Hearing that her mother is sick back in Cleveland, Mim Malone ditches her father and step-mother in Mississippi and hops on a Greyhound bus to go see her. Along the way Mim meets a colorful cast of characters, who help her face her own demons and come to terms with how she defines love., happiness and family.
the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world around him - including the expectation that he will go to college in the fall.
Anna is a slightly spooky and complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles, Houdini tricks, and ghost stories. She spends much of her time writing obituaries for every living person in town. She is unlike anyone the narrator has ever known, and they make an unlikely, though happy, pair. Then a week before Valentine's Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind only a dress placed neatly near a hole in the frozen river.
A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Four high school students, all with their stereotypical labels--the athlete, the slut, the slacker, and the overachiever--are given a wakeup call when a giant asteroid can be seen in the sky, heading right for Earth. In two months time it will impact the planet, which means these kids have two months to overcome their labels and become something bigger and better than what they are.
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
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.
Sixteen-year-old Simon Spier quietly enjoys flirtatious emails between himself and a guy calling himself "Blue," hoping it will lead to a relationship. However, the emails fall into the wrong hands and Simon is blackmailed. Now Simon must explore his feelings and decide if being outed to the rest of the high school is such a bad thing.
Seventeen-year-old Sephora, a surfer and artist who loves fairy tales and mythology, struggles with a secret so horrible she cannot speak it aloud, especially not to her beautiful, single mother, although they have always been unusually close.
In the last months of high school, eighteen-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk or high most of the time, but that could change when he starts working to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
A young woman goes through a box of items that contain memories of her time with her ex-boyfriend, using them to describe the exact reasons why they broke up.