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You know when you get done a really great book and wish that it would have never ended? These are some suggestions of books that you might want to read to cheer you up. Similar in plot or content, they might just satisfy that urge to read more.


Racial issues seen through a young girl's eyes
To Kill a Mockingbird
Thorpe
Obviously nothing is going to live up to the greatness that is Mockingbird, but Thorpe has some very similar themes and a somewhat similar writing style.


Troubled teens creating chaos in the family
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel (P.S.)
Family History: A Novel
Defending Jacob: A Novel
Family History has more of a sense of dawning horror than Kevin but both represent the nightmare a parent's life can become when a problem child acts out.


Adults working for minimum wage
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
A Working Stiff's Manifesto: Confessions of a Wage Slave
Nickel and Dimed represents a female approach and a more experimental attitude while Working Stiff is told from a man's point of view and represents a way of life.


True crime
Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley?
A Season in Purgatory
Dominick Dunne's novel is a work of fiction loosely based on the facts of the Moxley murder. He gained permission from Martha's mother to write it.


Poverty in the city from a young girl's point of view
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)
The Noonday Friends (Harper Trophy Books)
The Noonday Friends is a shorter snapshot of the lifestyle described in Brooklyn, so the scope is much more refined and is fine reading for a young girl. The same themes of poverty, unemployment, city life and the importance of perseverence and imagination are similar in both books.


Faith healing
Keeping Faith: A Novel (P.S.)
The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn: A Novel
Both books focus on a young girl who is apparently healing others and the practical issues of trying to live a normal life around such a "miracle".


Teen Survival
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Both are classic kids literature and feature ideals of self-sufficiency, survival and loneliness. Mountain is told from a boy's point of view and is totally voluntary while Island is told from a girl's point of view and is involuntary.


Dolls and Magic
Behind the Attic Wall (Avon Camelot Books)
Magic Elizabeth
Both are tales of magical dolls, both feature girls being sent to live with scary relatives. The difference is in the details but they're both great reads.


Teen girls dealing with the pressures of school, love and journalists
Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, Book 1)
Prep: A Novel
Both books are told from the point of view of a teenage girl. Sloppy Firsts focuses on public high school and Prep deals with boarding school but both are rocked by a shocking news story.


Depressed, cynical guys expelled from prep school
The Catcher in the Rye
Perv--a Love Story
Again, you won't ever beat a classic but Perv features a very similar character in similar circumstances as Holden Caulfield. Perv is definitely much more explicit however.


Travel to visit the sites of famous death in the US
Assassination Vacation
Take a trip to experience first-hand three presidential assassinations.
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
Travel around the US to visit the sites of many rock and roll deaths.


Experience death and the afterlife through the eyes of a young girl - both of these stories are told in a sensitive and fresh voice
The Lovely Bones
This focuses more on watching her loved ones still alive and hoping they will find her killer. Great story!
Elsewhere
The main thrust of this story is what the afterlife is like, although Liz does spend quite a bit of time watching her family and friends back on Earth. Loved it!


True stories of women suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder caused by severe abuse and trauma in their childhoods
Sybil: The true and extraordinary story of a woman possessed by sixteen separate personalities
When Rabbit Howls


Being raised as a different sex from your biological sex

Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl


Tomboyish Pioneer Girls

The Little House Collection Box Set (Full Color)
Caddie Woodlawn


Multi-generational friendships between men

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers


Bred for Organ Donation?

My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
Never Let Me Go


Summer Retreats

Colony
The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home


Autistic boys searching for clues about a missing parent

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


Scary Contests!

The Lottery and Other Stories (FSG Classics)
The Long Walk


Diaries of a Young Girl During War

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo, Revised Edition


Women are mere possessions in Saudi Arabia

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arab
Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia


Young adult fiction about burn victims

Firegirl
Face


Poor Irish Memoirs

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

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Racial issues seen through a young girl's eyes
1.  To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
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Troubled teens creating chaos in the family
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4.  Family History: A Novel  by Dani Shapiro
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5.  Defending Jacob: A Novel  by William Landay
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Adults working for minimum wage
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7.  A Working Stiff's Manifesto: Confessions of a Wage Slave  by Iain Levison
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True crime
8.  Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley?  by Mark Fuhrman
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9.  A Season in Purgatory  by Dominick Dunne
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Poverty in the city from a young girl's point of view
10.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.) [Deckle Edge]  by Betty Smith
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11.  The Noonday Friends (Harper Trophy Books)  by Mary Stolz
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Faith healing
12.  Keeping Faith: A Novel (P.S.)  by Jodi Picoult
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13.  The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn: A Novel  by Janis Hallowell
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Teen Survival
14.  My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)  by Jean Craighead George
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Dolls and Magic
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17.  Magic Elizabeth  by Norma Kassirer
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Teen girls dealing with the pressures of school, love and journalists
18.  Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, Book 1)  by Megan McCafferty
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19.  Prep: A Novel  by Curtis Sittenfeld
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Depressed, cynical guys expelled from prep school
20.  The Catcher in the Rye  by J. D. Salinger
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21.  Perv--a Love Story  by Jerry Stahl
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Travel to visit the sites of famous death in the US
22.  Assassination Vacation  by Sarah Vowell
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23.  Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story [Bargain Price]  by Chuck Klosterman
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Experience death and the afterlife through the eyes of a young girl - both of these stories are told in a sensitive and fresh voice
24.  The Lovely Bones  by Alice Sebold
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25.  Elsewhere  by Gabrielle Zevin
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True stories of women suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder caused by severe abuse and trauma in their childhoods
26.  Sybil: The true and extraordinary story of a woman possessed by sixteen separate personalities  by Flora Rheta Schreiber
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27.  When Rabbit Howls  by Truddi Chase
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Being raised as a different sex from your biological sex
28.  Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)  by Jeffrey Eugenides
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29.  As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl  by John Colapinto
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Tomboyish Pioneer Girls
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Multi-generational friendships between men
32.  Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson  by Mitch Albom
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Bred for Organ Donation?
34.  My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)  by Jodi Picoult
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Summer Retreats
36.  Colony  by Anne Rivers Siddons
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37.  The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home  by George Howe Colt
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Autistic boys searching for clues about a missing parent
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Scary Contests!
40.  The Lottery and Other Stories (FSG Classics)  by Shirley Jackson
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41.  The Long Walk  by Stephen King
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Diaries of a Young Girl During War
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Women are mere possessions in Saudi Arabia
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Young adult fiction about burn victims
46.  Firegirl  by Tony Abbott
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47.  Face  by Benjamin Zephaniah
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Poor Irish Memoirs
48.  All Souls: A Family Story from Southie  by Michael Patrick MacDonald
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