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Monday, May 13, 2013

Top Ten Books That Hit the Tough Issues

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects
This meme is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.  Go check them out.
1.  Any of Ellen Hopkins's Books
I normally can sum up her books with one word.  Intense.  Ok maybe two words.  Super intense.  Despite, or perhaps because of, the intensity, I really admire and love her books.  Ellen Hopkins is never afraid to tackle the tough issues.  

2.  Pushing the Limits and Dare You To by Katie McGarry
So I just finished Dare You To.  My gosh, the crazy.  Anyways, both books focus on characters that have severe issues.  I mean complicated with a capital C.  Plus they are amazing!!  

3.  Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
In this book, Eleanor is living in poverty.  I really thought Ms. Rowell did a great job of showing that part of the world that we all live in.  

4.  Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein
Anyone who reads my blog knows that I adore Lisa Burstein.  I've been singing her praises for the past two books she wrote, plus an incredible novella.  Anyways, both of her characters live in the real world and face some serious issues.  

5.  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This was a book I read in middle school, but I still reread it from time to time.  The book was one of the most remarkable books to address sexual assault among teens.  

6.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Cancer books are always super depressing for me.  John Green tends to create non-traditional among the norm.  The book faces fatal diseases which is always pretty intense.  

7.  Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
School shootings are probably one of the key terms associated with tough issues.  Throw in a serious case of bullying, and you have an amazing novel dealing with a serious issue that should be addressed.  

8.  Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Dealing with sexual assault is hard and tough and comes with unimaginable consequences.  This book does an amazing job at addressing such an issue.  

9.  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
There are really no words to really explain how intense and tough this book is.  

10.  Night by Elie Wiesel  
Holocaust from a survivor's point of view?  Yeah intense to the tenth power.

Honorable Mentions:
It Happened to Nancy by Anonymous Teenager
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


  1. Night is definitely list-worthy. I teach high school students and if you ask them what is one book they actually read they'll name that one, from their freshman year.

  2. Great list. I have Pushing The Limits on my list too and I'm hoping to read Dare You To soon as well.

  3. I have the Bell Jar on my list, too. I love it. I've been meaning to pick up Pretty Amy, but just haven't yet. Great list!
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  4. I also included Night in my list - glad to see someone else was gripped by it as much as I was!

  5. Jodi Picoult and Ellen Hopkins are two authors that know how to write a really good book on tough subjects. Great list!

  6. Dare You To! Gah, I agree, the crazyness! The story was pretty intense, and I can't help cringing everytime I remember about Beth's mother. Nice list, Deidra :-D

    Tirta I Prefer Reading
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  7. I always say I just don't like "issue" books but then again I love stuff like John Green's books and Lisa Burstein's books and Night! So I think I need to actually try some more because it seems like I might be lying when I say I don't like issue books. ;) Great list!


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