11. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Born as a “savior sibling” for her sister who has Leukemia, Anna fights back when she is asked to donate a kidney to her ill sister. The tale of Anna’s quest for medical emancipation from her parents and the right to make her own decisions will keep you riveted.

12. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Two rival socioeconomic groups tangle in this coming of age tale. S.E. Hinton was 15 when she started writing The Outsiders and her descriptions of high school life in the 60s ring true. Many moms may also have grown up loving Francis Ford Coppola’s movie version of the book.