Get Real

Recommended books for teens in the genre of realistic fiction.

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All-American Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cabot, Meg
Call Number:
YP F Cabot
Description:

A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

American Panda
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chao, Gloria
Call Number:
HS F Chao
Description:

A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths -- that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nwaubani, Adaobi Tricia; Mazza, Viviana
Call Number:
YP F Nwaubani
Description:

Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, this poignant novel tells the timely story of one girl who was taken from her home in Nigeria and her harrowing fight for survival. Includes an afterword by award-winning journalist Viviana Mazza.

Dear Sweet Pea
Artist/Author/Cast:
Murphy, Julie
Call Number:
YP F Murphy
Description:

Struggling to adjust to her parents’ sudden divorce at the same time she is forced to sit next to her former best friend in class, a teen finds herself in the unlikely role of a community advice columnist.

Eliza and Her Monsters
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zappia, Francesca
Call Number:
HS F Zappia
Description:

When the anonymous teen creator of a wildly popular webcomic is tempted by a school newcomer to pursue real-world relationships, everything she has worked so hard to build crumbles in the wake of their highly publicized romance.

Far from the Tree
Artist/Author/Cast:
Benway, Robin
Call Number:
YP F Benway
Description:

Feeling incomplete as an adopted child after placing her own baby up for adoption, teen Grace tracks down her biological siblings and finds herself struggling with the dynamics of being a middle child between an embittered older brother and an outspoken younger sister.

Five Flavors of Dumb
Artist/Author/Cast:
John, Antony
Call Number:
HS F John
Description:

Eighteen-year-old deaf Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

Gravity
Artist/Author/Cast:
Deming, Sarah
Call Number:
YP F Deming
Description:

A Jewish Dominican boxer learns to fight for what she wants, and channels her energy towards boxing in the Olympics.

The Hate U Give
Artist/Author/Cast:
Thomas, Angie
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Thomas
Description:

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Heat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lupica, Mike
Call Number:
YP F Lupica
Description:

Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

How It Feels to Float
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fox, Helena
Call Number:
HS F Fox
Description:

Sixteen-year-old Biz sees her father every day, though he died when she was seven. When he suddenly disappears, she tumbles into a disaster-land of grief and depression from which she must find her way back.

I, Claudia
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCoy, Mary
Call Number:
HS F McCoy
Description:

Over the course of her high school years, awkward Claudia McCarthy finds herself unwittingly drawn into the dark side of her school's student government, with dire consequences.

If I Stay
Artist/Author/Cast:
Forman, Gayle
Call Number:
YP F Forman
Description:

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Keeping the Moon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dessen, Sarah
Call Number:
YP F /HS F Dessen
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress and staying with her eccentric aunt.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Abawi, Atia
Call Number:
HS F Abawi
Description:

After their home in Syria is bombed, Tareq, his father, and his younger sister seek refuge, first with extended family in Raqqa, a stronghold for the militant group, Daesh, and then abroad.

Monster
Artist/Author/Cast:
Myers, Walter Dean; Myers, Christopher (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP F Myers
Description:

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.

Nowhere Boy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Marsh, Katherine
Call Number:
YP F Marsh
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and thirteen-year-old Max, an American boy, are bound by a secret that sets them on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Outsiders
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hinton, S. E.
Call Number:
HS F Hinton
Description:

Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents' death, as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society in which they find themselves "outsiders."

Piecing Me Together
Artist/Author/Cast:
Watson, Renée
Call Number:
HS F Watson
Description:

Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

Pumpkinheads
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rowell, Rainbow; Hicks, Faith Erin (Illustrator)
Call Number:
GN F Rowell
Description:

Working at a pumpkin patch every autumn, two seasonal best friends organize ultimate Halloween plans to celebrate their last working year together.

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