If you like Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher

Just in case you
are not already familiar with Chris Crutcher's other titles, here are just a

While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends
an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his
relationship with his father.


A high school coach invites members of his swimming team to a
memorable week of rigorous training that tests their moral fiber as well as their physical stamina.


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Candy by Kevin Brooks.
When Joe meets Candy, it seems like a regular boy-meets-girl scenario. But then Joe is drawn into Candy's world --- a world of drugs, violence, and desperation. As the dark truth about Candy's life emerges, Joe finds himself facing real danger at every twist and turn. Soon Joe's conflicting emotions begin to mirror Candy's, and he understands that falling in love just might be worth the struggle.


Damage by A.M. Jenkins.
Seventeen-year-old football hero Austin, trying to understand his bout with depression, thinks he has found relief in a very special girl.

Looking for Alaska by John Green.
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at a private school includes good
friends, and good times, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.


Pinned by Alfred Martino.
Two high school wrestlers, dealing with family problems, girls, and
their own competitive nature, face each other in a championship match.


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.


Twisted, also by Laurie Halse Anderson.
After finally getting noticed by someone other than bullies,
seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the
attentions of a popular girl. But soon things start to go bad again.


What happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles.
After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.