*updated with new titles 4-8-15*
Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Just before the Earth is demolished, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect.
Alexie, Sherman. The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Andrews, Jesse. Me & Earl & the dying girl
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Behrens, Andy. All the way
Hoping to find love with a girl he has met on the Internet, seventeen-year-old Ian drives with his two best friends from Illinois to South Carolina.
Calame, Don. Swim the fly and sequel Beat the band
In addition to the pact he makes with his best friends to see a naked girl by the end of summer, Matt Gratton sets himself the goal of impressing the star of the swim team, Kelly West, by swimming the one hundred-yard butterfly.
Chabon, Michael. The amazing adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Chabon chronicles the fantastic adventures of two Jewish cousins, one American, one Czech. It's 1939 and Brooklynite Sammy Klayman dreams of making it big in the nascent world of comic books. Joseph Kavalier has never seen a comic book, but he is an accomplished artist versed in the "autoliberation" techniques of his hero, Harry Houdini.
Cohn & Levithan. Nick & Norah's infinite playlist
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.
Crawford, Brent. Carter finally gets it & sequel Carter's big break
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.
Crutcher, Chris. Deadline
Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos."
Green, John. An abundance of Katherines
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
Green, John. Paper towns
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
Hiaasen, Carl. Skink no surrender
With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.
Hornby, Nick. Slam
At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically.
Jenkins, A.M. Repossessed
A fallen angel, tired of being unappreciated while doing his pointless, demeaning job, leaves Hell, enters the body of a seventeen-year-old boy, and tries to experience the full range of human feelings before being caught and punished, while the boy's family and friends puzzle over his changed behavior.
Kraft, Erik. Miracle wimp
Presents episodes from the high school life of Tom Mayo, a wisecracking misfit, who is trying to navigate his way through Wood Shop, dating, driving, and class tormentors.
Luper, Eric. Seth Baumgartner's love manifesto
After his girlfriend breaks up with him and he sees his father out with another woman, high school senior Seth Baumgartner, who has a summer job at the country club and is preparing for a father-son golf tournament, launches a podcast in which he explores the mysteries of love.
Nelson, Blake. Destroy all cars
Through assignments for English class, seventeen-year-old James Hoff rants against consumerism and his classmates' apathy, puzzles over his feelings for his ex-girlfriend, and expresses disdain for his emotionally-distant parents.
Payne, C.D. Youth in revolt: the journals of Nick Twisp
Nick Twisp, a dark and precocious fourteen-year-old, struggles with the problems of contemporary teens, including high school, divorced parents, paranoia, his virginity, homelessness, and the attentions of a young lady.
Pierson, D.C. Crap kingdom
Tenth-grader Tom Parking's dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least "cool" place in the universe.
Portman, Frank. King Dork
High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.
Roskos, Evan. Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets
A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.
Rubens, Michael. Sons of the 613
Isaac is struggling to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah when his older brother Josh, a self-proclaimed "Super Jew" and undefeated wrestler, forces him into a quest to become a man by shooting a gun, riding a motorcycle, falling in love, and more.
Sachar, Louis. The cardturner
When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.
Smith, Andrew. Winger
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.
Tharp, Tim. The spectacular now
In the last months of high school, charismatic eighteen-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk or high most of the time, but that could change when he starts working to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.
Thomas, Rob. Rats saw god
In hopes of graduating, Steve York agrees to complete a hundred-page writing assignment which helps him to sort out his relationship with his famous astronaut father and the events that changed him from promising student to troubled teen.
Townsend, Sue. The Adrian Mole diaries
Adrian Mole would like to be an intellectual, but he's got all these mundane worries: spots on his chin, a girlfriend whose interest is waning, and quarreling parents who are so self-absorbed they barely notice when he tries to run away.
Van de ruit, John. Spud & sequel Spud: the madness continues
In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.
Vizzini, Ned. It’s kind of a funny story
A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Vlahos, Len. The scar boys
Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.
Wizner, Jake. Spanking Shakespeare
Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.