Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s topic should have been ‘books I disliked/hated but am glad I read anyway’. And truthfully, I was having a lot of trouble with that topic since the only books I can think of that I actually hated were the Fifty Shades of Grey books and I AM NOT glad I read them anyway… So I twisted the topic a bit to ‘books that were tough but I’m glad I read anyway’. But then that shifted a bit to ‘books with tough topics I want to read’ and in the end I mixed it all up anyway and made a post on ‘YA books dealing with tough topics’. So let’s just go with that, shall we? 🙂
Basically, these are all young adult books that deal with some pretty heavy, dark topics such as death, racism, rape culture, mental illness and so on. Pretty much all important topics to talk about and discuss, because even if they are tough to read they still deserve to have people be aware of them. Some of these I have read and adored despite the heavy topic. Others I unfortunately still have to read but have heard lots of praise about already.
Here we go!
“I was in love and love died and the pain you’ve left isn’t pain I can see myself having the strength to face again.”
History Is All You Left Me deals with mourning, as we follow Griffin, whose ex-boyfriend just passed away.
“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”
All The Bright Places deals with depression and suicide and starts when our two main characters meet on top of the school bell tower.
“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
The Hate U Give deals with racism and police brutality.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”
The Perks of Being A Wallflower deals with traumas, depression, abuse and anxiety as we follow our wallflower Charlie.
“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”
Forbidden deals with forbidden love and incest when a brother and sister end up falling in love.
“Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun”
This Is Where It Ends deals with a school shooting and is told over the span of 54 terrible minutes.
“I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”
The Fault in Our Stars deals with human mortality and two kids with cancer.
“Yeah, there are no more “colored” water fountains, and it’s supposed to be illegal to discriminate, but if I can be forced to sit on the concrete in too-tight cuffs when I’ve done nothing wrong, it’s clear there’s an issue. That things aren’t as equal as folks say they are.”
Dear Martin deals with racism and police brutality.
“Believing something existed and then finding out it didn’t was like reaching the top of the stairs and thinking there was one more step.”
Made You Up deals with schizofrenia and features Alex, a girl who can’t tell the difference between reality and delusion.
“But boys will be boys, our favorite phrase that excuses so many things, while the only thing we have for the opposite gender is women, said with disdain and punctuated with an eye roll.”
The Female of the Species deals with rape culture.