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12 Things to do before You Crash and BurnProimos, JamesSixteen-year-old James "Hercules" Martino completes twelve tasks while spending two weeks in Baltimore with his Uncle Anthony, and gains insights into himself, his uncle, and his recently deceased father, a self-help author and daytime talk show host who was beloved by the public but a terrible father.F Proimos, J.grief, hi-low, easy read, fathers,201
Absolute Value of -1, TheBrezenoffFour teenagers relate their experiences as they try to cope with problems in school and at home by smoking, drinking, using drugs, and running track.F Brezenoffcancer, death and dying, friendship, drug use,2010
Abundance of Katherines, AnGreen, JohnHaving been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.F Green, J.romance, friendship, road trip2006
AfterEfaw, AmyIn complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.F Efaw, A.teen pregnancy, infanticide, sports2009
After the MomentFreymann-Weyr, GarretWhen seventeen-year-old Leigh changes high schools his senior year to help his stepsister, he finds himself falling in love with her emotional disturbed friend, although he is still attached to a girl back home. relationships, date rape, anorexia2009
Angry ManagementCrutcher, ChrisA collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher F Crutcher, C.anger managements, short stories, novellas2009
Anything but TypicalBaskin, Nora RaleighJason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.F Baskin, N.autism, disabilities, hi-low, easy read2009
Boot CampStrasser, Todd"In the middle of the night Garrett is kidnapped from his home to Harmony Lake, a disciplinary boot camp for troubled teens. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett is abused almost to his breaking point. He won't be allowed leave until he admits his "mistakes" and conform completely ... whether he's guilty or not. Then Garrett hears whispers of an escape plot --incredibly risk-- if he's caught, the consequences will be unthinkable --but it may be his only way out."--P. [4] of cover.F Strasser, T.juvenile delinquents, family problems2008
BreathlessWarman, JessicaAt boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother.F Warman, J.swimming, boarding school, mental illness, family problems, peer pressure, swimming2009
Call the ShotsCalame, DonCoop is cooking up another sure-misfire scheme (big surprise), and this time the comedy plays out from Sean's point of view. What's the new master plan? Making a cheapo horror movie guaranteed to make Coop, Sean, and Matt filthy rich! It's a terrible idea, and Sean knows it. But he actually is desperate for cash -- and for a way to wipe that big fat L off his girlfriend-less forehead. But when he agrees to write a script about the attack of zombie-vampire humanzees, he has no idea just how powerful a chick magnet this movie will be. Suddenly Sean is juggling not one but three interested ladies. Will any of them wind up as Sean's true leading lady? Will Sean stop being a doormat and finally start calling the shots? boys, best friends, film making, romance 2012
Cardturner, TheSachar, LouisWhen his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative.F Sachar, L.romance, bridge, family problems, secrets2010
Dirty Little SecretsOmololu, C. J.When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother's compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media. grief, family problems, hoarding2010
Downside of Being Charlie, TheTorres Sanchez, Jenny"Charlie is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called "Chunks" Grisner. What's worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can't figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there's his mom. She's disappeared -- again -- and his dad won't talk about it. Somewhere between the madness, Charlie can at least find comfort in his one and only talent that just might get him out of this life-sucking place. But will he be able to hold his head above water in the meantime?"-- Provided by publisher. school, family problems, boys2012
EndgameGarden, NancyFifteen-year-old Gray Wilton, bullied at school and ridiculed by an unfeeling father for preferring drums to hunting, goes on a shooting rampage at his high school.F Gardenschool violence, bullying, child abuse, 2006
Every Little Thing in the Worldde Gramont, NinaBefore she can decide what do about her newly discovered pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Sydney is punished for "borrowing" a car and shipped out, along with best friend Natalia, to a wilderness camp for the next six weeks.F Gramontpregnancy, abortion, racism, wilderness, family problems, divorce. 2010
ExposureMarcus, KimberlyHigh school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz's older brother of a terrible crime.F Marcusrape, guilt, friendship, school, novel in verse2011
FangirlRowell, RainbowCath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father. F Rowell, R.fan fiction, fathers and daughters, coming of age, college students, college freshmen, writers, sisters, twins2013
FitzCochrane, MickFifteen-year-old Fitz kidnaps the father he has never known, taking him from his St. Paul apartment building at gunpoint, in an attempt to address his bewildering mix of resentment and yearning. fathers and sons, kidnapping2012
Five Flavors of DumbJohn, AntonyEighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.F John, A.music, rock bands, deafness2010
Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockQuick, MatthewA day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.F Quick, M.suicide, teen suicide, sexual abuse2013
Girl StolenHenry, A.When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.F Henry, A.blindness, kidnapping, carjacking, 2010
Going BovineBray, LibbaIn an attempt to find a cure after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen-year-old boy, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital.F Brayfantasy, mad cow disease2009
Hold StillLaCour, NinaIngrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed.F LeCour, N.grief, teen suicide, friendship, 2009
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I Will Save YouDe la Pena, MattKidd, unhappy with his life in a group home and job at the beach, learns lessons about identity, love, and friendship through his relationships with Olivia, a rich girl from Cardiff, and Devon, a mysterious teen driven by a death wish.emotional problems, mental illness, schizophrenia2010
Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating DisorderShivack, NadiaIn this book the author gives readers a harrowing look inside her battle with anorexia and bulimia through pictures and captions.616.8526 SHIgraphic book/comic book style, eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia2007
Jumping Off SwingsKnowles, JoTells, from four points of view, the ramifications of a pregnancy resulting from a "one-time thing" between Ellie, who feels loved when boys touch her, and Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life. teen pregnancy2009
Last Night I Sang to the MonsterSaenz, Benjamin AlireEighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.F Saenz, B.therapy, alcoholism, emotional problems, family problems2009
Last Night I Sang to the MonsterSaenz, Benjamin AlireEighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.F Saenz, B.drug addiction, alcoholism, family problems, self-esteem2009
Last Summer of the Death Warriors, TheStork, Francisco XSeventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.F Stork, F.revenge, cancer, death and dying, orphans, religion2010
Leaving ParadiseElkeles, SimoneIn alternating chapters, seventeen-year-olds Caleb and Maggie relate the difficulties of readjusting to school, and changing relationships with family, friends, and one another, a year after a drunk driving accident sent her to the hospital with a crippling leg injury and him to prison.F Elkeles, S.high school, family secrets, accidents2007
Lessons from a Dead GirlKnowles, JoAfter her former friend Leah dies in an automobile accident, Laine remembers their troubled relationship, dating back to elementary school when Leah convinced Laine to "practice" in the closet with her, and Leah controlled her every thought. emotional problems, guilt, sexual abuse, friendship2007
Lucy Variations, TheZarr, sara"Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place."-- Provided by publisher.F Zarrmusic, pianists, family life, brothers and sisters, ability, goals2013
Marcelo in the Real WorldStork, Francisco XMarcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mail room of a corporate law firm.F Stork, F.asperger's syndrome, romance, law firm, lawyers2009
Mockingbirds, The Whitney, DaisyWhen Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds. F Whitneydate rape2010
My Book of Life by AngelLeavitt, Martine"16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught."-- Provided by publisher. F Leavittteen prostitution, drugs, child abuse2012
Once was LostZarr, SaraAs the tragedy of a missing girl enfolds in her small town, fifteen-year-old Samara, who feels emotionally abandoned by her parents, begins to question her faith.F Zarr, S.family problems, missing children, faith, religion2009
Once was LostZarr, SaraAs the tragedy of a missing girl enfolds in her small town, fifteen-year-old Samara, who feels emotionally abandoned by her parents, begins to question her faith.F Zarr, S.religion, kidnapping, alcoholism, faith2009
Perfect EscapeBrown, JenniferSeventeen-year-old Kendra, living in the shadow of her brother's obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes a life-changing road trip with him. OCD, obsessive-complusive disorder, briothers and sisters, family problems,road trip, cheating2013
QuakingErskine, KathrynFourteen-year-old Matt, abused by her father, has spent years being shuffled around to relatives, and has worked had to make herself invisible, but her life hanges when she moves in with a Quaker couple who make her feel safe, and who Matt feels compelled to stand up for whne their anti-war sentiments and peace vigils come under attack in their Pennsylvania town.F Erskine, K.war protest, Quakers, violence, child abuse2007
Reality BoyKing, A. S."An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell"-- Provided by publisher. reality TV, dating, fame, emotionally disturbed children, family problems2013
Recovery RoadNelson, BlakeWhile she is in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse, seventeen-year-old Maddie meets Stewart, who is also in treatment, and they begin a relationship, which they try to maintain after they both get out. (Life in the rehab center is bad; it's even worse when she has to go back and face school.)F Melson, B.drug rehabilitation, friendship, alcoholism, emotional problems2011
Saint IggyGoing, K. L.Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.F Going, K.drug abuse, family problems, poverty2008
SlamHornby, NickAt the age of fifteen, Sam Jones' girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes dramatically.F Hornby, N.skateboarding, teen pregnancy, Tony Hawk, teen parenting, time travel2008
Small as an ElephantJacobson, Jennifer RichardAbandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.F Jacobson, J.metal illness, family problems, survival, adventure, abandonment2011
SmokeHopkins, EllenAfter the death of her abusive father and loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn runs away, desperately seeking peace, as her younger sister, a sophomore in high school, also tries to put the pieces of her life back together. grief, emotional problems, sisters, runaways, Mormons, (sequel to Burned)2013
Someday This Pain Might be Useful to YouCameron, PeterEighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.With its "Off-balance marriage of the comedic and deeply painful, its sympathetic embrace of its characters and its hard-won hope, this smart and elegantly written novel merits a wide readership." (PW)F Cameron, P.family problems, humor, college life, depression, psychotherapy2007
SplitAvasthi, SwatiA teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse. "How does a guy have a 'normal' relationship after growing up watching his mother regularly being kicked, punched, and worse?" (Richie's Picks)F Avasthi, S.child abuse, runaways, partner abuse, Chicago2010
Story of a GirlZarr, SaraIn the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness. teen sexuality, family problems, 2007
Street PharmVan Diepen, AllisonTy Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop's business at sixteen, Ty's developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game's in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you're on top. But one slip - or one serious competitor - and life turns ugly fast -- Suddenly, Ty's got to rethink his whole strategy. And for the #1 dealer on the streets, strategy is not just about staying ahead. It's about survival.F Van Diependrug dealing, crime, New York2006
Teenage WaistlandBiederman, Lynn and Lisa PazerIn their separate voices, three morbidly obese New York City teens relate their experiences participating in a clinical trial testing lap-band surgery for teenagers, which involves a year of weekly meetings and learning to live healthier lives.F Biedeman, L.obesity, family problems, clinical trials2010
This Girl is DifferentJohnson, J. J.Having always been home schooled by her counter-culture mother, Evie has decided to spend her senior at the local public high school, an experience that challenges her preconceptions about friendship, boundaries, and power.F Johnson, J.home schooling, friendship, outsiders,2011
This Song will Save Your LifweSales, LeilaNearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey. suicide, music, popularity, high school2013
TwistedAnderson, Laurie HalseAfter finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.F Anderson, L.vandalism, cyberbullying, sexting, dating,2007
TyrellBooth, CoeFifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.F Booth, C.homelessness, poverty, 2006
Uses for BoysScheidt, Erica LorraineAnna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, it was just the two of them against the world. But now her mom's gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, the next stepfather. Anna gets used to being alone, until she discovers that she can make boys her family, from Desmond to Joey to Todd. But filling the void comes at a price. girls, mothers and daughters, fatherless families, promiscuity2012
What Happened to Cass McBride?Giles, GailAfter his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.F Gilesrevenge, suicide, crime2006
What Happens NextClayton, ColleenThe stress of hiding a horrific incident that she can neither remember nor completely forget leads sixteen-year-old Cassidy "Sid" Murphy to become alienated from her friends, obsess about weight loss, and draw close to Corey "The Living Stoner" Livingston.F Clayton, C.emotional problems,. eating disorders, date rape, family life, schools2012
What I Saw and How I LiedBlundell, Judyn 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever. family problems, lies, relationships2008
Winds of Heaven, TheClarke, JudithClementine and her cousin Fan both grow up in 1950s Australia but have very different lives, Clementine coming from a stable, city family and Fan from a broken, country home, and their destinies are also strikingly divergent. (Powerlessness of children to control even the most basic elements of their lives.)F Clarke, J.Australia, child abuse, privilege, teen marriage, teen motherhood, 2010
WintergirlsAnderson, Laurie HalseEighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.F Anderson, L.grief, eating disorders, identity, self-esteem, anorexia, bulimia2009
WonderlandNadin, JoannaSixteen-year-old Jude hopes to finally become who she wants to be, away from tiny Churchtown and the father who cannot get over her mother's death, by joining a prestigious drama program in London until Stella, her wild childhood friend, returns and causes Jude to wonder if she really wants to be the center of attention, after all.F Nadin, J.grief, best friends, theater, family problems2011
KendraBooth, CoeHigh schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.
family problems, African Americans, teen girls, mothers and daughter, teen pregnancy, teen motherhood2008770 L
TrinketsSmith, TrinketsWhen three Lake Oswego High School girls from different social groups, good-girl Elodie, popular Tabitha, and tough Moe, meet in a rehabilitation group, they discover they have much more in common than shoplifting. shoplifting, rehabilitation, conduct of life, high schools, family problems2013920 L
Charm & StrangeKuehn, StephanieA lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying. psychological abuse, mental illness, sexual abuse, sex crimes2013? may be good for READ 180
This is How I Find HerPolsky, SaraHigh school senior Sophie has always had the burden of taking crae of her mother, who has bipolar disorder, but after her mother's hospitalization she must learn to cope with estranged family and figure out her own life--provided by publishermanic-depressive illness, mental illness, bipolar disorder, mothers and daughters, family problems, high schools2013920 L
Cameron and the GirlsAverett, EdwardA boy suffering from Schizophreniform disorder falls into a love triangle with a girl in his junior high class--and a girl in his head. schizophrenia, mental illness, love2013? may be good for READ 180
Dare MeDevine, Eric2013
Exit, Pursued by a BearJohnston, E. K.At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.F Johnstonrape, cheerleading, social isolation2016
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