What are the best novels about real life issues for teens?

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    #1The Last Song

    The Last Song
    The Last Song is a drama and coming-of-age novel for young adults written by New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. It was released in 2009. It is about a teen girl trying to reconnect with her estranged father.

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    Thomas Holland
    Written on May 1, 2018
    ""The Last Song" is a book that's potentially a bit underwhelming but beautiful nonetheless. The book details the separation of parents and the impact it has on their kids. The story then changes its focus to focus on a teen girl who desperately wants to reconnect with her father. The father at this point in his life wants to remake himself, despite suffering from illness. The main character wants to reconnect with her father and won't stop until she has gotten there. Overall, an enjoyable novel depicting the struggles of a young teenager trying to reconnect with her father. "
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    #2Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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    Mark Walters
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "A really interesting concept of a difficult topic. The story and way it's told grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. For entertainment purposes you are glued to the page and can't wait to see how the story unfolds. "
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    #3The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, is a New York Times Bestselling romantic novel by Kody Keplinger. The novel-turned-movie was published by Poppy on September 7th, 2010.

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    Madison Elliott
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "good solution"
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    #4Easy (Contours of the Heart)

    Easy (Contours of the Heart)

    Easy is the first novel in the Contours of the Heart series. It tells the struggle of a girl who is recovering from a breakup, learning to fight back against an attacker, and accepting the love she gets from a secretive boy.


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    Joan Kennedy
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This might be a bit too adult for teens but inner strength is important for people of all ages. Learning to let someone comfort you is hard to do."
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    Identical is a young adult fiction book written by Ellen Hopkins. This book was originally published in 2008. It narrates the story of Kaeleigh and Raeanne who are twins.


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    Brian James
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "It does seem to be a story about young people who are twins"
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    #6Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.


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    Jacqueline Miller
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This novel broke my heart as a kid when I read it in school. It's a lovely book about two teenagers becoming friends and helping each other. This is an absolute must-read for anyone that loves these kinds of novels."
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    Cut is a  young adult and realistic fiction novel written by Patrick McCormick. It was published February 1, 2002 by PUSH. It closely follows the struggle of a person with mental challenges.

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    Philip Gardner
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "As the title suggest, this is about a teen who has mental issues and resorts to cutting. It can be heart wrenching and maybe a bit overwhelming, but if you stick with it, this can hopefully help someone or someone you know deal with their issues and get help."
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    #8Just Listen

    Just Listen
    Just Listen is a book by It tells the story of Annabel from a girl who has everything to a girl who has nothing. Her best friend dumped her, and her sister is anorexic. She feels unwanted. Her life starts to change when she meets a tall, dark and music lover Owen Armstrong.

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    Kathleen Vasquez
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Such a great book! A mystery and a coming of age story. Gripping, entertaining and so different from the normal fiction churned out. Any lady can relate. "
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    Burned is the first book in the Burned series written by Ellen Hopkins. This young adult fiction verse book was originally published in 2006. This book is about the troubles that the main character gets herself into.

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    Lauren Tran
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Book ends in a depressing way, that point blank does not mirror reality in any way. Makes for hopelessness as some kind of teaching lesson. Just depressing and hopeless. Not a good book for teens. Not even really good for adults. "
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    #10If I Stay

    If I Stay
    If I Stay is a young adult fiction book by Gayle Forman that tells the story of Mia, who was the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Critically injured, Mia must decide whether to stay and live or follow her family.

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    Bryan Hanson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I get bored at work and wanted something new to read. My friend told me to read If I Stay. It was a good young adult book. It helped me kill a few days of down time at work. I am glad my friend suggested it."
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    #11It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is published in 2007. In 2010, it was adapted into a film with the same title. It tells the story of a suicidal teenage guy who gets into a mental hospital wherein he learns stories of other people.


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    Stephen Burke
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A book I really enjoyed as a teenager and found quite relateable was It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. The book is great, and years later I still like rereading it."
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    An anorexic Lia Overbrook harms herself after finding out that her best friend Cassie died of bulimia. She blames herself for not being with Cassie during the time she needed her the most and the idea to live becomes even more difficult for her.


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    Arthur Nelson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Growing up in America, struggles with self-identity were prevalent. My wife struggled with these sort of issues and reading this book together allowed us to bond and communicate about new experiences. Connecting with my wife over this book has been such an incredible experience. "
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    #13Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 

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    Amber Mendoza
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is the first and only book that I had to read for a class that I was willing to read a second time on my own a few years later. This is such a great book! As a teenager or young adult this needs to be a priority to read this no matter what kind of books you are into. Definitely an eye opener and helped give me a different outlook on life in the here and now."
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    #14The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Justin Carroll
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "One of the best novels that focus on the real life issues for teens. The Fault in Our Stars is quite an attractive and fulfilling novel that make my kids and I look at how a few teenagers who are cancer patients choose to spend their lives and the choices they make. The characters are well written and will leave a pain in your heart. This book will absolutely hook you in. I would highly recommend in reading this novel."
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    Speak is the multi-award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a harrowing young adult story about rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, and isolation in teens. It was published in 1999 and was adapted to film in 2004.


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    Alice Evans
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Good read for students and teenagers. Compelling issues handled well."
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    #16The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Susan Patel
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Yes this is a great book that revolves around on real life issues with teens. Charlie is a freshman in high school and he's not popular. Charlie is very shy. In today's world, being a teen is hard and he faces issues that a lot of teens face such making friends, having a relationship etc. "
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    #17The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    George Silva
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "With a heart full to overflowing and eyes quite moist, I finish this novel of a young waif of a girl in Hitler’s Germany whose body, soul, and spirit ought never have survived her furnace of affliction. Yet survive she does, grittily and even poetically, with the aid of a good friend, a tender father, a Jewish refugee in the basement, a mother whose harshness runs only skin keep, and a traumatized mayor’s wife who loves to have her books stolen."


Best What are the best novels about real life issues for teens
1The Last SongBooks 42 Paid
2Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 38 Paid
3The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendBooks 34 Paid
4Easy (Contours of the Heart)Books 30 Paid
5IdenticalBooks 25 Paid
6Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 24 Paid
7CutBooks 22 Paid
8Just ListenBooks 20 Paid
9BurnedBooks 17 Paid
10If I StayBooks 16 Paid

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