I put together 8 awesome teen/YA books that aren't paranormal romances or dystopian novels.
Tiger Eyes by Judy Bloom
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Technically an adult book, Prep is a novel that will interest any YA reader. The novel follows Lee Fiora during her four years at Ault, an American boarding school. It is another coming of age novels that offers an honest interpretation of what it is like to be a teenager.
TTYL by Lauren Myracle
A novel written all in IMs weaves into a complete and complex story, that you actually forget the unique nature of the book. Myracle creates 4 unique and fully developed characters all based on their IMs.
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
An epistolary-esque novel, it tells the story of a school coming together and falling apart after the tragic death of a popular basketball player. It features an ensemble cast of characters learning how to deal with the realization they might not be invincible. A nice change to the often invincible character in paranormal romances.
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green
These are my favorite books grounded in reality, what are yours ?