Top Realistic Teen Fiction

What would you put on your own top realistic fiction list?

While my novel What I Meant… has popped up in a number of Listmania lists on, I never really thought about how those lists were formed.  You’ve probably seen them on the bottom of a book’s listing on that site.  Well, I finally realized that anyone with an account there can create their own Listmania list and share it with others.  And so, of course, I had to create my own.

My Top Realistic Teen Fiction includes books by Sarah Dessen (one of my all-time favorite authors), John Green (who I just discovered this summer), Justina Chen Headley and Jenny Han.  But I know I’m forgetting some other greats. Hm.

If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.  Nothing like having a new stack of amazing books to read and review.  So let me know what your favs are.  We’ll save the paranormal and fantasy reads for another day, another list…

If you’d like to see all the recommendations on my Listmania list, you can check it out by clicking here.

2 thoughts on “Top Realistic Teen Fiction

  1. I really loved Sioban Vivian’s “Same Difference”. I totally could see my 17 year old self in that book, very realistic look at teen angst and growing up the summer before senior year of high school.

  2. One of my recent favorites is “How to Say Goodbye in Robot,” by Natalie Standiford. It features a boy/girl friendship rather than romance, which is unique and different for YA fiction, and the secondary cast of characters are the lonely, quirky people who call into a late-night 50s style radio show (which the boy turns the girl onto). It’s really different from any other teen book I’ve read, but in a good way.

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