Other authors not noted below include: M T Anderson, Chris Lynch and Jacqueline Woodson.
Six award-winning young adult authors write their takes on what it means for teens to come to terms with the Real World for the first time:
K.L. Going's "Survival": A high school senior‚ who was chosen to speak at her graduation‚ is pushed into the real world before she's ready when her conniving sister and traitorous male best friend begin an illicit relationship behind her back. What she learns from this about survival is revealed in her graduation address.
Beth Kephart's "The Longest Distance": A high school senior tries to make sense of life and death after her best friend commits suicide.
An Na's "Complications": An eighteen-year-old single mother combats the harsh realities of the real world by using her smarts and her good looks to get what she wants.