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If you like Notes on a Near Life Experience

Here are some other books with a fair share of love,
romance, and family problems. Enjoy!


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.

They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until the four
girls took turns trying them on--four girls, that is, who are close
friends, about to be parted for the summer, with very different sizes
and builds, not to mention backgrounds and personalities. Beautiful,
distant Lena is going to Greece to be with her grandparents; strong,
athletic Bridget is off to soccer camp in Baja, California; hot-tempered
Carmen plans to have her divorced father all to herself in South
Carolina; and Tibby the rebel will be left at home to slave for minimum
wage at Wallman's. (description from Amazon). First in a series.


The Boyfriend List (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs,
and me, Ruby Oliver) by E. Lockhart.

A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent
panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her
girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her
father, and more.


Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielli Zevin.

After high-school junior Naomi conks her head, she can't remember
anything that happened since sixth grade. She is by turns mystified and
startled by evidence of her present life, from the birth-control pills
in her bedside table to her parents' astonishing, rancorous split.
Eventually, the memories return, leaving Naomi questioning the basis of
a new, intense romance, and wondering which of her two lives, present or
former, represents her most authentic self.


Hard Love by Ellen Whittlinger.

After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings
about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John
meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.


Eva Underground by Dandi Daley Mackall.

In 1978 high-school-senior Eva Lott leaves her boyfriend and her
comfortable life in the Chicago suburbs for Communist Poland, where her
father is teaching in the underground education movement. Coping with
the recent death of her mother from cancer, Eva now has to contend with
the boredom and loneliness of living in a foreign country. After a
botched attempt to run away and make her way back to Chicago, Eva
develops a friendship with Tomek, a young underground leader, and a
romance blossoms, giving her a desire to stay. (description from Amazon)


My Not-So-Terrible Time at Hippie Hotel by Rosemary Graham.

Fourteen-year-old Tracy Forrester is resigned to having the worst summer
of her life. Her dad has booked her and her siblings into this weird
place in Massachusetts, where divorced parents and their kids hang out
with other split-up families. Ever since her parents' split, Tracy has
gained 15 pounds and a terminal case of low self-esteem. But things
start looking up when she catches the eye of Kevin, a cute local.
(description from Amazon).


Jason and Kyra by Dana Davidson.

Jason, 16, is gorgeous, smart, graceful on the basketball court, and he
dates popular, beautiful Lisa. But "super-jock,
popular-as-Nikes-in-the-NBA, can-have-anybody-he-wants" Jason falls for
"double-brained-nappy-headed-sweet-but-nobody" Kyra, his nonconformist,
highly academic research partner from AP English class. (description
from Amazon).


How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.

To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City,
fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and
cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips
apart the family while devastating the land.


What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones.

Meet Sophie. She sees herself as the too-tall "Mount Everest of teenage
girls," who, along with her friends, often suffers from "lackonookie
disease." She's dating smoky, sexy Dylan, covertly chatting online with
"cybersoul"-mate Chaz, and secretly nursing a crush on sweet, geeky
Murphy. Her two best friends are closer to her than sisters, and she
"hates hating" her soap opera-addicted mom, wishing "she would show half
as much interest in my life as she does in Luke and Laura's."
(description from Amazon).