Realistic Fiction

Renée Watson
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls. Grades 7-12.
Kwame Alexander
Prequel to Crossover. In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past. Grades 6-12.
Whitney Gardner
Friends are a liability. Julia learns this the hard way when she covers up a slur about her best friend with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural, sprayed right across the gymnasium wall of the Kingston School for the deaf. But then her (supposed) best friend snitches, her principal expels her, and her moms set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's outcast as the only deaf student. Here, Julia finds herself dragged into a graffiti war, and she must risk arrest and expulsion to go toe to toe with her rival...or face losing the only piece of her identity that still makes sense. Grades 8-12.
Morgan Matson
When seventeen-year-old Charlie Grant's four older siblings reunite for a wedding, she is determined they will have a perfect weekend before the family home is sold, but last-minute disasters abound. Grades 9-12.
Becky Albertalli
(Sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) With prom and graduation around the corner, senior Leah Burke struggles when her group of friends start fighting. Grades 9-12.
Julie Murphy
(Dumplin', #2) When circumstances bring together two very different girls Millie and Callie over the course of a semester at fat camp, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined. Grades 9-12
Gloria Chao
A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths--that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy. Grades 9-12
Brigid Kemmerer
When Rev Fletcher and Emma Blue meet, they both long to share secrets, his of being abused by his birth father, hers of her parents' failing marriage and an online troll who truly frightens her. Grades 9-12
Laurie Halse Anderson
This graphic version of the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel details the devastating effect a traumatic event near the end of the summer has on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Grades 7-12
Becky Albertalli
When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he's been emailing compromised. Grades 8-12.
Leah Konen
Noah is a hopeless romantic. He's traveling home for one last chance with his first love and he needs a miracle to win her back. Amy doesn't believe in true love--just look at her parents. If there's one thing she's learned about love in the last year, it's that it ends.  Grades 9-12.  
E. Lockhart
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life. Grades 9-12.