Realistic Fiction / Contemporary

American Street

By: Ibi Zoboi

Just as Fabiola and her mother were leaving Haiti, her mother was detained by U.S. Immigration. Now, Fabiola has to navigate her family, new school, and new country, all on her own. When it comes down to it, how much will Fabiola pay for the American dream?

Dear Martin

By: Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister is a straight A student, destined for the Ivy League – but none of that matters when Justyce goes riding with his best friend one night and the boys encounter an angry off-duty cop. Shots are fired and Justyce is left trying to pick up the pieces, while trying to live his life like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr would.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

By: E.K. Johnston

Hermione Winters is a cheerleader, just one season away from being a legend. This all changes during a party, when someone slips something in her drink and she blacks out.

History is All You Left Me

By: Adam Silvera

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend dies, he has to rethink his future. In doing so, he has to confront his past and face the consequences of his choices and secrets.

Little & Lion

By: Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion is a fantastic study of sexuality, mental health, racism, and identity, disguised as a lovely story about a girl coming home to friends and family.

Long Way Down

By: Jason Reynolds

Seven floors. One elevator. One boy trying to come to terms with what he has to do to live by the rules (no crying, no snitching, get revenge). His brother has just been murdered. He has a gun and seven floors to come to terms with what he has to do. It is a long way down – and the story changes with each floor.

Ramona Blue

By: Julie Murphy

Ramona knows three things for sure: she likes girls; she is fiercely devoted to her family; and she is going to get out of Eulogy, Mississippi. But everything changes when her childhood friend, Freddie comes home. Ramona will soon discover that her life, and love, is more fluid than it seems.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

By: Katie Ormsbee

When her modern-day adaptation of Anna Karenina goes viral, Tash’s life is changed forever. Now, she has to figure out her life, her newfound fame and how to tell her crush that she is asexual. What would Tolstoy do?

The Hate U Give

By: Angie Thomas

Starr lives in two different worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy prep school she attends. The balance is shattered, when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend at the hands of a police officer. A book whose events are ripped from real headlines, The Hate U Give is a stunning story of courage, death and truth.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

By: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Sal has always been certain about himself and his place in the world, but all that changes in one moment and he is forced to confront his faith, loss, and grief – and, through it all, discover who he truly is.

The Sun is Also a Star

By: Nicola Yoon

Jamaican-American, Natasha meets and falls in love with Korean-American, Daniel, on the day she is due to be deported, in this novel that tackles hard questions about God, love and fate.

The Way I Used to Be

By: Amber Smith

Eden’s life is changed when she is raped. Now, nothing makes sense. She can’t tell anyone what happened, so she buries it, and she buries who she used to be. Told in four parts, The Way I Used to Be reveals one young woman’s strength as she rebuilds her life and herself.

They Both Die at the End

By: Adam Silvera

On September 5, Mateo and Rufus discover that they are both going to die at the end of the day. Using the "Last Friend" app, Mateo and Rufus find each other and meet for the first time to have one last adventure.

We Are Okay

By: Nina LaCour

Marin left her old life behind when she graduated from high school, or so she thought. When her best friend Mabel comes to visit, the two are forced to face everything that has been left unsaid and confront the loneliness in their hearts.

Words on Bathroom Walls

By: Julia Walton

Words on Bathroom Walls is a heartbreakingly realistic novel that centers on one high school student's life with schizophrenia, as told through journal entries to his therapist.