21 Realistic Fiction Books You Must Read - XX Chromosomes

21 Realistic Fiction Books You Must Read

Realistic fiction books

A lot of us love realistic fiction books because we can easily put ourselves in the characters' shoes, most of them have deep meaning and because they have believable plots, but it can be hard to know where to begin with this amazing genre. After all, a lot of our readers prefer more realistic fiction and even if thousands of titles were published last year most of them weren't popular. We are here to help you. We combined the best rated novels from Goodreads, New York Times and critics around the web and we made a list of 21 best realistic fiction books you absolutely must read.

1. The Fault in Our Stars
Realistic fiction books - The Fault in Our Stars
Of course the famous The Fault in Our Stars. We are huge fans of it. In fact our readers love this books so much that we made list of similar books like The Fault in Our Stars. The list went viral.
There's not much we can say about this novel that most of you don't know already. In fact most likely you are annoyed by this first suggestions because you already know it. It's probably in top 10 the most famous titles among our readers (You should watch the movie too).

2. Thirteen Reasons Why
Realistic fiction books - Thirteen Reasons Why

One of my personal favorites. Thirteen Reasons Why is a novel that you must read if you love realistic fiction books. A NY Times bestseller and modern classic with a new cover and additional content.
Clay just came back from school to discover a strange package left on his porch. Inside he finds several audio tapes recorded by Hannah (his classmate crush) who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Inside she tells him that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life and he's one of them.

3. Since You've Been Gone
Realistic fiction books - Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson is a unique story about a girls' friendship. Sloane pushes Emily to do something new and get out of her comfort zone all the time. They both had an amazing summer but after this Sloane disappeared. All she left was a to-do-list of stuff Emily would never usually try. Emily's last hope to find her missing friend is to do all the stuff from the list which eventually will bring her best friend back.

4. The Geography of You and Me
Realistic fiction boook - The Geography of You and Me

A story about how a blackout in New York City brings two teenagers together. Stuck in an elevator they fall in love. But once the power is restored the reality hits them. The girls soon moves to Edinburgh and the boy heads out west with his dad.
A story that a lot of us can relate to. A long distance relationship between two young people determined to be together.

5. The Sky Is Everywhere
Realistic fiction books - The Sky Is Everywhere

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is another realistic fiction book you must read. Lennie Walker is seventeen years old and is living in the shadow of her bigger sister. Everything changes when her sister dies and despite Lennie's lack of experience with boys, now she is stuck trying to balance between two (Toby - her sister's ex.... and Joe - the new boy in town).

6. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Realistic fiction books: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

A story about the sixteen year old Gemma who is kidnapped from the Bangkok airport ant taken to the Australian outback. To an isolated land by a man who's expecting from her to love him. A dark and suspenseful fiction. A plot that a lot of us fear.

7. The Female of the Species
Realistic fiction books - The Female of the Species

Don't get fooled by the cover. This book is not an easy read. I would call it the female variant of The Punisher.
Alex Craft knows how to kill and she doesn't feel bad about it. When her older sister Anna was murdered few years ago and the killer got away with it, Alex turned to what she knows best - Violence.

8. Twisted
Realistic fiction books - Twisted

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson is a story about Tyler - a normal average student with average looks, average family problems. But since he's getting busted for drawing a graffiti in school and spending summer doing outside work to pay for it, he comes back different person. Muscular, with a reputation of a bad boy. Suddenly his dream girl notices him. Still on probation Tyler struggles to balance his crush, with schoolwork and family problems. He reaches a point where he's not really sure if he can take it anymore.

9. Pretty Little Liars
Realistic fiction books - Pretty Little Liars

We said it before, we LOVE the TV show and we love the Pretty Little Liars books. All the fans of the show will love these books. We are too biased to not put it on our realistic fictions books list.

10. Heist Society
Realistic fiction books - Heist Society

If you loved The Curse Workers book series  and the Ocean's eleven movies you will love Heist Society by Ally Carter.
After Kat spent her whole childhood assisting her dad in his art thieves, she finally goes to a prestigious school, trying to live a normal life. It's a lot more difficult than she expects. She quickly discovers that she can't escape her past.

11. Dead, Bath, and Beyond
Realistic fiction books - Dead, Bath, and Beyond

This is the forth book of the Victoria Square series. Everyone who loves mystery should read them in my opinion. I am surprised it's not that popular.

12. Shine
Realistic fictions books

Shine by Lauren Myracle is a story about the sixteen year old Cat who's best friend was a victim of a vicious hate crime. Now she's trying to find who did it and bring back justice. A little girl in the South against poverty, drugs and intolerance.

13. Die for You
Realistic fiction books - Die for You

The fans of contemporary realistic fictions books will love Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy. It's a story a lot of girls can relate to nowadays. After Emma's parents divorce she's forced to move halfway across Arizona and have her senior year in new school knowing no one.
That's where she meets Dillon. He meets her with new friends and gives her the sense of security she never had. A beautiful romance novel.

14. Razor Girl
Realistic fiction books - Razor Girl

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen is absolutely hilarious. It's from the author of Bad Monkey, Star Island and Nature Girl.
When Lane's car is hit from behind it looks just like an ordinary accident. But it's not. Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry - the Razor Girl - and the crash scam is just the beginning of an amazing story where you will meet one of the best characters.

15. Wolf Hollow
Realistic fiction books - Wolf HollowWolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is a historical realistic fiction book that was published in the middle of 2016. The plot is set during the World War II in America where Anabbelle enjoys her farm life and her friendship with an older war veteran named Toby. Their friendship is threatened by a bully who recently moved into town.

16. Sweetbitter

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler is a realistic fiction novel about the twenty two year old Tess, who moves to New York to look for a life that she can't definite. She knows he needs change and nothing else. She ends up working in a renowned restaurant as a backwaiter. There she rediscovers her appetites for food, wine, knowledge and pretty much every other kind of experience.

17. A List of Cages
A List of Cages

A list of Cages by Robin Roe is an emotional story about Adam Blake who lands the best elective in his senior year being an aide to the school psychologist. Most of the days he just sits around which isn't very easy for him since he has ADHD but it never bothered him much, since he got to text all of his friends during this time. Everything changes one day when the doctor asks him to track down a troubled freshman who keeps avoiding her. That's when Adam discovers that this student is actually the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

18. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti is a story about the teenager misfit Hawthorn who decides to invest her time in finding the mysteriously disappearing Lizzie Lovett. Lizzie disappeared while camping with her boyfriend and Hawthorn has a pretty crazy theory about what happened. In order to prove it, she infiltrates herself in Lizzie's life. She takes her job, and even her boyfriend...

19. You Don't Know My Name

You Don't Know My Name
The seventeen year old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities, lying to everyone she ever met, and never having long relationships. She's a spy. She's very well trained and is expected to follow her parents' steps and become a part of the most powerful spying agency in the world.

20. Life in a Fishbowl
Life in a Fishbowl

The fifteen year old Jackie is a prisoner in her own home. Everything she says, she does is broadcasted live on tv 24/7. This is because her dad has a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on ebay to the person who pays most. A ruthless TV show.

21. Allegedly

Mary B. Addison allegedly killed a baby. She didn't say much on the interview with the detectives and the only thing that matter for the public is what the media says. And the media has titles like: A white baby had died under the care of a church going black woman and her nine year old daughter. But did she really do it? An amazing realistic mystery book by Tiffany D. Jackson.

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