Best Realistic Books for Young Adults

By The Reading Room CLE

By The Reading Room CLE

Submitted by Andreja Marsic, Marketing Intern for Reading Room CLE, Summer 2019. Andreja is a student at Hiram College, graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing in August 2019.

 

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A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

$15.99 $14.71

This book was very inspiring. One of the main characters, Jamie Sullivan, is the minister’s daughter, and helps with the school’s production of The Christmas Angel. Landon is forced to participate in the production. Jamie, who Landon frequently made fun of, helps him with his lines. After seeing each other more and more, the two fall in love. Lesson learned: You should never judge someone by their outer appearances.

Th1rteen R3asons Why: 10th Anniversary Edition

Jay Asher

$18.99 $17.47

This book explains the concept, “Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” It shows that you should always be kind to each person you come across because you never know what is going on in their personal lives.

Before I Die

Jenny Downham

$10.99 $10.11

Tessa is diagnosed with terminal lymphoblastic leukemia and comes up with a list of things to do before she dies. This really made me think: If you really want to do something, you should go ahead and do it; you may have less time than you believe.

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

$12.99 $11.95

This book was very touching. A 16-year-old girl is diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Her parents force her to join a support group where she meets the love of her life. Takeaway: Don’t give up on your dreams, because great things will happen when you least expect them to.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Ann Brashares

$9.99 $9.19

This book is about a group of four girls who acquire a pair of jeans. The girls are all of different shapes and sizes. They magically fit all of them perfectly. Many people are self-conscious about their body types, but this author teaches the reader that “beautiful comes in many different shapes and sizes.”