We all know how it feels not to fit in at some point in our lives. How we handle the difficulties which arise makes all the difference in the outcome. If you like realistic fiction that's been made into a movie, check out Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. This novel was adapted into a screenplay and released as a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald with music by Dolly Parton. Meet Willowdean ('Dumplin'), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, and see what happens when she signs up for her mom's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.
Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly Devos embraces the issues of plus-size females and places the main character into the world of fashion. Similar to Willowdean, Cookie Vonn is a senior in high school with post-graduation dreams that include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer.
Another look at pageant life is shown in Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg. Lexi feels like the footnote in life. Her mother is spending all the family's savings on her sister's beauty pageant "career" -- and her sister is only seven years old. Lexi feels the need to prove to herself and everybody else that she is more than just the girl best friend, the girl who guys never think of kissing, the girl with "the great personality."
In Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John comes the perspective of a girl with a disability that won’t hold her back as she figures out how she could manage her high school’s best rock band. Piper is determined to show her classmates that just because she's hearing impaired doesn't mean she's invisible and she has a lot to offer.
Finally, Freak Show by James St. James addresses high school issues from the perspective of Billy Bloom, a gay teenager who is trying to navigate his way through a new school after moving to Florida. Billy's efforts to fit in and stand out at the same time are both hilarious and heartrending.