Happyface by Stephen Emond
On the surface it seems like another Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alike, but there’s a lot more to Happyface than that. There’s awesome doodles and pictures accompanying the story that help you really get to know the narrator and picture the other characters in the book. The story starts out typical enough, but the plot twists that come along the way are anything but typical and the book takes on some serious issues as it moves along. It’s really great piece of realistic fiction for older teens and it’s a great quick read to pick up and get pulled in right away.