Realistic Fiction

Friends, Enemies, and Crushes

Drama. What’s middle school without the “D” word? We hate it. We love it. Throw together some friends and enemies. Top it off with a crush or two. Voila. Instant drama. If you’re looking for middle school disasters, mix-ups, and competitions, all of that is also in store for you with any of these picks. My personal favorite is The Sleepover by Jen Malone.

You’re Invited by Jen Malone

Sadie loves helping her mother with her event planning business. When she accidentally ruins a wedding, she strikes out on her own. She partners with three friends to plan a southern mystery party and a fashionista party for two bratty classmates.

Crushing It by Joanne Levy

Kat and Tyler have been best friends forever. Over the summer he turned good-looking and Kat is suddenly seeing her longtime friend in a different way. Complicating the situation is her pretty cousin Olivia who would like nothing more than to attend the fall dance with Tyler. Since Olivia and Tyler have nothing in common, she needs Kat’s help to make it happen.

Cake Pop Crush by Suzanne Nelson

Alicia has the distinction of being the daughter of the town’s only baker. Their business is threatened when a new bakery chain opens across the street. As bad luck would have it, the cute, new boy is the son of the bakery developer. Alicia is getting crushed by the competition, but she’s determined to get back on top. 

The Sleepover by Jen Malone

It’s Anne Marie’s birthday and she’s having a sleepover to remember. The next morning one girl is missing an eyebrow, there’s a bunch of baby ducks in the bathtub, the basement is a mess, and Anne Marie is missing. The last thing they remember is Anne Marie’s stepsister inviting a hypnotist to the party. They have no idea what they were doing all night.

Lost in Rome by Cindy Callaghan

Lucy and her older sister Gianni are headed to Rome for two weeks to help their aunt turn around her struggling pizzeria. Gi uses her decorating talents to amp up the ambience and Lucy uses her matchmaking skills to bring customers together based on their pizza topping preferences. But how good is she at finding her own match?

You Throw Like a Girl by Rachele Alpine

When there aren’t enough girls to form a softball team, Gabby has no other option than to pose as a boy and play on the baseball team. To please her mom, she also decides to be in the beauty pageant. Keeping her two selves a secret is proving harder than she thought.

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

Amanda and Leo have always celebrated their birthdays together. Since their disastrous 10th birthday, they haven’t spoken. Amanda’s 11th birthday is turning out to be no better. When she wakes up the next morning she realizes she is destined to repeat it. Again. And again. And again. Only Leo can help her leave that birthday behind.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

Three mothers. Four daughters who can’t stand each other. Meeting monthly to discuss Little Women is absolutely the last thing these girls want to do. Before all is said and done they are going to change their minds about the book and each other.

Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne

When Celeste’s aunt enters her in a pageant for plus-sized girls, she’s mortified. Her mortal enemy is going to have a field day with this. There’s only one thing Celeste can do. Give up the cookies, lose weight and become disqualified.

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