Winger by Andrew Smith. Younger than his classmates at a boarding school, Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team.
When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of The Motherland.
The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson. Recommended by Bookbag - Teens, 5 stars. Summary: Stunning dual narrative story is hugely powerful, and explores gender identity issues with wonderful characters and a hopeful ending.
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents and his family that he has never asked before.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky. Really enjoyed this one. Set up in letter format throughout from the "wallflower's" pov, Charlie. Lots of drugs, smoking & other teen hazards. But a great read, lots of deep thinking.
Ash by Malinda Lo, recommended for grades 8 and up. A retelling of the Cinderella tale in which the title character falls in love with the king's Huntress. Love different adaptations of classics
When We Wake / Karen Healey. Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027 - she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice. But on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies - and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.