemporary YA novel. Read more →


Not After Everything by Michelle Levy

Not After Everything is a realistic depiction of the type of grief that a teen boy would experience if his mother committed suicide as well as the way it affects other people in the community. Michelle Levy doesn’t tie everything up in a perfect bow because that’s not the way life after suicide works, but it can get more hopeful, so she gives readers and Tyler the possibility to hope in a dark time, the joy of laughter during a period of sadness, and the opportunity for a rich and full life despite the “what ifs” and “whys” that might never go away completely. Read more →


Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross

From strong parental figures and a believable exploration of major league sports to a steamy romance, Whatever Life Throws At You won’t make you turn pages as quickly as Brody’s fast ball or Annie’s mile or two mile runs, but it’ll be pretty close. Add in the tension-filled plot twists included in the novel, and you’ll have a really good story featuring a diverse and intersectional love interest. Read more →