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.
August Pullman's facial differences have prevented him from going to normal schools, but now he is starting grade at Beecher Prep and desperately wants to fit in. I would recommend this to any preteen/teen who has ever felt alienated.
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.