Here are some other books with
strong characters and family relationships/issues that I think you may
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's
death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going.
Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300
pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a
genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
Bang by Sharon Flake.
A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a
disintegrating family, and destructive temptations as he struggles to
find his identity as a young man.
A Child Called It by David Pelzer.
This autobiographical account charts the abuse of a young boy as his
alcoholic mother first isolates him from the rest of the family; then
torments him; and finally nearly kills him through starvation,
poisoning, and one dramatic stabbing.
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous.
In this diary, a teen's life falls apart after she runs away from home
and gets hooked on drugs.
What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles.
After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact
revenge on the person he holds responsible.
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher.
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted
teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high
school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the
school's less popular students.
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen.
After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin decides that
she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive
relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.