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TOUGH ISSUES: Wasted: Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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Go ask Alice Teen Book Go ask Alice


A teenager whose life is dominated by her drug problems uses her diary to tell the story of what that life is like.

The death of Jayson Porter Teen Book The death of Jayson Porter

Adoff, Jaime.

In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.

Tales of the Madman Underground :   (an historical romance 1973) Teen Book Tales of the Madman Underground : (an historical romance 1973)

Barnes, John, 1957-

High school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.

A plague year Teen Book A plague year

Bloor, Edward, 1950-

When a crystal meth epidemic tears through his Pennsylvania coal-mining town in 2001, Tom, a supermarket employee who dreams of escaping to college, finds inspiration in the heroism of the passengers of United Flight 93.

Tyrell Teen Book Tyrell

Booth, Coe.

Tyrell is living with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. He feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his jailed father’s footsteps?

The absolute value of -1 Teen Book The absolute value of -1

Brezenoff, Steven.

Four teenagers relate their experiences as they try to cope with problems in school and at home by smoking, drinking, using drugs, and running track.

Dawn Teen Book Dawn

Brooks, Kevin.

Fifteen-year-old Dawn, who cares for her alcoholic mother, tries to suppress a painful childhood memory as she contemplates killing God, whom she blames for her father's disappearance.

Candy Teen Book Candy

Brooks, Kevin.

After falling in love with Candy, a drug addict, Joe becomes desperate as he tries to keep his dream of working as a musician alive while trying to save Candy from her self-destructive ways.

Tyrone's story Teen Book Tyrone's story

Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959-

Eighteen-year-old Tyrone Larson ponders the events of his life that led to his part in the death of a high school friend from a drug overdose.

Smack book Smack

Burgess, Melvin.

After running away from their troubled homes, two English teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to heroin.

You know where to find me Teen Book You know where to find me

Cohn, Rachel.

In the wake of her cousin's suicide, overweight and introverted seventeen-year-old Miles experiences significant changes in her relationships with her mother and father, her best friend Jamal and his family, and her cousin's father, while gaining insights about herself, both positive and negative.

Crackback Teen Book Crackback

Coy, John, 1958-

Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

Gym candy Teen Book Gym candy

Deuker, Carl.

Football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

True confessions of a Hollywood starlet :   a novel Teen Book True confessions of a Hollywood starlet : a novel

Douglas, Lola.

Teen movie star Morgan Carter retreats to a small midwestern town to recuperate anonymously after an overdose and rehabilitation, recording her thoughts in a diary.

The after life :   a novel Teen Book The after life : a novel

Ehrenhaft, Daniel.

When Will Shephard's estranged millionaire father dies, a bizarre clause in the will sends him on a drug- and alcohol-fueled road trip from Miami to New York with his twin half-siblings.

Rules of attraction Teen Book Rules of attraction

Elkeles, Simone.

Carlos, who lives with his older brother Alex, a college student and ex-gang member, is not ready to give up his wild ways until he meets a shy classmate named Kiara and becomes unwillingly involved in a drug ring.

Nothing Teen Book Nothing

Friedman, Robin, 1968-

Despite his outward image of popular, attractive high-achiever bound for the Ivy League college of his father's dreams, high school senior Parker sees himself as a fat, unattractive failure and finds relief for his overwhelming anxieties in ever-increasing bouts of binging and purging.

Lush Teen Book Lush

Friend, Natasha, 1972-

Samantha is forced to face the harsh reality of alcoholism within her own family as she tries to cope with her father’s addiction and its devastating effects on those she loves the most.

Inconvenient Teen Book Inconvenient

Gelbwasser, Margie.

Alyssa Bondar, living in a New Jersey suburb with her Russian parents, wants to concentrate on a new boyfriend and her friends, but when Alyssa's mother's drinking problem gets out of control she feels it is up to her to hold her family together.

Fat kid rules the world Teen Book Fat kid rules the world

Going, K. L. (Kelly L.)

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a drug addicted homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Saint Iggy Teen Book Saint Iggy

Going, K. L. (Kelly L.)

When he is kicked out of high school, Iggy Corso leaves home, determined to make something of his life, but runs into many obstacles, including the dealer who got his mom hooked on drugs.

Looking for Alaska :   a novel Teen Book Looking for Alaska : a novel

Green, John, 1977-

Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Blood brothers Teen Book Blood brothers

Harazin, S. A.

With his best friend on life-support after taking drugs at a party, seventeen-year-old Clay, a medical technician, recalls their long friendship, future plans, and recent disagreement, and tries to figure out who is responsible for the accidental overdose.

Suckerpunch Teen Book Suckerpunch

Hernandez, David, 1964-

Shy, seventeen-year-old Marcus and his sixteen-year-old brother, Enrique, accompanied by two friends, drive from their home in southern California to Monterey to confront the abusive father who walked out a year earlier, and who now wants to return home

The beginner's guide to living Teen Book The beginner's guide to living

Hills, Lia.

Struggling to cope with his mother's sudden death and growing feelings of isolation from his father and brother, seventeen-year-old Will turns to philosophy for answers to life's biggest questions, while finding some solace in a new love.

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