Teen Hot Reads: Realistic Fiction


Book cover: Henna Wars

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Nishat’s parents say she can be anyone she wants–as long as she isn’t a lesbian. Nishat doesn’t want to lose her family, but she also doesn’t want to hide who she is, and it only gets harder once a childhood friend, Flávia, walks back into her life. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled–but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.

Hope and other punchlines by: Julie Buxbaumhope and other punch lines book cover

Abbi Hope Goldstein wants to go away to be a summer camp counselor where no one knows her as ‘Baby Hope’ the subject of a famous photograph taken just as a plane flew into World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Noah Stern on the other hand wants nothing more than meet ‘Baby Hope’ and feels that it is fate that they are together for the summer. What happens when they both find out the story behind this famous photograph?


Immoral code book coverImmoral Code by: Lillian Clark

When hacker and college student Nari finds out her friend Bellamy’s future at MIT is threatened she and her group of friends hatch a plan to steal from Bellamy’s deadbeat millionaire father.



love and lies of rukhsana ali book coverThe love and lies of Rukhsana Ali by: Sabina Khan

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is sent away to Bangladesh when her conservative Muslim parents find her kissing her girlfriend Ariana. Being far from all she’s known Rukhsana reads her grandfather’s diaries in hope of realizing what she wants from life and how to keep her family.


Night music book coverNight music by: Jenn Marie Thorne

Ruby Chertok feels suffocated by the pressure to follow in her father’s footsteps as a famous classical musician. Oscar is a Youtube classical musical prodigy that finds himself studying under Ruby’s father. Will Ruby and Oscar’s feelings for each other jeopardize their futures or bring them closer together?


this time will be different book coverThis time will be different by: Misa Sugiura

Despite her mothers’ plans, CJ loves working in her family’s flower shop and arranging bouquets with each flower’s special meaning. What will CJ do when her mother sells the family business to the same family that betrayed them years earlier during the Japanese American internment during World War II?