What are the best young adult realistic fiction novels?

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    #1Looking 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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    Danielle Carpenter
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is an absolutely great novel for young adults! John Green is such an amazing author. This book is very realistic and will keep you reading for more. "
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    #2Fangirl

    Fangirl

    Fangirl is Rainbow Rowell's novel narrating the life of Cath, an avid Simon Snow fan who was struggling to let go of her fandom but had to learn to grow up and face the harsh realities of her adolescent life.

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    Gloria Hicks
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "My daughter read this book but really didn't care for it. In fact, she only read half of it before putting it down for something else. So I'd say it's not something I would recommend."
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    #3The 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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    Ronald Santos
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book is amazing - as a person that has experience with cancer in my family, it was shocking to see just how much I can relate to the characters in this story. With well-placed plot twists and interesting story lines, this book is a classic for young adults."
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    #4Identical

    Identical

    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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    #5Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins tells the story of Anna, a high school student in Atlanta who is about to embark on her senior year. She has a great best friend, a cool job, and a budding romance when suddenly her father sends her to boarding school in Paris, where she meets Étienne. He is almost perfect but taken... What will happen? Will she find love in Paris and have a true French kiss, or will she go back to her Atlanta sweetheart? 

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    #6Along 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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    Kathleen Fields
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Sarah Dessen is one of the best writers for young adult novels and I have no doubt that this one could be the best!"
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    #7The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    #8Forever

    Forever

    Forever is a book by Judy Blume. It tells the story of Katherine, a young woman who gives herself to her first man and feels it's going to be forever, but when she is separated from him in the summer, she starts having feelings for someone else. This makes the reader ask the question: is there a difference between first love and true love?

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    #9The 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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    Justin Pena
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I saw the movie first, it was great. The book was even better. Everyone should read this book. We can all relate to this masterpiece. "
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    #10Perfect

    Perfect
    A pretty and enjoyable game that needs more content. In this game you only need to sit, relax and meditate. Literally.
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    Catherine He
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Perfect is a great game for when you want to relax. It's good for when you don't want to sit around and solve puzzles. It is extremely realistic looking, however it is not really a young adult novel like I was looking for. As a relaxing game, I rate it highly. But, this can also be a con. It doesn't have much content, so you can get bored quickly. "
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    #11Crank

    Crank
    Crank is a young adult novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. Drawing from her own experiences with her daughter, Crank tells the story of Kristina, a girl with an addiction to crystal meth. 
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    #12Hate List

    Hate List
    Hate List is a young adult novel by Jennifer Brown about Valerie Leftman, who helped her boyfriend create a list of people they hated, a list that her boyfriend later used when he was choosing people to shoot at in school.
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    Eugene Reid
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Well give Jennifer Brown credit for tackling a tough subject, School Shootings. Hate List is her novel recounting a young girls struggle after she was kind of implicated in a school shooting by helping the shooter make a "hate list." It's a difficult read because of the subject matter and the travails of Valerie (the protagonist). But also it's not a particularly well-crafted story. I'll give credit where it's due, Ms. Brown has wrestled with a weighty subject from a unique perspective, perhaps that is enough to keep you going. "
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    #13Impulse

    Impulse

    Impulse is a young adult fiction novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. This is the first novel in the Impulse series, and it was first published in 2007.

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    Lauren Griffin
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Ellen Hopkins writes great novels and this one is no exception. The unique writing style pulls you in and helps you feel the chaos of the characters and their stories. I'd suggest this book to teens and adults."
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    #14Paper Towns

    Paper Towns
    Paper Towns is a book by JohnGreen that tells a story about Margo and Quentin. Margo is famous in their university but her friends betrayed her so she asked for Quentin's help to prank them, but the next day she's gone missing.
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    Albert Hicks
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The best young adult realistic fiction novel is Paper Towns by John Green. Quentin helps his friend Margo to get revenge on some of her friends for a prank but at the end of the night Margo goes missing and it is up to Quentin to solve her disappearance for someone he realizes he has feelings for."
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    #15Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a young-adult fiction novel by John Green and David Levithan that tells the story of two teens who have the same name - Will Grayson. This collaborative novel is a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.
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    Christina Carroll
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Will Grayson is the unlikely story of two strangers with the same name meeting and coming to conclusions of what they are looking for in life. While the core plot line is unrealistic, it's a nice story of how a person with your same name is struggling with different issues, but y'all can help each other out in unexpected ways!"
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    #16Thirteen 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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    Benjamin Richards
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I read this book shortly after the first season came out on netflixs. My fiancee and I got real into it as it has a ton of different elements and drama. Wonderful insight to growing up in high school and elements to teen life."
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    #17Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a romance novel originally published in 2012. This book won the Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013 and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book in 2014.

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    Rachel Ramirez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was shopping for the best young adult realistic fiction novels and came across this product. It's absolutely wonderful and exactly what I was looking for!"
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    #18The 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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    Terry Coleman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A very well written novel! An excellent book that tackles subjects much deeper than most young adult novels these days. Although very gloomy, there is a real connection formed between the reader and Liesel, as well as the rest of the story and characters. I would recommend this for adults too, not just young adults."
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    #19Speak

    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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    Victoria Arenas
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is a very realistic look at life in high school. It touches ont he everyday things sthat make life so hard for teens, and I think that a lot of young people will find it reassuring and identify with it. I would recommend it for my kids."
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    #20Alexis'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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    William Peters
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Its an interesting solution. I am confused why the person would go into detail about the fact that is the "24th out of 30" books yet not give a single word explanation about what the novel is about. I would prefer you talk about the characters if you are telling me this is the BEST young adult novel"
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    #21Canyons

    Canyons

    Canyons is a young adult historical mystery fiction novel written by Gary Paulsen. This realistic fiction book is first published in 1990 by Laurel Leaf Library.

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    Antonio Solano
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I had to get my nephew something for his birthday, and I found that Canyons was a really good read for him. He really likes it."
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    #22What 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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    Ethan Pena
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "What happens next is a young adult contemporary romance novel that will surely captivate any young adult interested in the subject "
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    #23The Garbage King

    The Garbage King

    The Garbage King is a standalone young adult realistic fiction novel by Elizabeth Laird which is inspired by the true to life story of an African child.

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    Jorge Luis Gálvez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Garbage King is a story about kids surviving on the streets in Africa. It is gripping and realistic, with characters that you will root for the whole way. The story is fast paced and hard to put down. It is about camaraderie and perseverance, and should appeal to a wide audience. I enjoyed reading the book."
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    #24Shrinking Violet

    Shrinking Violet
    Shrinking Violet is a standalone young adult contemporary novel written by Danielle Joseph. This is published by MTV Books on May 5, 2009. This is the inspiration of the Disny Channel original movie Radio Rebel. 
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    Maria Garrett
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Cute, but definitely oriented towards children and younger teens. The morals are pretty fine and the story's decently contemporary, but I got the feeling it was done by someone who didn't really like YA and didn't have a unique lesson to bring to YA. The realism is handled well, but is just a little boring. But, for what it is, great."
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    #25Boy 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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    Joseph Perry
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A coming of age story based in reality. No Hunger Games, puzzles, or vampires. Finally a young adult novel that young adults can actually relate to!"
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    #26Ballads 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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    Paul Curtis
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I read most of the books my oldest son reads. I recommend this book to anyone with teenagers. This book touches on a lot of issues that many of us steer away from."
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    #27Mia 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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    Christina Rivera
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Mia in the Mix is a great book for young girls who love fashion. The Cupcake Diaries is a fun series, and this is the second book in the series. After reading, there is a fun recipe for cupcakes too! I think it's a perfect book for a 10 year old or up. It's funny, and a wonderful book for those that love cupcakes."
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    #28Emma 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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    Mildred Graham
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "While Emma on Thin Icing is a great book for tween age girls, it doesn't fit for those looking for a book for young adults, which is usually marketed towards late teens and early twenties."
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    #29Summerlost

    Summerlost

    Summerlost is a standalone young adult novel written by Ally Condie which follows the life of Ceder after her little brother Ben and father were killed in an automobile accident.

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    Mary Russell
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This novel is a great Summer read for YAs who will soon be out of school and are looking for good books. It takes the very difficult subject of losing a parent (which might be a secret fear in the minds of many YA readers), and spins a tale of mystery and intruge around how our main character, Ceder, deals with the loss of her father and younger brother. The book will put you in touch with very real emotions and keep you entertained at the same time. "
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    #30Band Geeked Out (Band Geek)

    Band Geeked Out (Band Geek)

    Band Geeked Out is the second book in the young adult realistic fiction series Band Geek written by Josie Bloss which is about 18-year-old Ellie Snow who wants to attend Covington college. 

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    Austin Guerrero
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Well, the truth is I don't really know what I want. My plan was to attend State, close to my family, friends, and (slightly clingy) boyfriend and become a high school band director like I always dreamed. But when I visited your campus, I liked everything about it―especially Alex, the cool girl who showed me around. So now I have to decide: stick with what I know? Or go to a school far away with zero marching bands . . . but one Alex and tons of new possibilities"
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    #31Alexis 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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    #32Alexis 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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    Lawrence Price
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I bought the book "Alexis the Icing on the Cupcake (Cupcake Diaries)" for a friend of mine, and I'm really happy that she enjoyed reading it. The book is part of a series of 30, so now I know well what I can give to my friend as a present for any occasion ^_^"
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    #33Mia'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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    Judy Reyes
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I wasn't a fan of this book. Sorry was unrealistic and the characters were not developed well. "
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    #34If You Find Me

    If You Find Me

    If You Find Me is a standalone young adult realistic fiction novel written by Emily Murdoch which centers on 15-year-old Carey trying to find out the truth why her mother abducted her 10 years ago. 

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    Ao Shi
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "If you find me is listed as a fiction novel but it could very well be a true story. It follows the story of Emily whos mother was abducted years ago and she wants to learn the truth about what happened. The story is interesting and worth your time!"
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    #35Alexis 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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    Christopher May
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I saw a friend of mine reading this book and I asked to borrow it. I really enjoyed reading the book. I finished it so quickly because it was very interesting."
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    #36Code Orange

    Code Orange

    Code Orange is a standalone young adult realistic fiction novel written by Caroline B. Cooney which follows the life of Mitty Blake after he becomes engrossed in a project on infectious diseases.

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    Keith Black
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Code Orange is a solid young adult novel that features realistic scenarios. Blake's obsession with his research teaches us to preserve and strive for the goal. Everyone should give it a read."
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    #37Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga)

    Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga)

    Brian's Winter is a young adult adventure fiction and the third book in Brian's Saga written by Gary Paulsen. It is first published in 1996 by Laurel Leaf. 

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    Maricela Alonso
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is an awesome book for young teens. It is very well written. The story made it hard to put the book down."
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    #38Alexis 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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    Thomas Roberts
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I'm not fond of the solution, mainly because it's been reviewed just 23 times. I believe there's a more dependable solution out there."
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    #39Katie 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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    Helen Salazar
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Katie and the Cupcake War is a great book of realistic fiction for young girls and tweens, but I don't really think it's an ideal book for young adults. This book centers on the dramas that young girls often experience in middle school and high school, but doesn't exactly fit in a young adult's life events. It's is great for girls that experience the pain of a friend's betrayal, in helping them cope and learn. But, I believe wouldn't hold the attention of a young adult, as it's not for that audience in my opinion."
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    #40Katie 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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    Jerry Guerrero
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you have a kid, they'll probably like this book. But it wasn't for me. Too young."
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    #41Caleb 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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    Zhou Zhu
    Written on May 9, 2018
    " Caleb and Kit was a very emotional read. I am glad I gave this a chance and would read twice if the opportunity presented itself. Suitable for young adults and grown ups. This novel was beautiful !"

Summary

Best What are the best young adult realistic fiction novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Looking for AlaskaBooks 41 Paid
2FangirlBooks 39 Paid
3The Fault in Our StarsBooks 36 Paid
4IdenticalBooks 34 Paid
5Anna and the French KissBooks 34 Paid
6Along for the RideBooks 30 Paid
7The Catcher in the RyeBooks 29 Paid
8ForeverBooks 27 Paid
9The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 25 Paid
10PerfectGames 21 Paid
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