The storyline is set in present day.
Books for Guys
All Fall Down by Ally Carter [Book 1 in the Embassy Row series]
Since her mother died three years ago, sixteen-year-old Grace has been living with her ambassador grandfather in Adria, Italy, where he is currently placed. The problem is that she is the only one who believes that her mother was murdered. Her grandfather’s role and her home among diplomats from all over the world mean that Grace is supposed to behave in a certain way, and that means not trying to solve her mother’s supposed murder. And all the politics around her mean that it’s hard to know who to trust while she intends to go on doing just that. Grace knows that there’s more at stake than closure for her mother’s loss; in the politically-charged world around her, potential danger to the ambassadors could have ramifications for entire countries.
Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash
One day, Alys Aronson’s brother Luke became a shooter at their high school, taking down fifteen people but refraining from killing his sister. She can’t ask why, because he killed himself, too. Alys is left to deal with an intense, confusing storm of emotions, including shock, horror, feeling judged by her community, guilt put on herself for not being able to stop it from happening, and of course immense grief for all those lives lost, including Luke’s.