Best Teen Books About Real Problems

Good teen books about real problems dealt with today
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2,570 books · 12,595 voters · list created March 31st, 2009 by Sarah (votes) .
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message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

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 Jessica (new)

Jessica 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 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 15: by haania (new)

haania 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 16: by Jenn (new)

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


message 17: by caitlin (new)

caitlin wrege 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 18: by caitlin (new)

caitlin wrege 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 19: by caitlin (new)

caitlin wrege 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: by haania (new)

haania 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 23: by Kaidyn (new)

Kaidyn Look like an awesome book


message 24: by Kaidyn (new)

Kaidyn :D


message 25: 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 26: by Juliet Fevang (new)

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


message 27: by Louise (new)

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


message 28: 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 29: by [deleted user] (new)

*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 30: by Ally (new)

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


message 31: 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 32: by Louise (new)

Louise Speak was a great book.


message 33: 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 34: 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 35: 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 36: 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 37: 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 38: 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 39: by Danielle (new)

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


message 40: 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 41: by Meaghan (new)

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


message 42: by Meaghan (new)

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


message 43: 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 44: 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 45: 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 46: 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 47: 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 48: 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 49: 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.


message 50: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey Warr Sarah wrote: ""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?"

What are you talking about? That happens to me all the time! ;)


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