1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal. But, when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be rewritten.
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
3. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork: Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
4. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson: Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
5. Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak: Two brothers, down on their luck, are mired in an illegal boxing scam.
6. There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff: When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of his assistant, Mr. B, who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.
7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
8. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.
9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection,offers hope of a better future.
10. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman: Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.