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Readalikes for Fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews

    Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
    Zac and Mia

    Zac and Mia - A.J. Betts

    The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn't-- couldn't-- be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note-- then a friendship neither of them sees coming.
    Dear Life, You Suck

    Dear Life, You Suck - Scott Blagden

    Irreverent, foul-mouthed, seventeen-year-old Cricket Cherpin, living under the watchful eye of Mother Mary at a Catholic boys' home in Maine, has such bleak prospects he is considering suicide when Wynona Bidaban steps into his world.

    Deadline - Chris Crutcher

    Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos."
    Say What You Will

    Say What You Will - Cammie McGovern

    A girl confined to a wheelchair by cerebral palsy and a boy stymied by an obsessive-compulsive disorder are assigned to spend time together in what becomes a blossoming friendship that neither expected.
    The Prince of Venice Beach

    The Prince of Venice Beach - Blake Nelson

    Robert "Cali" Callahan, seventeen, gets swept up into the private-investigator business and must deal with the ramifications of looking for fellow runaways who may not want to be found--and with falling in love with one of them.
    The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

    The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy - Kate Hattemer

    When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down.
    A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

    A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend - Emily Horner

    As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend.
    Please Ignore Vera Dietz

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz - A.S. King

    When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.
    Living With Jackie Chan

    Living With Jackie Chan - Jo Knowles

    After moving in with his karate-loving uncle in a different town, Josh struggles with regrets while practicing karate with upstairs neighbor Stella, whom Josh fears will reject him because of her jealous boyfriend and his own checkered past.
    The Tragedy Paper

    The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth LaBan

    While preparing for the most dreaded assignment at the prestigious Irving School, the Tragedy Paper, Duncan gets wrapped up in the tragic tale of Tim Macbeth, a former student who had a clandestine relationship with the wrong girl, and his own ill-fated romance with Daisy.
    Althea and Oliver

    Althea and Oliver - Cristina Moracho

    Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.
    Side Effects May Vary

    Side Effects May Vary - Julie Murphy

    Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she's in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she's made and the people she's hurt.
    Twenty Boy Summer

    Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler

    While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna's first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.
    All the Bright Places

    All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

    Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey 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 heal and save one another.
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz

    Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

    Winger - Andrew Smith

    Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.
    After Ever After

    After Ever After - Jordan Sonnenblick

    Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.
    OCD, The Dude, and Me

    OCD, The Dude, and Me - Lauren Vaughn

    Danielle Levine stands out even at her alternative high school--in appearance and attitude--but when her scathing and sometimes raunchy English essays land her in a social skills class, she meets Daniel, another social misfit who may break her resolve to keep everyone at arm's length
    Where Things Come Back

    Where Things Come Back - John Corey Whaley

    Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
    The Probability of Miracles

    The Probability of Miracles - Wendy Wunder

    Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.
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