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Books about Grief (Teen)

These books for young adults explore themes of love and loss.

The silence that binds us by Joanna Ho

In the year following their son's death, May Chen's parents face racist accusations of putting too much pressure on their son and causing his death by suicide, and May attempts to challenge the racism and ugly stereotypes through her writing, only to realize that she still has a lot to learn and that her actions have consequences for her family as well as herself.

A year to the day by Robin Benway

A year after her sister Nina's death and still unable to imagine a world without her, Leo forms a friendship with Nina's boyfriend East based on their shared grief, only to discover he knows more about the accident that killed Nina than he is letting on.

All my rage by Sabaa Tahir

A family extending from Pakistan to California deals with generations of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness.

Message not found by Dante Medema

Mourning the death of her best friend Vanessa, seventeen-year-old Bailey creates a chat bot using their text messages and emails, but, unsatisfied with the result, Bailey seeks out more data for the app and uncovers Vanessa's secrets, forcing Bailey to reconcile what she thought she knew about her friend with what Vanessa kept hidden.

The stepping off place by Cameron Kelly Rosenblum

"It’s the summer before senior year. Reid is in the thick of Scofield High’s in-crowd thanks to her best friend, Hattie, who has been her social oxygen since middle school. But summer is when Hattie goes to her family’s Maine island home. Instead of sitting inside for eight weeks, waiting for her to return, Reid and their friend, Sam, enter into a pact—to live it up, one party at a time. But days before Hattie is due home, Reid finds out the shocking news that Hattie has died by suicide. Driven by a desperate need to understand what went wrong, Reid searches for answers. In doing so, she uncovers painful secrets about the person she thought she knew better than herself. And the truth will force Reid to reexamine everything." --publisher's website

Early departures by Justin A Reynolds

"Jamal's best friend, Q, doesn't know that he died, and that he's about to die again. He doesn't know that Jamal tried to save him. And that the reason they haven't been friends for two years is because Jamal blames Q for the accident that killed his parents. But what if Jamal could have a second chance? A new technology allows Q to be reanimated for a few weeks before he dies permanently. And Q's mom is not about to let anyone ruin this miracle by telling Q about his impending death. So how can Jamal fixeverything if he can't tell Q the truth?"--

How to live without you by Sarah Everett

Determined to find her missing sister, Rose, seventeen-year-old Emmy returns to their Ohio hometown for the summer where she is faced with secrets and lies she never thought possible as she follows in Rose's last-known footsteps.

Thoughts & prayers : A Novel in Three Parts by Bryan Bliss

"Three high school students attempt to repair their lives after a school shooting"--

Clap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Two sisters mourn their father's death after his plane crashes on a flight to the Dominican Republic.

Meet me in the middle by Alex Light

When a tragic accident tears Truman and Eden apart, setting them on different paths, grief-stricken Eden must decide whether or not to let Truman back into her life when he returns home.

How we ricochet by Faith Gardner

Surviving a shooting at the mall, Betty searches for answers and is led to Michael, the shooter's brother, forcing her to question everything she thought she knew about herself and about the world around her, which can change in an instant.

The astonishing color of after by Emily X Pan

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

We can be heroes by Kyrie McCauley

"After a girl is killed by her ex-boyfriend in a school shooting, her two best friends attempt to memorialize her in a town economically dependent on the shooter's family"--

We are okay by Nina LaCour

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

The hate u give by Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Patron saints of nothing by Randy Ribay

When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.

Long way down by Jason Reynolds

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

The sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson

In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.

The start of me and you by Emery Lord

Paige Hancock starts junior year with a list of ways to take back her life, rather than spending another year as "The Girl Whose Boyfriend Drowned," and finding out that Ryan Chase, her long-term crush, is available again might be the key.
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