Genres like horror, sci-fi, and fantasy take us on extraordinary adventures and expand our imaginations. However, there’s something truly captivating about the stories that hit close to home and resonate with our own lives.
Realistic fiction is a genre that delves into the realm of possibility, creating narratives that could very well happen in real life. These novels construct believable settings and present characters who react just as real people would. Often, they incorporate factual historical events or draw inspiration from real places.
If you’re craving a mind-blowing experience with realistic fiction, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a handpicked selection of my all-time favorite realistic fiction books.
1. When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
Fifteen years ago, Kit’s sister Josie was tragically killed in a violent terrorist attack—or so Kit thought. That is, until she witnesses a woman on live TV who bears an uncanny resemblance to Josie. Determined to uncover the truth, Kit embarks on a journey to New Zealand. Along the way, she confronts long-buried traumas and questions whether she can rebuild her relationship with Josie.
2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Beneath the seemingly perfect facade of Shaker Heights, a well-to-do Cleveland suburb, lies a community deeply fractured. When Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl arrive, the delicate balance is disrupted. As perceptions crumble and secrets unravel, this story explores the raw truth that lies beneath the surface.
3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Set in 1969 in Kerala, India, this heart-wrenching tale follows the lives of Esthappen, Rahel, and their mother Ammu. When their English cousin Sophie Mol visits, an event occurs that shakes their family to its core. With illicit love, tragic loss, and profound grief in their wake, the question remains: Can the children ever heal from their pain?
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hazel, diagnosed with terminal cancer, knows her time is limited. However, her encounter with Augustus Waters proves that love can ignite even in the darkest of times. Will Hazel find a reason to live and embrace the experiences that await her?
5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Emily, usually reserved and cautious, is convinced by her friend Sloane to step out of her comfort zone. Together, they embark on a summer filled with adventures that challenge Emily’s inhibitions. But when Sloane mysteriously disappears, leaving behind a daring to-do list for Emily, she must find the courage to complete the tasks and uncover the truth.
6. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Ponyboy Curtis, a proud Greaser who rejects societal norms, believes the world consists of two types of people: the privileged Socs and the marginalized Greasers. However, after his friend Johnny commits a regrettable act, Ponyboy is forced to confront the shades of gray that exist in the world.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Christopher, a fifteen-year-old with a brilliant mind and an autism spectrum disorder, finds it challenging to connect with others. When a neighbor’s dog is mysteriously killed, Christopher decides to become a detective and unravel the truth behind the incident. This heartwarming and witty novel offers a unique perspective on the world.
8. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Melody, a physically disabled girl with an extraordinary mind, is often misunderstood by those around her. Despite her inability to speak, Melody possesses a remarkable memory. This gripping tale showcases her journey to break free from her physical limitations and reveal her true self to the world.
These realistic fiction novels will make you laugh, cry, and contemplate the intricacies of human experiences. So, grab a cozy spot, immerse yourself in these captivating stories, and let your imagination take flight!