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Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
TEEN ALI
Janna Yusuf, the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
TEEN CALETTI
Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.
American Panda by Gloria Chao
TEEN CHAO
MIT freshman Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but she soon finds that she cannot keep secrets hidden from her parents if she wants to truly be herself.
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
ROM TEEN CHOI
A chance encounter leads Penny and Sam to become each other's emergency contacts and they soon find themselves falling in love digitally, without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
TEEN COLBERT
Returning home to Los Angeles from boarding school, Suzette grapples with her bisexuality when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
TEEN DANFORTH
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
The Prodigy: A Novel by John Feinstein
TEEN FEINSTEIN
Seventeen-year-old golf prodigy Frank seems ready to blaze his way into Masters Tournament history, but his college plans are jeopardized by his father's sponsorship plans that threatens to ruin Frank's amateur status.
You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
TEEN GARDNER
When Julia gets kicked out of the Kingston School for the Deaf for putting up an illegal mural, she is moved to a mainstream school where she starts putting up more art, but she finds someone is showing off their skills by addingto her tags.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
TEEN LACOUR
After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
ROM TEEN LIPPINCOTT
Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety.
I, Claudia by Mary McCoy
TEEN MCCOY
Over the course of her high school years, awkward Claudia McCarthy finds herself unwittingly drawn into the dark side of her school's student government, with dire consequences.
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
TEEN REED
Three misfit girls come together to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew and in the process start a movement that transforms the lives of everyone around them
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
TEEN RIBAY
When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.
The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues
TEEN RODRIGUES
With girlfriend Erika, a full-scholarship to college, and a busy life with his tribe of close friends, high school senior Marco Suarez holds tightly to his carefully choreographed life, until Sally, his first kiss, moves back to Miami.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
TEEN SANCHEZ
When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal, Kimberly Jones
TEEN SEGAL
Told from two viewpoints, Atlanta high school seniors Lena and Campbell, one black, one white, must rely on each other to survive after a football rivalry escalates into a riot.
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
TEEN WATSON
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, Jade would rather participate in the school's Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl
TEEN YOUNGDAHL
Follows an electric romance between Scarlett and David, two overachievers enjoying the summer before they leave for college.