What are the best YA realistic fiction novels for girls?

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    #1Speak

    Speak

    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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    #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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    Jessica Hamilton
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is good because this story is about a girl in school and the issues kids can face in high school "
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    #3The Truth About Forever

    The Truth About Forever
    The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen tells the story of a young girl named Macy who is grieving for her father's loss. Things happen unexpectedly when she meets an artistic and talented boy named Wes. 
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    Christopher Garza
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is most definitely the epitome of realistic and feminist fiction for young adult girls. It dramatizes the main objects of their focus -- jobs in daily life and boys, and tells the story of one girl whose summer is affected by these huge conundrums. It's a great read for anyone looking for that, and is definitely a great fit among the genre. "
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    #4The 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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    #5North of Beautiful

    North of Beautiful

    North of Beautiful is a romance novel written by Justina Chen Headley that tells the story of Terra. She is beautiful, famous, and everything a girl wants to be, but she is not happy because she feels manipulated by her fame.

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    Helen Jia
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "North of Beautiful was a present from one of my book buddies he didn't tell me anything about it, but the guy usually has great taste in books. I can definitely say that I wouldn't have picked this up if it hadn't been for him....but boy, am I glad I did! This book was fantastic! The writing was so perfect, I just enjoyed how the story was told, I could not stop reading this book. The words were addicting. The characters were so well developed. And it’s such a thought provoking topic. Beauty. You can’t get much more complex, so many times authors get it wrong, but this story totally blew me away. "
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    #6The 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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    Teresa Burton
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Fault in Our Stars was one of the first books a teen told me about when I babysat her and her little sister. She had read it 10 times and said she had cried every time. I had read it once after that and thought it was a realistic look at a cancer patient that was a young adult. "
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    #7What Happened to Goodbye

    What Happened to Goodbye

    What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen is a young-adult novel about McLean's life as she struggles with the divorce of her parents. She and her Dad have been moving to different towns to escape the past until she meets Dave.

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    Margaret George
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Great book for anyone going through a divorce in the family."
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    #8Dreamland

    Dreamland
    Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is published in 2000. This young adult novel tells the story of Caitlin who forgets everything whenever she is with Rogerson. Caitlin is stuck in a quite unreal semiconscious dreamland.
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    #9Along for the Ride

    Along for the Ride
    Along for the Ride is one of Sarah Dessen's romance novels, centered on Auden and her fateful meeting with Eli, a fellow insomniac. With the two enjoying most of their time together at night, it's going to be a long ride.
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    Stephen Elliott
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a good novel and one for females but not necessarily for girls in my opinion. This is more directed at grown women than young adults, but it could really go either way. I would recommend other books instead of this one."
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    #10Just 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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    Kai Long
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book deals with some serious themes. I felt they handled it all well. The story really spoke to me. I felt that the book was very relateable."
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    #11Someone Like You

    Someone Like You
    Splitted in three parts, this book narrates the stories of two friends, Halley and Scarlett, and all their tragic adventures: unexpected pregnancy, death of boyfriends, traumatic break-ups, complicated upbringings... 
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    Brian Walsh
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Someone Like You follows the story of Halley, who has always admired her best friend, Scarlett. Life events puts a strain on their friendship and really tests the bond they have. It's a great fiction story for young readers to enjoy and thoroughly embraces the importance of friendship. I recommend checking this out for a good read."
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    #12Caleb and Kit

    Caleb and Kit
    Caleb and Kit is a realistic fiction for children written by Beth Vrabel. Originally published by Running Press Kids in 2017, it focuses on the story of Caleb who has cystic fibrosis and his friend Kit.
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    Mildred Cole
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "We homeschool and I love good quality realistic fiction to assign for school. This one is heartbreaking, but has some really good lessons in it as well. "
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    #13The Shadow Catcher

    The Shadow Catcher

    The Shadow Catcher is a historical fiction novel written by Marianne Wiggins. This historical fiction novel was published on June 5, 2007 by Simon & Schuster.

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    Eric Anderson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book, well written and very interesting to read. It is a historical fiction that was referred to me by a friend and It did not disappoint me at all. I kept turning page by page because it was fun to read."
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    #14What Happens Next

    What Happens Next

    What Happens Next is a young adult contemporary romance fiction novel written by Colleen Clayton. This realistic fiction book is first published in 2012 by Poppy (Little Brown Books for Young Readers). 

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    Emily Fu
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The story itself is something that teenage and pre-teen girls may relate to: the feeling of "what happened?" and "will I ever get over this?" "What's wrong with me?" "Did I deserve this?" But otherwise, the characters and situations are somewhat unrealistic and out of touch. It's painful for an adult to read, and doesn't come across as intelligent or educated. I would prefer my children to read thoughtful, deep novels when addressing such serious subjects as rape."
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    #15Where the Streets Had a Name

    Where the Streets Had a Name
    Where the Streets Had a Name is a contemporary realistic fiction book for young adults that is authored by Randa Abdel-Fattah, published Pan Macmillan on January 1, 2008. It follows the story of Hayaat and her beloved Sitti Zeynab.
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    Elaine Sun
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Very interesting young adult book I think. It's set in Jerusalem, and is good for younger tweens or girls. Easy reading and some important lessons inside."
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    #16Ballads of Suburbia

    Ballads of Suburbia

    Ballads of Suburbia is a standalone young adult realistic fiction novel written by Stephanie Kuehnert. This book is first published by MTV Books on July 15, 2009.

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    Ajay Dasgupta
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book was something I remember reading after a friend suggested I borrow it from her. I wasn't sure what to think about "Ballads of Suburbia" when I began the journey. It covers a lot of realistic topics that people may face from depression to pregnancy. I wanted to like it more than I did but it had a lot of musical references that broke up the flow for me. Others may find it more appealing. It's not the worst thing I ever read so I have no regrets."
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    #17Mia in the Mix (Cupcake Diaries)

    Mia in the Mix (Cupcake Diaries)
    Mia in the Mix (Cupcake Diaries) is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon. First published in 2011 by Simon Spotlight, Mia in the Mix is the second of thirty books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.
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    Andrew Robinson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Cupcake diaries sounds like a fun series of books teenage adult girl would love to read, comparable to many other books of that format. And what teenager doesn't love cupcakes? I know I did when I that age. I remember being that age and getting lost for hours in reading. "
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    #18Emma on Thin Icing (Cupcake Diaries)

    Emma on Thin Icing (Cupcake Diaries)

    Emma on Thin Icing (Cupcake Diaries) is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon and Elizabeth Doyle Carey. First published in 2011 by Simon Spotlight, Emma on Thin Icing is the third of thirty books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Joyce Johnston
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is such a fun book for young girls. Emma on Thin Icing reminds me of the books of my childhood: The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley high. It's a series that really relates to a young girl. It's a great read for girls looking at finding a fictional life, but in a realistic way. It has lots of drama and young girls will fall in love with it."
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    #19Alexis and the Missing Ingredient (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis and the Missing Ingredient (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis and the Missing Ingredient is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon and Elizabeth Doyle Carey. First published in 2013 by Simon Spotlight, Alexis and the Missing Ingredient is the 16th of 30 books in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Ofelia Cázares
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I love the Cupcake Diaries - this series reminds me of The Baby Sitter's Club. Even though I'm an adult with kids of my own, this young adult series is one guilty pleasure of mine. This book, in particular, was a good one in helping young girls realize that just because you might have a group of friends, or one or two good friends, it doesn't hurt to have multiple friends, and conversely, let the friends have their moments together. "
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    #20Gingersnaps

    Gingersnaps

    Gingersnaps is a young adult fiction novel written by Cathy Cassidy and it was first published in 2008 by Puffin Books. This book tells the story of a red-haired girl named Ginger and how she gained friends by losing weight.

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    Gregory Boyd
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is great, I read it when I was younger and when I came across it again at my parents place I had to borrow it. I gave the book to my daughter, she found it funny though and that it was ok and different. I wouldn't totally say it's the best realistic fiction for girls though."
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    #21Alexis the Icing on the Cupcake (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis the Icing on the Cupcake (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis: The Icing on the Cupcake is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon and Elizabeth Doyle Carey. First published in 2014, Alexis: The Icing on the Cupcake is the 20th of 30 books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    #22Mia's Recipe for Disaster (Cupcake Diaries)

    Mia's Recipe for Disaster (Cupcake Diaries)

    Mia's Recipe for Disaster is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon and Tracey West. First published in 2011 by Simon Spotlight, Mia's Recipe for Disaster is the 22nd book in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Austin Perez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I bought the book "Mia's Recipe for Disaster (Cupcake Diaries)" ad a birthday present for a friend of mine, and I'm confident he's gonna enjoy reading it. The book is a realistic fiction part of the Cupcake Diaries series, so I might keep picking other books from this series for him."
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    #23Alexis's Cupcake Cupid (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis's Cupcake Cupid (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis's Cupcake Cupid is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon, Elizabeth Doyle Carey. First published in 2015 by Simon Spotlight, Alexis's Cupcake Cupid is the 24th of 30 books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Craig Daniels
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "nice"
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    #24Alexis and the Perfect Recipe (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis and the Perfect Recipe (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis and the Perfect Recipe is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon and Elizabeth Doyle Carey. First published in 2011, Alexis and the Perfect Recipe is the fourth of thirty books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Jack Brooks
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Again while this series might be a fantastic novel for girls, the solution gives me absolutely no information about the characters in the book or the story line."
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    #25Alexis Cool as a Cupcake (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis Cool as a Cupcake (Cupcake Diaries)

    Alexis Cool as a Cupcake is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon and Elizabeth Doyle Carey. First published in 2012 by Simon Spotlight, Alexis Cool as a Cupcake is the eighth of thirty books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Kathryn Rice
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Tween girls will love this book! It has something for everyone, for different personalities, that I'm sure every girl will see a bit of herself reflected, if not a lot. The characters are totally engaging and the story draws you in. Just the right thing for that young girl in your life."
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    #26Katie and the Cupcake War (Cupcake Diaries)

    Katie and the Cupcake War (Cupcake Diaries)

    Katie and the Cupcake War is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon. First published in 2012 by Simon Spotlight, Katie and the Cupcake War is the ninth of thirty books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Eugene Freeman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I'm not fond of the solution, mainly because it's been reviewed just 33 times. I believe there's a more dependable solution out there."
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    #27Katie Sprinkled Secrets (Cupcake Diaries)

    Katie Sprinkled Secrets (Cupcake Diaries)

    Katie Sprinkled Secrets is a realistic fiction written by Coco Simon. First published in 2015 by Simon Spotlight, Katie Sprinkled Secrets is the 25th of 30 books included in the Cupcake Diaries series.

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    Doris Holmes
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is really a great choice for young girls in middle and high school in teaching life values. It helps them understand how secrets can not only be hurtful, but harmful to others. But, I don't quite think it is a perfect fit for the audience of realistic fiction for young adults, as it is better for a younger age group. "
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    #28Boy vs. Girl

    Boy vs. Girl
    Boy vs. Girl is a young-adult fiction written by Na'ima B. Robert. First published in 2011, Boy vs. Girl focuses on the story of the twins Farhana and Faraz.
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Summary

Best What are the best YA realistic fiction novels for girls
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SpeakBooks 27 Paid
2Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 25 Paid
3The Truth About ForeverBooks 22 Paid
4The Last SongBooks 21 Paid
5North of BeautifulBooks 20 Paid
6The Fault in Our StarsBooks 19 Paid
7What Happened to GoodbyeBooks 18 Paid
8DreamlandBooks 17 Paid
9Along for the RideBooks 15 Paid
10Just ListenBooks 14 Paid
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