Best Teen Books About Real Problems
Good teen books about real problems dealt with today
301 The Wayward Gifted: Broken ...
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301 Supernatural Hero
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4.76 of 5 stars 4.76 avg rating — 102 ratings
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303 Destroying Avalon
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 548 ratings
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304 Lucky
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 62,686 ratings
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305 Snitch
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,847 ratings
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306 Breathless
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,793 ratings
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307 A Mango-Shaped Space
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 11,497 ratings
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307 Like Water for Chocolate
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 220,439 ratings
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309 Lisa, Bright and Dark
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 2,229 ratings
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310 Flawed
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 2,446 ratings
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311 Tyrell
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 2,441 ratings
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312 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 637,905 ratings
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313 Rachel's Tears: The Spiritu...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 2,036 ratings
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313 Between Shades of Gray
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 42,150 ratings
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315 Behind the Hood (Behind the...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 192 ratings
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316 The Dirty Truth
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 67 ratings
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317 New Moon (Twilight, #2)
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 925,888 ratings
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318 Stay
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 7,419 ratings
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319 Flirtin' With the Monster: ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,058 ratings
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320 How to Ruin a Summer Vacati...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 6,505 ratings
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320 Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 864,382 ratings
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322 Waiting For You
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 15,097 ratings
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323 Plain Truth
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 103,862 ratings
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324 Dream Smashers
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 160 ratings
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324 Torn
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 423 ratings
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324 All My Life (First Things, #1)
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 965 ratings
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324 Once Upon a Road Trip
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 195 ratings
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324 Nik Nassa & the Mark of Des...
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4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 14 ratings
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329 Jacob Have I Loved
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 18,013 ratings
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329 Give a Boy a Gun
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,749 ratings
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331 Red Tears
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 369 ratings
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332 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,396,824 ratings
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333 The Fold
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 764 ratings
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334 Drowning Instinct
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,963 ratings
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335 Slammed (Slammed, #1)
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 98,850 ratings
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336 Whole
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 112 ratings
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337 Me Talk Pretty One Day
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 409,794 ratings
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337 Girl, Missing (Girl, Missin...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 4,357 ratings
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337 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 809,546 ratings
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340 Damaged: Natalie's Story
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 74 ratings
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341 The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5,556 ratings
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342 The Body of Christopher Cre...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,645 ratings
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343 Salem Falls
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 45,140 ratings
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343 Speechless
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 6,530 ratings
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345 Falling Fast (Flynn, #1)
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 895 ratings
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345 Fangirl
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 79,006 ratings
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347 Purge
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,398 ratings
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348 What Happens Next
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3,055 ratings
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349 Leftovers
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,995 ratings
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350 I'll Be Seeing You
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 2,634 ratings
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351 Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 2,892 ratings
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351 A Separate Peace
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 115,564 ratings
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353 Inside Out
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,041 ratings
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353 Unlovable (Port Fare, #1)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 4,417 ratings
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353 Until the End (Final Friend...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,430 ratings
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353 Almost
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 10,714 ratings
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357 Split
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 4,248 ratings
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358 Kendra
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 943 ratings
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359 Everybody Sees the Ants
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 5,322 ratings
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360 King of the Screwups
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,689 ratings
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361 Summer Sisters
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 53,378 ratings
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362 Bang!
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,195 ratings
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363 A Thousand Splendid Suns
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 528,922 ratings
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363 Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 32,382 ratings
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365 Beauty Queens
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 26,963 ratings
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366 Fat Cat
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 3,326 ratings
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367 Freefall
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,485 ratings
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367 The Summer of Skinny Dippin...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 4,674 ratings
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367 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 286,742 ratings
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370 If You Find Me
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 6,543 ratings
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371 What My Mother Doesn't Know...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 10,208 ratings
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372 Losing Faith
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 774 ratings
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372 Suicide Notes
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 7,565 ratings
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374 Black Swan Green
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 17,514 ratings
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374 Just as Long as We're Together
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 6,946 ratings
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374 The Lost Hero (The Heroes o...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 246,678 ratings
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377 Please Don't Kill the Freshman
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 726 ratings
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377 Rx
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 1,437 ratings
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379 Forged by Fire (Hazelwood H...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 4,743 ratings
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380 Rules
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 28,195 ratings
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381 Messenger (The Giver #3)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 41,910 ratings
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382 Summer Promise (Christy Mil...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,102 ratings
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383 The Blackberry Bush
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3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 212 ratings
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383 Wuthering Heights
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 639,937 ratings
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383 The Monsterjunkies: An Amer...
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383 Porcelain Keys
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 127 ratings
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383 Because I'm Disposable
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
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388 In The Storm
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 47 ratings
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388 Touching Spirit Bear (Spiri...
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390 The Vast Fields of Ordinary
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 5,305 ratings
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391 Izzy, Willy-Nilly
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 2,365 ratings
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391 The Wishing Pearl (Diamond ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 92 ratings
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391 Cutter
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 17 ratings
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394 A Midsummer Night's Dream
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 236,165 ratings
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394 Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 8,915 ratings
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396 Cruise Control
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 559 ratings
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397 Life on the Refrigerator Door
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 4,646 ratings
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398 Black Box
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,038 ratings
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398 A Summer to Die
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 3,598 ratings
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400 Rumble Fish
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1,591 books · 9,073 voters · list created March 30th, 2009 by Sarah (votes) .
Tags: teen, ya, young-adult
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message 2: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Crank, Speak, and What Happened to Cass McBride are such good books and also my favorites :]


message 3: by Jessi (new)

Jessi Rose Speak, Cut, and Thirteen Reasons Why are wonderful books! You can read them again and again without getting tires of them!


message 4: by Mandy (new)

Mandy ... All YA books deal with "real" problems. As a matter of fact, books about siblings, school, dating, divorce, ect. happen a lot more in life then a books about addicts, suicide, and eating disorders.

Don't get me wrong, I get what you mean by "real problems", but I think it should be worded differently. \


message 5: by Nataytay (new)

Nataytay For best Teen books about REAL problems I DEFINITELY think that "Speak" should be at the top of the list. Some books shouldn't be on the list though, even as an option, like the "Uglies" series and books like that since those are impossible to happen in the present.


message 6: by Guistinna (new)

Guistinna DUDE, I STARTED TO READ THIRTEEN REASONS WHY AND I STARTED TO GET KINDA WEIRDED OUT, SO I STOPPED.

SPEAK WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE, IT WAS PRETTY GOOD.


message 8: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Gibson The perks of being a wallflower is my all time favorite book!


message 9: by Kayleen (new)

Kayleen Great list.

I either have already read them or am plaining on too.

I love Speak.

You forgot White Oleander though.


message 10: by AJ (new)

AJ ive been wanting 2 read cut since 4th grade and im in the 7th grade. i wanna read it soo bad lolz


message 11: by Jess (new)

Jess Bierschied Ellen Hopkins books are beautifully written and are page turners.


message 13: by Imani ♥ ☮ (new)

 Imani ♥ ☮ so glad none of those twilight books are on this list. that whole twilight stuff is so overrated and its not what kids today worry about. vampires? werewolves? please give me a break


message 14: by Courtney (new)

Courtney I've pretty much read half this list. I recommend most of them, so get reading!


message 15: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Mandy wrote: "... All YA books deal with "real" problems. As a matter of fact, books about siblings, school, dating, divorce, ect. happen a lot more in life then a books about addicts, suicide, and eating disord..."

Deffinately agree with you


message 16: by Haania (new)

Haania N I think that I Heart You, You Haunt Meisn't really dealing with real problems,getting haunted by her dead boyfriend... not really a real life problem
I don't mean to offend anyone =)


message 17: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Who in their right mind voted for Percy Jackson? Great book yes, R'eal' problems NO!


message 18: by caitlin (new)

caitlin Nataytay wrote: "For best Teen books about REAL problems I DEFINITELY think that "Speak" should be at the top of the list. Some books shouldn't be on the list though, even as an option, like the "Uglies" series an..."

I agree. I saw the uglies adn was like...What? Why is that on there?!


message 19: by caitlin (new)

caitlin Guistinna wrote: "DUDE, I STARTED TO READ THIRTEEN REASONS WHY AND I STARTED TO GET KINDA WEIRDED OUT, SO I STOPPED.

SPEAK WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE, IT WAS PRETTY GOOD."


Are you serious??? I didnt know it was a movie!


message 20: by caitlin (new)

caitlin Jenn{WeEzEr LuVa!!!!} wrote: "Who in their right mind voted for Percy Jackson? Great book yes, R'eal' problems NO!"

I know. That shouldnt be on there. Thats fantasy. Not likely to happen...


message 21: by Mina^_^ (new)

Mina^_^ Because I Am Furniture & Wintergirls broke my heart i tried super duper hard not to cry but i did anyway cuz it shows u that some of the problems we complain about sometimes are practically nonexistent compared to some of the problems in most of these books....think about it but these are some good books BTW :D


message 22: by Henryetta (new)

Henryetta In Beastly, a self-centered boy is turned into a monster by a witch. This is a real problem amoung teens today--NOT! Who are the 21 people who voted for this book? Oh, I know! 21 people who were turned into idiots by witches!


message 23: by Haania (new)

Haania N Henryetta wrote: "In Beastly, a self-centered boy is turned into a monster by a witch. This is a real problem amoung teens today--NOT! Who are the 21 people who voted for this book? Oh, I know! 21 people who were ..."
your right!! :)
I don't know what people were thinking...


message 24: by Kaidyn (new)

Kaidyn Look like an awesome book


message 25: by Kaidyn (new)

Kaidyn :D


message 26: by Orli (new)

Orli and gossip girl is on here why? i read the entire series and theyre all totally superficial problems

love speak, 13 reasons why & the outsiders though


message 27: by Julie (new)

Julie Why is "Gossip Girl" on here? :P All superficial problems. Oh, and read "Freaky Green Eyes" by Joyce Carol Oates.. Its absolutely amazing.


message 28: by Amy Louise (new)

Amy Louise Alice in Time is a great book about divorce bullying and mistakes.


message 29: by Henryetta (new)

Henryetta After giving "Beastly" some thought, I do see a connection to teens today. There is so much emphsis on good looks, clothes, and popularity amoung teens. This book address that problem. The results is pure fantasy, but perhaps the emphsis on "outward appearance" was the connection that the voters saw. I was too fast to judge. By the way, "Beastly" has been made into a movie that will be released in March 2011. You can bring up the trailer on the internet.


message 30: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn *Prancer!* wrote: "Nataytay wrote: "For best Teen books about REAL problems I DEFINITELY think that "Speak" should be at the top of the list. Some books shouldn't be on the list though, even as an option, like the "..."
It's on there because the Uglies series may be Scifi, but it still deals with one of the most problem among teens nowadays, the overall worry about physical appearance. This then can be related to how many teens have such horrible self-esteem which leads to big problems.


message 31: by Ally (new)

Ally Hold Still by Nina LaCour, It's a must read.


message 32: by Anissa (new)

Anissa Guistinna wrote: "DUDE, I STARTED TO READ THIRTEEN REASONS WHY AND I STARTED TO GET KINDA WEIRDED OUT, SO I STOPPED.

SPEAK WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE, IT WAS PRETTY GOOD."


I don't blame you, but I finished it and it was good.


message 33: by Amy Louise (new)

Amy Louise Speak was a great book.


message 34: by Mizuki (new)

Mizuki Jessi wrote: "Speak, Cut, and Thirteen Reasons Why are wonderful books! You can read them again and again without getting tires of them!"

very true i stil cry in Thirteen Reasons Why


message 35: by Audrey 6th (new)

Audrey 6th Paulsen thirten reasons why?? JUST finished the book and it's a really good book but it makes me really think and i luv it.


message 36: by Brenda (new)

Brenda i think Gemma by Meg Tilly is a book that you should include in the list! by the way nice list ^_^


message 37: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn Go Ask Alice? Have you even READ that book? It is a pile of crock! There is nothing in it that is accurate or discusses real teen problems, including the fact that the entire thing is a *lie*.


message 38: by Shainia (new)

Shainia Carrillo Henryetta wrote: "In Beastly, a self-centered boy is turned into a monster by a witch. This is a real problem amoung teens today--NOT! Who are the 21 people who voted for this book? Oh, I know! 21 people who were ..."

It's about a real problem symbolically because It's about a boy finding out life isn't about being beautiful on the outside but what's inside is what counts. :) And if you find a person who loves not just for your looks, but your personality, they are the one.


message 39: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Willow after and speak changed my life completely. i absolutely loved them they are now and forever my favorite books :)


message 40: by Danielle (new)

Danielle thirteen reasons why made me cry uncontrollably. i would recommend it to anyone and everyone


message 41: by Whitney (new)

Whitney By Time you read this i'll be dead made be sob! it is
my all time favorite book ever!!!!


message 42: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan My favorites are Speak, Cut, Uglies, and Specials


message 43: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan My favorites are Speak, Cut, Uglies, and Specials


message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah "Return of the Skeleton Man"? Seriously? Am I the only teenager who doesn't have problems with strange old skeleton creatures chasing me and kidnapping my parents?


message 45: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Meaghan wrote: "My favorites are Speak, Cut, Uglies, and Specials"

lol that is a lil odd to be on there....


message 46: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte LOL I love how Uglies is #12 and it's a sci-fi book. And After by Amy Efaw, cuz all teenagers throw their babies in the dumpster. . . Along with others. *slaps-forehead*


message 47: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Charlotte wrote: ".... After by Amy Efaw, cuz all teenagers throw their babies in the dumpster. . . Along with others. *slaps-forehead*"

I guess it depends on how you define "real"- "real" as in "extremely difficult/serious" or "real" as in "common". Efaw's book definitely falls into the former, not the latter :)


message 48: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Sarah wrote: "Charlotte wrote: ".... After by Amy Efaw, cuz all teenagers throw their babies in the dumpster. . . Along with others. *slaps-forehead*"

I guess it depends on how you define "real"- "real" as in "..."


That's true. :) The sci-fi books on here are pretty funny though. Although then again, they're all dealing with personal problems within the books so I can see why. .


message 49: by Anna (new)

Anna Speak has been made into a movie and it's rated PG-13. I read this whole book within a couple days. It was great except for the creep and the brief rape part.


message 50: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey Warr Nataytay wrote: "For best Teen books about REAL problems I DEFINITELY think that "Speak" should be at the top of the list. Some books shouldn't be on the list though, even as an option, like the "Uglies" series an..."

Uglies did deal with the presssure to accept yourself and not give in to society's pressure blindly without questioning it.


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