Best Young Adult Realistic Novels

This is a list for Young Adult novels that are realistic. That means no paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, or any other genre of the like can be added to this list. Thank you for voting. :)
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 16 ratings
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1,832 books · 10,778 voters · list created January 16th, 2011 by Lora (votes) .
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message 63: by [deleted user] (new)

Looking for Alaska appears to be listed twice, once on page 1 and again about page 2 at number 103. I nearly voted for it again.


message 62: by Juna (new)

Juna Nolem this is such a great list. I just started with anna and the french kiss, finished it and it was absolutely great. I am now reading before I fall, and I guess I'll have to follow through this list. Great! <3


message 61: by Liliana (new)

Liliana Saquicela Isn't 'The Host' sci-fi? And 'The Hunger Games' dystopian?....these shouldn't be on this book list since its only YA realistic novels....just sayin :/


message 60: by Lora (new)

Lora Liliana wrote: "Isn't 'The Host' sci-fi? And 'The Hunger Games' dystopian?....these shouldn't be on this book list since its only YA realistic novels....just sayin :/"

Liliana, thank you for pointing those out. I deleted them from the list.

For some reason, people seem to vote for their favorite books on whatever list they run into first here on GR. Whether it's the correct genre for the list they're voting on or not.


message 59: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I've read a lot of books on this list and can't wait to look at the ones I've never seen.


message 58: by Jazmin (new)

Jazmin this is really a great list. i've read many of these books and loved them!


message 57: by Shacoria (new)

Shacoria This is why I hate these listopia things on goodreads. There are always books that clearly don't belong on the list. I know everyone loves hunger games(I love hunger games), but it's not realistic. There are no hunger games in the real world. Stop trying to put books on lists just because you like them. Only add them if they fit the description.


message 56: by Kyra (new)

Kyra This list deffinatley needs to be adjusted, unfortunately I agree with the above comments stating that alot of the books are completely unrealistic including but not limited to: Evermore, Hunger Games, The Host,and Eragon.


message 55: by Jo (new)

Jo this really is a great list


message 54: by ked (new)

ked siraj this deffinatly great list


message 53: by Avery (new)

Avery I don't know if before I Fall belongs on the list. Yes, it takes place in our world and I would call it realistic fiction, except for the fact that most of the plot is about a girl reliving her death day over and over again, which is science fiction.


message 52: by Miharu (new)

Miharu Rokujou why is "If I Stay" on here? lol that book is about as realistic as twilight. its not even good. i dont know why it's so high up there on the list. im assuming all the toddlers who voted for it forgot this is a category for REALISTIC young adult books.


message 51: by Christina (new)

Christina Wilder Sam wrote: "Why is 'Fifty Shades of Grey' on this list?"

I'm hoping it was a troll, because of someone honestly thinks it belongs in this category, s/he is insane.


message 50: by Brittnie (new)

Brittnie I was also going yo ask about the" Fifty Shades Of Grey" series being on here. They clearly aren't YA and if they were, they wouldn't be considered realistic by most.


message 49: by Ceecee (new)

Ceecee Not sure if historical books can be included? The Book Thief isn't set in the present time but it is realistic and awesome so I'll vote for it anyway. :D


message 48: by Jeanie (new)

Jeanie Weber Liliana wrote: "Isn't 'The Host' sci-fi? And 'The Hunger Games' dystopian?....these shouldn't be on this book list since its only YA realistic novels....just sayin :/"

They mean the voice and struggles of the teen protagonist is realistic.


message 47: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Took off the following paranormals/SF/fantasy:

Evermore
Fracture
Deadly Little Secret
Loch
Vampire Academy
Winter Rose
Shiver
The Twilight Saga
Linger
Forever
The Last Prophet
The Amityville Horror
Breaking Dawn
Betrayed
Twilight

Took off the following not YA books:
Gabriel's Rapture (erotica)
Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle


message 46: by Loveliest (new)

Loveliest Evaris I LOVE Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I'm not a real YA fan because to me the whole "teen relationship" thing is a hard sell form me, since I think "oh they'll break up. They don't really know what love is." And I stand by that idea, because I myself don't love anyone. It's fleeting and superficial, like most teens' love is. They confuse comfort and safety with true love, it's really just "philia".


message 45: by Lora (last edited Jan 30, 2013 11:57AM) (new)

Lora Debbie wrote: "Took off the following paranormals/SF/fantasy:

Evermore
Fracture
Deadly Little Secret
Loch
Vampire Academy
Winter Rose
Shiver
The Twilight Saga
Linger
Forever
The Last Prophet
The Amityville Horro..."


Debbie, thank you so much. Since creating this list two years ago, I have made several changes and tried to keep it up, but is hard when people keep adding books that shouldn't be on here, and I simply can't check it every day of my life. So thanks again for helping. :)

Rahmat wrote: "Thanks so much this is the first list I've started on GR. I will also like to thank everyone for adding books to this list."

Rahmat, if you're taking credit for creating this list, you better redact that. I, Lora, clearly created this list back in January of 2011, as is listed above the people who've voted on this list.


message 44: by Rahmat (new)

Rahmat Lora wrote: "Debbie wrote: "Took off the following paranormals/SF/fantasy:

Evermore
Fracture
Deadly Little Secret
Loch
Vampire Academy
Winter Rose
Shiver
The Twilight Saga
Linger
Forever
The Last Prophet
The A..."


Sorry for that I was talking of another list.


message 43: by Lynne (last edited Mar 21, 2013 05:45PM) (new)

Lynne Lowe This is a really great list, but I'm surprised not to find The Diary of Anne Frank. That's definitely a classic.


message 42: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Lynne wrote: "This is a really great list, but I'm surprised not to find The Diary of Anne Frank. That's definitely a classic."

Probably because that's not a novel.


message 41: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Jazzy, list out numbers and titles and I'll clean up the list tonight.


message 40: by Kinley (new)

Kinley Gates If anything beautiful distaster is my favorite book lol and after that taking chances will put you to tears I was drowning in em!'


message 39: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Cisewski I am really interested in this list, it looks great!!!!


message 38: by K.A. (new)

K.A. Coleman I am so incredibly honored that people voted my book on this list, and I'm also incredibly excited to read some of the other books. Realistic YA is one of my favorite genres.


message 37: by Gabby (new)

Gabby Vampire Academy and The Host are not realistic.


message 36: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Gone.

Also removed the following:
Queen of Babble and sequels (Not YA)
The Notebook (not YA)
Journey to the River Sea (historical fantasy)
The Lovely Bones (not realistic)
Graceling (fantasy)
Shatter Me (SF)
The Godfather (not YA)


message 35: by I3books (new)

I3books I totally LOVE this list, especially glad I discovered Simone Elkeles because of it.


message 34: by Lora (new)

Lora Did some cleaning up.

Deleted:
Less Than Zero (adult)
The Help (with some teen characters, but still adult)
On Dublin Street (adult - bordering on erotica)
Night Star (YA paranormal)
Room (told from a five-year-old's POV, but definitely adult)
The Lovely Bones (not really realistic and not really YA)
Infinite Days (YA paranormal)
A Time to Kill (adult mystery)

As the creator of this list, I want to thank all GR users who've helped clean up this list; it is much appreciated, since I cannot keep tabs on it 24/7.

There are still several books from Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks that are technically adult and therefore shouldn't be on this list, but they seem to be popular books to add, so I won't delete them at present. However, if someone else feels they should be deleted and wishs to take the liberty, be my guest.

As far as the "new adult" genre that everyone is going on about, I am not yet sure whether it should be on this list or not. They are books aimed at 17+ (I think?), but there content really isn't all that appropriate for younger readers IMO. There are several New Adult titles on this list now, however, so for now I'll not be deleting them, either. If anyone else deems them unfit for the list, please feel free to delete them yourself. Thank you.

- Lora


message 33: by Ielasan (new)

Ielasan Liliana wrote: "Isn't 'The Host' sci-fi? And 'The Hunger Games' dystopian?....these shouldn't be on this book list since its only YA realistic novels....just sayin :/"

yeah, they shouldn't. the host is dystopian too...


message 32: by Gabby (last edited Jul 08, 2013 06:45AM) (new)

Gabby Lora wrote: "Did some cleaning up.

Deleted:
Less Than Zero (adult)
The Help (with some teen characters, but still adult)
On Dublin Street (adult - bordering on erotica)
Night Star (YA paranormal)
Room (told fr..."


I think everyone is turning a "once YA book" Into a New adult book anyway. So it's hard to keep track. I say leave them unless there are a LOT of adult themes in them.


message 31: by Khristian (new)

Khristian Nicole ferb I know what we're gonna do today


message 30: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I'm fairly sure Starters is more sci fi than realistic YA fiction.


message 29: by Carolina (new)

Carolina I love this list! I've read some of them.


message 28: by Mel (new)

Mel If I Stay (Gayle Forman) isn't totally realistic.


message 27: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Bourrillion Ditto on please remove "Before I Fall" and "If I Stay." I think they're great books, but not for this list.


message 26: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Bourrillion (I think we can take the supernatural element of "The Book Thief" as just literary device, though...)


message 25: by Franziska (last edited Mar 27, 2014 11:00AM) (new)

Franziska I have deleted some books:


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Fallen by Lauren Kate

But I don't think I have found all Fantasy, SF and erotica.


message 24: by Inna (new)

Inna Divergent (#113) definitely should be out of this list - there's nothing realistic about it. Same goes about Flowers in the Attic (#130) Whoever has a power to delete those - please do! :-)


message 23: by Henryetta (last edited Jul 20, 2014 11:57AM) (new)

Henryetta I noticed several books that should be deleted. Fallen #244, Short 2nd Life of Bree Tanner #771, Divergent #459, Grapes of Wrath (not YA)#703. It is unbelievable so many people do not read instructions or just don't care.


message 22: by Joshua (new)

Joshua I love Anna and the French Kiss, but "Realistic"? hardly.


message 21: by Richard (new)

Richard LOTR and The Hobbit are realistic fiction?


message 20: by Vriddhi (new)

Vriddhi  Vinay The Fault in our Stars isn't realistic.


message 19: by Jason (last edited Jul 07, 2014 09:32AM) (new)

Jason I've read 25 of the T27.

Highlights: Tier 1 - Just Listen, Along for the Ride, The Truth About Forever
Tier 2 - Before I Fall, Speak, Will Grayson


message 18: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis I completely understand the need to create a list not dominated by paranormal romance, vampire fiction, Fifty
Shades, etc. Unfortunately, by creating the "realistic" limitation, all of Vonnegut, anything by Orson Scott Card or Tolkien, Watership Down, Flowers for Algernon and a number of other really strong YA books are also excluded. This is a shame, because there is a type of kid out there--usually brainy and male, but not always--who won't read anything else. They're tearing the classroom apart till you put Douglas Adams in their hands and say, "Just read this," and suddenly they're happy.


message 17: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Moon Almost died of laughter that TFIOS is on this list. I love the book, but seriously.


message 16: by Henryetta (last edited Jul 20, 2014 11:56AM) (new)

Henryetta TFIOS = The Fault in Our Stars. Took me a minute to figure this out. This book may not be completely realistic, but it comes closer than dystopian books and vampire fiction. I believe it follows the description of the books for this list. see below

"This is a list for Young Adult novels that are realistic. That means no paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, or any other genre of the like can be added to this list. Thank you for voting. :)"


message 15: by Vân (last edited Jul 24, 2014 12:59AM) (new)

Vân Lê good list anybody knows where is a list like this for comtemporary books?


message 14: by Mel (new)

Mel What Really Happened in Peru (Clare, C.)
The Scorch Trials (Dashner, J.)
The Kill Order (Dashner, J.)
The Lost Hero (Riordan, R.)
The Son of Neptune (Riordan, R.)
The House of Hades (Riordan, R.)
Hush, Hush (Fitzpatrick, B.)
Killer (Shephard, S.) Or all the Pretty Little Liars series aren't realistic.
The One (Cass, K.)

aren't realistic :-)


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