This list includes both light reads and books with darker humor, as well as books for younger and older teens.
Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here
Hope and her aunt move to Wisconsin to work at a diner and become involved in a campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.
Cabot, Megan. The Princess Diaries series
A New York City 9th grader agonizes over her love life, final exams, and future role as Princess of Genovia in a series of diary entries.
Cohn, Rachel. Gingerbread
After getting expelled from boarding school and falling in love with a surfer, Cyd is sent to New York City to spend time with her father.
Colfer, Eoin. The Wish List
Meg Finn is dead, but her good deeds perfectly balance the bad. So she’s back on Earth, trying to tip the scales by helping her victim.
Conford, Ellen. I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost
A collection of 7 humorous stories reflecting the ups and downs of teenage love and life.
Crutcher, Chris. Ironman
While training for a triathlon, 17-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school that makes him think about his relationship with his father.
Danziger, Paula. Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?
Confused about her life at home and at school, 14-year-old Lauren learns the importance of being her own person.
Ferris, Jean. Love Among the Walnuts: Or How I Saved My Entire Family From Being Poisoned
Sandy is shocked when he and his parents become victims of his greedy uncles’ plot to incapacitate them and take their money.
Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks
One by one, several people transform a trash-filled vacant lot into a beautiful garden.
Going, K.L. Fat Kid Rules the World
Depressed, suicidal and obese, Troy gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager (a genius on the guitar) wants Troy to be the drummer in his band.
Grant, Cynthia. The Cannibals: Starring Tiffany Spratt
Tiffany, head of the superficial cheerleading group called the Cannibals, describes her senior year in her journal.
Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot
Roy, who is new to his small Florida town, teams up with another boy to save a colony of owls from a developer that wants to build on the vacant lot.
Kindl, Patrice. Goose Chase
Rather than marry someone she doesn’t like, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment and capture before learning exactly who she is.
Lynch, Chris. Slot Machine
Overweight 13-year-old Elvin is sent to camp, where he and his 2 friends are forced to try out different sports to see where they belong.
Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob
Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss dating the daughter of an FBI agent.
McCafferty, Megan. Second Helpings
It’s Jessica Darling’s senior year, and her best friend has moved away. She starts dating “hot brainiac” Len Levy and tries to get into Columbia University.
Pinkwater, Daniel. Lizard Music
Left home alone by his family, Victor becomes involved with intelligent lizards who tell him about a little-known invasion from outer space.
Paulsen, Gary. Harris and Me
The nameless narrator, an 11-year-old city boy, is sent to live with his relatives on a farm in the 1950s. He and Harris live through pranks and Aunt Clair’s constant, enormous meals.
Plummer, Louise. My Name is Sus5an Smith, the 5 is Silent
Susan, a 17-year-old artist, meets the uncle whom she has idolized, and whom the rest of the family won’t forgive, by chance one summer.
Rallison, Janette. All’s Fair in Love, War and High School
Cheerleader Samantha does poorly on the SAT and must win the election for student body president in order to get into college. Will her talent for insulting people get in the way?
Rennison, Louise. Georgia Nicholson series
The journal of a British teen who tries to reduce the size of her nose, keep her cat under control, and win the love of handsome Robbie.
Rylant, Cynthia. God Went to Beauty School
A novel in poems that reveals God’s discovery of the wonders and pains in the world that he created.
Sachar, Louis. Holes
As further proof that his family is cursed, Stanley Yelnats is wrongly sent to boot camp in the Texas desert, where he finds new friends and an end to the family curse.
Shaw, Tucker. Flavor of the Week
Cyril, an overweight teenager, is friends with Rose, but wishes he was more. Nevertheless, he helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces that Cyril himself secretly creates.
Sleator, William. Oddballs
A collection of stories based on experiences from the author’s youth and peopled with an unusual assortment of family and friends.
Thomas, Rob. Rats Saw God
In order to graduate, Steve writes a 100 page essay that helps him sort out his relationship with his astronaut father and figure how he became a troubled teen.
Tolan, Stephanie. Surviving the Applewhites
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent to artsy and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers new talents.
Townsend, Sue. The Adrian Mole Diaries
Naïve, earnest and self-absorbed British teen Adrian Mole details every bit of his turbulent adolescence in his secret diary.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Swear to Howdy
Two 13-year-old boys share neighborhood adventures, complaints about their older sisters, family secrets, and the sense of guilt that binds them together.