The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Jude Hernandez spends her summer caring for her father who has early onset Alzheimer’s. When she finds his old motorcycle in the garage, they decide to hire someone to repair it. They hire Emilio Vargas, a boy Jude swore an oath to avoid. Even though she develops feelings for Emilio, her father’s fast deterioration overshadows everything. This book is an emotional read about love and loss.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
When track star, Jessica, loses her leg in a terrible bus accident, she feels like her future is over. But, as she begins to cope with the trauma of losing her leg and learning how to walk with a new prosthetic leg, a friendship develops between Jessica and Rosa, a girl with cerebral palsy.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
16-year-old Hazel has terminal cancer and is clinically depresses. Her doctor sends her to a weekly support group, where she meets Augusts Waters. While the two are fall in love and realize they are kindred spirits, they have to face tough life questions like: How will I be remembered? Does my life have meaning?
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
Living in Washington D.C. during the sniper shootings of 2002 makes life even more intense for Craig and Lio. Not only do they have to deal with the violence going on in the city, but they are also dealing with their new relationship, Craig’s broken family and his brother’s death.
Heart to Heart by Lurlene McDaniel
BFFs Kassey and Elowyn have been inseparable since seventh grade. But, when Elowyn is killed in a car accident, her death brings new life to Arabeth, who has been given Elowyn’s heart for transplant. Kassey begins to notice that Arabeth has some of Elowyn’s personality. Is there such a thing as “cellular memory” for organ transplantation?
Dead to You by Lisa McMann
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was 7-years-old. After being raised by an unloving woman, moved to an orphanage and living on the streets, now at 16-years-old, he finds a photo of himself on a website for missing children. He returns to his family and tries to start over, even though he has no memory of his childhood. Is he really who he thinks he is? Is he really this missing child?
Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
Eighth-grader, Brent Runyon, doesn’t believe that he can do anything right and comes home one day, douses his bathrobe in gasoline, puts it on and lights himself on fire. He gets third-degree burns over 85% of his body and now has go through intensive physical and mental recovery.
By The Time You Read This, I'll be Dead by Julie Ann Peters
Daelyn Rice has always been bullied and has attempted to commit suicide several times. But now she’s determined to end her life. She discovers the website “Through-the Light” which is a site for “completers.” Will she go through with it or will something or someone help Daelyn?
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Jane Arrowood decides to go for a swim one day and her life is changed forever: her arm is bitten by a shark and has to be amputated. Written in a collection of free verse, letters, telephone conversations and newspaper clippings, this is an engaging and honest read.
Empty by Suzanne Weyn
In a not-so-distant future, the world is running out of oil and global warming is creating havoc everywhere. In this gloomy end of the world novel, the teen characters try to survive in the world around them.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
At the end of their junior year, Valerie’s boyfriend, Nick, opens fire on their school cafeteria. She’s shocked and tries to stop him. But, the police implicate her in the shooting after they find the Hate List that she helped Nick create. A year later, Valerie is a senior and must face the tragedy and the role she played in it.
Everything seems fine of the surface for identical twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne, but the sisters are hiding dark secrets. While their mother is always away, their father sexually abuses Kaeleigh and ignores Raeanne. Both girls deal with their life in traumatic ways and makes for a gritty and not always comfortable read.