The Tough Stuff

Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan's career as "DJ Ice" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.


 
 

 

A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

 

 
 


 
 

A high school boy comes to terms with his drug addiction, life with an alcoholic father, and a younger brother who looks up to him.




 
Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser's identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself
 
 
 

 
When Christian, a boy she knows only through Facebook, posts a lot of nasty comments on her page, fifteen-year-old Lara tries to kill herself--but that is only the beginning of the backlash for her sister, Sydney; her former friend Bree; and her classmates.
 
 


 
After his best friend, Hayden, commits, suicide, fifteen-year-old Sam is determined to find out why--using the clues in the playlist Hayden left for him.
 
 
 
 
 


 
For years, fifteen-year-old Carey has lived in a broken-down camper in the woods with her mother and younger sister. When she and her sister are taken away and enter a new, seemingly normal life, Carey must bury long-held secrets for fear that her new life will be taken away.
 


 
Jason, who lives with an abusive father at home, hopes to earn enough money to escape with his younger sister by being tough at school, but the stakes grow more dangerous and soon even his fists and ability to think on his feet are not enough to keep his head above water.
 

 

A teenaged boy who is thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.


Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.

 
 
 


 
After being assaulted by the sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, Romy Grey was branded a liar and bullied by former friends, finding refuge only in the diner where she works outside of town, but when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing and news of him assulting another girl gets out, Romy must decide whether to speak out again or risk having more girls hurt.

 


 
 

Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition and forces her to discover who she is without the one thing that has defined her entire life.
 
 


 
 
Twins Jude and Noah were best friends, until a tragic event during their adolescence drove them apart. Noah narrates the years before their separation, and Jude narrates their later years, allowing readers to witness the complete story of their rift and eventual reconnection
 
 


 
 
After Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown, his memories of war service threaten to destroy their lives.

 
Told in alternating voices, when Theodore and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to save one another"
 


 

After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.
 


 
High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.
 
 

 

 
As Seattle sixteen-year-old Jonathan helps a dying man come to terms with a tragic event he experienced during World War II, Jonathan begins facing his own demons, especially the death of his twin brother
 
 
 
 

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.




 
The summer sixteen-year-old Ryan is released from a mental hospital following his suicide attempt, he meets Nicki, who gets him to share his darkest secrets while hiding secrets of her own.