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Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais
Promised to each other before they were born, Cadence and Sphinxie, separated after he deliberately cut her face, are drawn back together at age sixteen, but Cadence is even less stable mentally and Sphinxie, sweet, plain, and attracted to his brilliance, tries to be loyal but fears for her life.
Paint Me a Monster by Janie Baskin
Rinnie relates a childhood marked by privilege but also abuse, which steadily increases after her parents’ divorce and remarriages, emotionally crippling Rinnie until a school counselor helps her begin to heal.
These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar
Fifteen-year-old Gordie is trying to build a new life after tragically losing his family, but when his abusive father returns, Gordie must confront the traumas of the past.
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Enduring a difficult existence in the woods with her younger sister and the mentally ill mother who abducted them, fourteen-year-old Cary is found by her father and thrust into a perplexing new world that is overshadowed by a painful secret about her sister’s silence.
Still Waters by Ash Parsons
High-schooler Jason, who lives with a drunk, abusive father at home, hopes to earn enough money to escape with his younger sister, Janie, by being tough at school, but the stakes grow ever more dangerous and soon even his fists and ability to think on his feet are not enough to keep his head above water.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents’ murder, but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel’s perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what.
Stronger than You Know by Jolene B. Perry
After fifteen years of horrific abuse and neglect by her mother and her mother’s boyfriends, Joy struggles to understand and accept a normal life with relatives, at school, and with a boyfriend.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.
What Comes After by Steve Watkins
When her veterinarian father dies, sixteen-year-old Iris Wight must move from Maine to North Carolina where her Aunt Sue spends Iris’s small inheritance while abusing her physically and emotionally, but the hardest to take is her mistreatment of the farm animals.