1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green If you've seen the movie, the book is just as wonderful. This book will have you LOLing and crying, perhaps at the same time. Fall in love with Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster all over again! 2. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling Okay, I'll admit, technically this isn't one book. But it is one story and one that has shaped many of our lives. So that counts, right? With seven books in the series, it's hard not to fall in love with the characters and to empathize with them, so when one of them goes through something tough or even (gasp!) dies, you'll feel it. 3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano This book is part of The Chemical Garden Trilogy and it is fantastic! The novel follows Rhine Ellery, a sixteen-year-old girl who ends up in an unusual predicament (I will not spoil it for you!) who is separated from her twin brother, Rowan. Rhine has heterochromia, a rare condition that she was born with that left her with one blue eye and one brown eye, which sometimes grabs more attention than she desires. By the end of Wither, you'll be racing to go buy Fever and Sever too! 4. This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl, John Green, Lori Earl and Wayne Earl This is actually the journal of Esther, who passed away in 2010 from metastasized papillary thyroid cancer. Along with her own thoughts of what it's like to be a teenager living with cancer, there are also words from her parents, friends, and an introduction by John Green. As you read, you will slowly begin to feel as if you knew Esther in person and will be sobbing by the end. 5. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom This novel is a memoir of the fourteen Tuesdays Albom spent with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz. Although Albom is a successful sports writer for a newspaper, he visits Morrie every Tuesday and receives a lesson from the older gentleman. Each lesson is relevant to any reader's life and it's also a very quick read. You'll finish it in no time and then you'll go looking for more books by Albom! 6. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult Anna is the youngest of three and is specifically born to keep her older sister Kate alive. Kate suffers from a rare form of leukemia and both the girls undergo several surgeries before Anna turns thirteen. When Anna is told she will have to donate a kidney to save Kate's life, she refuses and sues her family for medical emancipation, the right to decide what procedures she will undergo. The story jumps back and forth between different characters in the story so you get a unique look into all the characters' histories and lives. It's also a film, but there are some major changes that make the novel worth reading. 7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Melinda struggles with depression as she is outcasted by her former friends. She is constantly ridiculed and seeks solace in her new art assignment, to capture the essence of a tree. Her artwork slowly brings her out of her shell and enables her to talk about the trauma she has experienced. This story does handle elements that may trigger some readers, so just be wary of that. 8. Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah This novel is absolutely gut-wrenching. Adeline is considered bad luck by her family due to her mother's death during child birth. For many years, Adeline is neglected and struggles to find a place where she feels loved and accepted. This is a story of Adeline overcoming her harsh childhood and finding a place where she belongs, in the world of literature.