Top 5 Realistic Fiction Books

Reading is one of my favorite things to do, but during the school year, I never have the time. In the summer, however, I can pick up a 250-page book and read it in one day, no problem - but ONLY if it is really interesting! Good books can be incredibly hard to find, so I'm writing about my five favorite realistic-fiction novels in hopes that you will enjoy them as well! 

The Fault in Our Stars // Hazel, a 16-year-old girl that can't seem to focus on anything besides her cancer, crosses paths with a boy that changes her aspect on life for the better. This book tells the story of their journey to make the best out of life, and will forever be one of my favorites! 

Small as an Elephant // Jack was promised a fun summer at a campground with his mother, but when she packs up all of her belongings and leaves, he is left trying to find his way back to her safely. I have read this book three times now, and it hasn't gotten old!

Lock and Key // This novel documents the life of Ruby Cooper, who was abandoned by her mother (why do all the books I like to read have the mother leave?!) and now lives with her sister and brother-in-law. Though she refuses to admit it, Ruby subtly falls in love with the boy that lives next door.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas // This Holocaust novel is truly eye-opening; telling the story of a young boy in a Nazi concentration camp that becomes friends with Bruno, who is the son of a German soldier, this book always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Counting by 7s // Willow is a smart, shy, and very different twelve-year-old girl that doesn't have many friends. When both of her adoptive parents die in a car accident, she is left feeling alone. While trying to find her way in life, Willow embraces her remarkably different personality and starts to connect with other individuals.

I hope you like these novels! Have you read any of them before? If I missed your favorite fiction book, let me know what it is - I am in need of new books to read!