Troubled Teens Turning Corners

I write young adult fiction. All of my books deal with some kind of serious issue, such as anorexia, teen pregnancy, drinking, academic pressure, or suicide. Plus, there's a little romance to balance the tough stuff. Click image or title for book summary, reviews, sample chapter, and order information.


The Future Unborn

When a close family member loses a child, Kansas sees how she could fix everything, but it might cost her MIT and all her dreams for the future. Is she willing to carry this unwanted pregnancy to term? Will she be able to give the baby away?

"With some teen romance on the side, this is an absolute must read for any book lover." - InD'tale

Named a finalist in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards (2016) and runner-up the 2017 RONE Awards.

"Wow! I love how you tackle really difficult subjects with grace and compassion. Once again, your characters are flawless." - Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards


Hollow Beauty

When tall, gorgeous Brody asks Olivia to the prom, she's ecstatic--until he suggests that she use the two months before the dance to lose some weight. How thin is thin enough?

"This is a really thought provoking work that calls out the pressures and stresses surrounding the cult of image for young girls. Even if you don't have experience with eating disorders, this book is powerful and will resonate personally." By Jennifer M.

Named a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category.

"Standing ovation! Thank you for sharing your talents to help girls with their body image." - Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Drive to June

Adrianna is drowning her grief. Sixteen months ago, her mother died. With her father traveling so much, and her older sister away at college, no one notices that she's been slowly draining her mother's extensive wine collection. She drinks to forget an awful secret.

"...readers of all ages who like a heart tugging, coming of age story, laced with mystery, murder, and suspense, will enjoy this story." - Reader Views

First Place Winner (Young Adult) - 2015/2016 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award

"Your storytelling is superb. You tackle difficult subjects with style and grace. I can see your books helping many young girls with real problems that they face in their lives today." - Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards


Straight A's

As the day for report cards draws near, depression threatens to overwhelm Kim, and she makes secret preparations for committing suicide. What will it take for her to realize that getting a B isn’t the end of the world?

"Absorbing and intriguing. A great book about a troublesome subject." By momof3infl

"This book actually inspired me because some of the events she was living were similar to my own world. I've come to realize that straight a's isn't everything in life. Thank you Khristina Chess for writing this inspirable book." - By TinkerBell