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Make sure to add your name to the HOLD LIST, and while you wait check out these *read-alikes.  Click on the title or picture to look up the item’s availability at the library!

*Read-alikes are titles that are similar in characterization, genre, location, narration, pacing, point-of-view, subject matter, tone, or even writing style.  They are not meant to be exact replicas because where would the fun be in that?

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlMe and Earl and the Dying Girl written by Jesse Andrews

[Amulet Books, 2012]

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.

If I StayIf I Stay written by Gayle Forman

[Dutton Books, c2009]

Seventeen-year-old Mia has an out-of-body experience when she is in an accident that claims the lives of her entire family.  While in her coma, she must decide whether or not to succumb to the overwhelming sadness of her loss or wake up and persevere.

The Survival KitThe Survival Kit written by Donna Freitas

[Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011]

Rose, a junior in High School, has just lost her mother and uses the tokens she left behind to create a Survival Kit that helps her cope through her grief.  With the help of her friends and the Survival Kit, Rose is able to heal and find joy again.

In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari: A NovelIn the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari: A Novel written by Fabio Geda, translated by Howard Curtis

[Doubleday, 2011]

As an illegal immigrant being shuttled between countries, Enaiat sees the best and the worst of humanity but never lets the ugliness of life deter him from his dream of a better future.  He is abandoned in Pakistan by his mother as she hopes that he will escape the rule of the Taliban.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best FriendA Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

[Dial Books, 2010]

As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend by finishing the musical she started before her unexpected death.

Side EffectsSide Effects written by Amy Goldman Koss

[Roaring Brook Press, 2006]

After being diagnosed with stage-four Hodgkins lymphoma, Isabella discovers the harsh realities of cancer treatment and survival at the tender age of 14.  Her story is told authentically with honesty, frankness, and a little bit of comedy.

Sunrise Over FallujahSunrise Over Fallujah written by Walter Dean Myers

[Scholastic Press, 2008]

Instead of going to college, Robin Perry enlists in the army and is sent to Iraq.  He finds himself writing home about his struggles to maintain peace and the violent nature of his job.  Myers’s able to bring to light the modern-day soldier’s perspective.

Sorta Like a RockstarSorta Like a Rockstar written by Matthew Quick

[Little, Brown, 2009]

Amber Appleton calls herself the Princess of Hope despite living on a school bus with her alcoholic mother.  When tragedy strikes, her life and faith are turned upside down and her friends and surrounding community rally together to cheer her up.

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went CrazyStop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy written by Sonya Sones

[Harper Collins Publishers, c1999]

Told through haunting free verse, this is a story of how 13-year-old Cookie deals with the fact that her older sister has a nervous breakdown that results in institutionalization.  Sones thoughtfully brings to light how families cope in the face of mental illness stigmatization.

It's Kind of a Funny StoryIt’s Kind of a Funny Story written by Ned Vizzini

[Hyperion Books For Children, 2006]

Overwhelmed by the pressures to succeed at an exclusive private school, Craig Gilner’s depression gets the better of him.  After he calls a suicide hotline, he checks himself into a psychiatric hospital where he forms bonds with an eccentric cast of characters and learns to cope with his problems.

Can you think of other titles that belong on this list?  Feel free to submit your suggestions by e-mailing me at: lhilty@grayslake.info.
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About Princess Leia

I am the Teen Services Librarian at the Grayslake Area Public Library.
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