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We Got Issues!!!
Books for teens about the issues they face!

  Aimee  by Mary Beth Miller
      Suicide; Friendship; Pain

After she is accused of playing a role in her best friend's death, a young woman battles depression, anger, guilt, loneliness, and the problems of her own family as well as those of the families of her old friends.

  America by E.R Frank
      Emotional Problems; Runaways; Psychiatric hospitals  

Teenage America, a not-black, not-white, not-anything boy who has spent many years in institutions for disturbed, antisocial behavior, tries to piece his life together.

Born Blue  by Han Nolan
     Abandoned children, Drugs, Foster Care

Janie was four years old when she nearly drowned due to her mothers neglect. Through an unhappy foster home experience, and years of feeling that she is unwanted, she keeps alive her dream of someday being a famous singer.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
     Dating violence, Parental Abuse, High school

Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

Cut by Patricia McCormick
     Self-mutilation; Psychiatric hospitals; Emotional problems

While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

Damage by Amanda McRaney Jenkins
     Mental Depression; High school

Seventeen-year-old football hero Austin, trying to understand the inexplicable depression that has drained his interest in life, thinks that he has found relief in a girl who seems very special.

Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
     Teenage Parents; Teenage Fathers

When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
Interpersonal relationships; Lesbians; High schools

As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay club at school.

Not as Crazy as I Seem by George Harrar
     Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Death; Vandalism

As fifteen-year-old Devon begins mid-year at a new prestigious prep school, he is plagued by compulsions such as the need to sort things into groups of four.

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
     Homosexuality; Coming out; High schools

Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
     Popularity; Violence; High school

When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
     Rape, Emotional problems; High schools

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school.

Stoner & Spaz by Ron Koertge
     Drugs; Highschool

A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman.


Researched and complied by Jeri Lynn Triano
Brick Teen Services Librarian, 7/3/2003


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