If you like Sarah Dessen novels, check out the following titles.
Created using Christie Chandler-Stahl's compilation and NoveList.
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|Barkley, Brad and Heather Hepler||Scrambled Eggs at Midnight||Calliope and Eliot, two fifteen-year-olds in Asheville, North Carolina, begin to acknowledge some unpleasant truths about their parents and form their own ideas about love.||YAF/Barkley|
|Brian, Kate||Sweet 16||On the night of her sweet sixteen birthday party, self-centered snob Teagan Phillips receives a visit from a special person who tries to convince the teenager to change the way she lives her life.||YAF/Brian|
|Caletti, Deb||Honey, Baby, Sweetheart||In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman in their bookclub with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about "the real ties that bind" people to one another.||YAF/Caletti|
|Colasanti, Susan||Waiting for You||Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants--a boyfriend and a social life--but things do not turn out exactly the way she expects them to.||YAF/Colasanti|
|Han, Jenny||The summer I turned pretty||Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.||YAF/Han|
|Johnson, Maureen||The key to the Golden Firebird||As three teenaged sisters struggle to cope with their father's sudden death, they find they must reexamine friendships, lifelong dreams, and their relationships with each other and their father.||YAF/Johnson|
|Picoult, Jodi||The Tenth Circle||Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father, Daniel's life -- a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence.||F/Picoult|
|Zarr, Sarah||Story of a Girl||In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.||YAF/Zarr|
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