Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects:
- Looking for Alaska by John Green: I won’t go into what the specific subject is because I don’t want to spoil it for the people on this planet who don’t know, but this book changed my life.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: A book about teenagers with cancer shouldn’t have been funny, but somehow it was. I laughed as I was crying. It was attractive.
- All These Lives by Sarah Wylie: And for another version of the teen cancer theme, we have a book told from the POV of the cancer patient’s twin sister. Dani, the narrator, isn’t very likeable, but she was realistic, and that was important.
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: This is a book that every single person ever should read. End of story.
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: Everyone warned me about the first 100 pages; no one warned me about the last 100. Taylor and her search for her drug addict mother who abandoned her grew on me, and I didn’t realize until I finished the book just how much I loved it.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I read it last year. I think it’s a really interesting twist to cast a sympathetic Death as the narrator.
- Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler: This book also appeared on my “light and fun” list last week. I think the beach read quality to this one is probably what makes it such a great book for this subject.
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares: Like Twenty Boy Summer, this one is deceptive. It’s another great beach read, but it also touches on a lot of sensitive subjects – grief, sexuality, family – in a really accessible way.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Junior uses his cartoons and sense of humor to navigate the tensions of growing up on an Indian reservation while attending the local high school in town.
- The DUFF by Kody Keplinger: This is one of the few books I’ve come across dealing with teen female sexuality, which is unfortunate, because it does a great job exploring the main character, Bianca’s, reasons for pursuing a meaningless relationship with popular boy Wesley.
What are your favorite books dealing with tougher subjects?