Realistic Fiction

By realistic fiction, I mean a plausible story that seems as if it could be completely true. Occasionally books in this category require a bit of suspending disbelief, but generally these stories are non-fiction-esque. They tend to just be any fictional story that has no elements of magic or fantasy.

10 / 10 (Fantastic!)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Laika by Nick Abadzis

9 / 10 (Really Great!)
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
One Second After by William R. Forstchen

8 / 10 (Great!)
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The New Centurions by Joseph Wambaugh
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Black Tower by Louis Bayard
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Tamar by Mal Peet

7 / 10 (Good)
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Titanic: The Long Night by Diane Hoh
Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates
Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
Zorro by Isabel Allende
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
Where the Lilies Bloom by Bill and Vera Cleaver

6 / 10 (Fair)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Paper Towns by John Green
Notes From the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
Slam by Nick Hornby
Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Sketches by Eric Walters
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

5 / 10 (Not Very Good)
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Shards by Ismet Prcic
The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

4 / 10 (Bad)
Various Positions by Martha Schabas

The Chosen by Chaim Potok