Novels in Verse

All the Broken Pieces: A Novel In Verse by Ann E. Burg, Y Fiction Burg
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

Burned by Ellen Hopkins, Y Fiction Hopkins
It all started with a dream. Just a typical fantasy, but for a girl raised in a religious and abusive family, a simple dream could be the first step toward eternal damnation. Now Pattyn Von Stratten has questions. Questions about God, and sex, and mostly love. Will she ever find it? Pattyn experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control.

By the River by Stephen Herrick, Y Fiction Herrick
A fourteen-year-old describes, through prose poems, his life in a small Australian town in 1962, where, since their mother's death, he and his brother have been mainly on their own to learn about life, death, and love.

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder, Y Fiction Schroeder
As teenagers Brooklyn and Nico work to help each other recover from the deaths of Brooklyn's boyfriend--Nico's brother Lucca--and their friend Gabe, the two begin to rediscover their passion for life, and a newly blossoming passion for one another.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins, Y Fiction Hopkins
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder, Y Fiction Schroeder
A novel-in-verse about sixteen-year-old Ali's reluctant road trip with her stepmother and new baby sister, and the terror that ensues after they end up lost in the snow-covered woods.

Glass by Ellen Hopkins, Y Fiction Hopkins
In a powerful sequel to Crank, Kristina is determined to manage her addiction to crack in order to keep her newborn child, but when she is unable to manage her use of the drug and the pull becomes too strong, her greatest fears are quickly realized.

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams, Y Fiction Williams
Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and when the older one attempts suicide, the younger one tries to uncover the reason.

Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass, Y Fiction Mass
When high school junior Tessa Reynolds falls into a coma after getting hit in the head during gym class, she experiences heaven as the mall where her parents work, and she revisits key events from her life, causing her to reevaluate herself and how she wants to live.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder, Y Fiction Schroeder
Ava can't see or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, Y Fiction Hopkins
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay, Y Fiction Tregay
When her father starts dating a man, fifteen-year-old Marcie's depressed mother takes her to New Hampshire. Just as Marcie starts falling for a great guy, her father brings her back to Idaho, where all of her relationships have become strained.

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, Y Fiction Levithan
A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge, Y Fiction Koertge
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell, Y Fiction Sandell
In fifth-century Britain, nine years after the destruction of their home on the island of Shalott brings her to live with her father and brothers in the military encampments of Arthur's army, seventeen-year-old Elaine describes her changing perceptions of war and the people around her as she becomes increasingly involved in the bitter struggle against the invading Saxons.

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, Y Fiction Hopkins
Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love.

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know series) by Sonya Sones, Y Fiction Sones
Fourteen-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for "loser," and so when he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets, but he finds acceptance as a student in a drawing class at Harvard

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones, Y Fiction Sones
My name is Sophie. This book is about me. It tells the heart-stoppingly riveting story of my first love. And also of my second. And, okay, my third love too. It's not that I'm boy crazy. It's just that even though I'm almost fifteen it's like my mind and my body and my heart just don't seem to be able to agree on anything.

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