7 Books About REAL Teenagers

Author Cat Clarke on characters tackling the same tough issues as you

Contemporary young adult novels are my favourite books to read, as well as my favourite books to write. Contemporary YA doesn't shy away from tricky subjects like sexuality, eating disorders and even child murder. Despite some of the heavy issues covered, these books are never preachy, are often funny and always full of heart.

2. Some Girls Are

Courtney Summers

4. Everything Beautiful

Simmone Howell
Will Grayson, Will Grayson cover

5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green & David Levithan
Wintergirls cover

6. Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson
Looking for JJ cover

7. Looking for JJ

Anne Cassidy

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Cat Clarke
Cat Clarke

Edinburgh-based author Cat Clarke has written the edgy, contemporary YA fiction books Entangled, Torn and Undone. She is currently working on her fourth novel. Find out more about Cat at catclarke.com.