The Real Deal
Novels about teenagers just like you
coping with problems such as depression, eating disorders,
drinking, abuse, dating violence, and suicide.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls. New York: Viking Press, 2009.
Lia, a recovering anorexic, has just found out that her best friend Cassie, a bulimic, died alone in a motel room. Now Lia must cope with Cassie’s death and the guilt that she might have been able to prevent it. These feelings bring on a full relapse of Lia’s anorexia.
Aronson, Sarah. Head Case. New York: Roaring Book Press, 2007.
Frank is a seventeen year old quadriplegic. He drove drunk on the way home from a party, killing two people and becoming paralyzed from the neck down. He must learn to function everyday as a paralyzed person.
Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. New York: Razorbill, 2007.
Clay Jensen received a package in the mail with no return address with cassette tapes and on the tapes is the voice of a girl he had a crush on; who committed suicide just a few weeks ago. Listening to the tapes, he finds out thirteen reasons why she committed suicide.
Johnson, Varian. My Life As A Rhombus. Woodbury, Minn: Flux, 2007.
Rhonda believes the events of her past are behind her, until she starts tutoring Sarah and finds out she is pregnant. She has sworn off boys until she meets David, Sarah’s brother. Now, Rhonda has to deal with Sarah’s pregnancy, boys in the “cool” crowd, and her dad while trying to figure out how to deal with herself.
Kasischke, Laura. Feathered. New York: HarperTeen, 2008.
Michelle and Anne have been friends since they were babies. A trip to Cancun, Mexico and the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza will change their lives forever. Michelle is lost spending 10 months in the Yucatan jungle while Anne is left contemplating the decision she made that put both of them at risk.
Werlin, Nancy. The Rules of Survival. New York: Speak, 2006.
The Rules of Survival is a letter from Matthew to his younger sister, Emmy. It recounts their childhood living with an abusive, unpredictable, and mentally ill mother. Matthew’s terror and despair are palpable as he comes to realize the adults in his life cannot protect him. However, we learn the adults in his life do have power and will cause a drastic change in his and sister’s situation. But at what price?
Zarr, Sara. Story of a Girl. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2007
When Deanna was thirteen, she became involved with seventeen-year-old Tommy. One day, her father catches Tommy and Deanna at the local make-out spot in town, and then Tommy starts spreading rumors about her. Nearly three years later, people still call her awful names. How can Deanna get rid of the reputation that follows her?
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