These YA realistic fiction books are all contemporary novels. They all include romance, but romantic relationships are not the only focus in all the books.
With more free time lately, I’ve been able to read a lot more books. There are so many good books I’ve found, but these are a few of my current favorites.
Also, even though these are young adult books that center around teenagers, people that are older can still enjoy them!
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Ways to Read
I normally can check out books from my local library and buy cheap books from garage sales and thrift stores. Because that is difficult right now, here are a few other ways you can read and listen to books right now:
Besides checking out physical books, many libraries offer digital borrows.
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YA Realistic Fiction Books to Read
This list includes both light-hearted novels and stories that deal with big issues. I’ve provided trigger warnings for books that deal with more serious topics.
All the books on this list are intended for high schoolers and older. I would not necessarily recommend these books for middle schoolers (especially those that deal with tougher issues).
#1 — Tweet Cute
By Emma Lord
Much like the title states, this book is so cute! The banter between Jack and Pepper is a lot of fun to read. There were a lot of parts of this book that made me laugh.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted read with lots of cute moments, then I definitely recommend checking this book out! It’s also very current with its use of social media.
#2 — Eliza and Her Monsters
By Francesca Zappia
Trigger warnings: talks about suicide
Although this story deals with a lot of tough topics, there are still so many fun parts to this book. It’s really interesting because the main character writes and draws her own web comic. I also feel that the author did a good job of portraying anxiety.
If you’re looking to read a story with more depth to it, this book is awesome!
#3 — Tell Me Three Things
By Julie Buxbaum
While not as emotional as Eliza and Her Monsters, this story still deals with some tough issues. Jessie (the main character) deals with bullying and grief. There is a definite balance between sad parts and cute parts in this book. I really enjoyed the relationship between Jessie and Ethan.
#4 — The Bookworm Crush
By Lisa Brown Roberts
This light-hearted read is fun and interesting because it has great characters. As an avid reader myself, I like that Amy (the main character) has a love of reading. This books also has a fun setting at the beach.
This book is technically the second novel in a companion series. While I enjoyed the first book (The Replacement Crush), I like this story even better. You don’t have the read the first book though to enjoy this story.
#5 — My Life Next Door
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
One of the things that sticks out to me about this story is the family dynamics. Samantha (the main character) has an okay family, but her neighbors are a lot of fun and show the importance of family. Also, the little neighbor kids create some funny dialogue in this book.
There are some “fluffy” moments in this book, but it also deals with some family issues and other problems. I like how social classes were compared in this story to help the main character understand others better.
#6 — Five Feet Apart
By Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, & Tobias Laconis
While this book deals with sickness, it isn’t a completely sad book. I like that it dealt with sickness in a realistic way without it being super depressing. Also, Stella and Will are great main characters. This story talks about their lives with Cystic Fibrosis, but it also discusses their interests as well. The relationships that are focused on in this book are really cool.
#7 — 10 Blind Dates
By Ashley Elston
If you want an entertaining book to read, this is it! Sophie’s family is a lot of fun, and this book made me laugh a lot. I enjoyed the family dynamics of this story, and some of the dates were unexpected and funny.
#8 — Stay Sweet
By Siobhan Vivian
This story is a lot of fun to read. Amelia and Grady are cute together. Also, I liked that there was a little mystery added to the story that kept me interested in the plot the whole time.
#9 — The Problem With Forever
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Trigger warnings: abuse
This is a very emotional read because of the issues that the main characters have had to deal with in the past. Mallory and Rider have such a wonderful bond formed from a traumatic past. I loved seeing the way they were able to overcome the obstacles they faced even though it was difficult for them.
#10 — Out of Left Field
By Kris Hui Lee
I tend to really enjoy books that include baseball, but besides that aspect, this is such a fun story. If you’re looking for a book filled with good “fluff,” then I recommend checking out this story. The amount of cute moments is what makes this a good read.
What are your favorite YA books?
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