Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (#3): Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects. Here are my ten, in no particular order...
How to Save a Life
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1) How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

This beautiful book with many important themes really found a place in my heart. It is a sad yet happy story of two people, or more, finding the path to themselves. Both abuse and grief are touched on expertly in this novel.

The Sky Is Everywhere
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2) The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I was pretty much rendered speechless by the profound truth and meaning I found in The Sky is Everywhere. It is funny at some times, gut-wrenching at others, and powerful for the rest of the time. This is one of the best books I know that handle grief.

Second Chance Summer
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3) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Taylor, the main character, was totally relatable to me and her emotions, thoughts and flaws felt utterly, compellingly real. I especially loved her growth in this novel – she came to terms with, confronted and conquered her fears and insecurities. The way the family became tight was simply heart-warming.

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4) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Wintergirls is such an insightful, moving story dealing with difficult topics. I strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to read about how an eating disorder affects a person's life.

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
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5) Where She Went by Gayle Forman

The girl he loves left Adam without explanation. He also grieves the deaths of her family members who were close to him. This really was an emotional read, I cried buckets. Wonderful.

Looking for Alaska
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6) Looking for Alaska by John Green   

A well-written book that sucked me in, Looking for Alaska also handled a tough subject masterfully. John Green is amazing!

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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7) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne                           

Through the eyes of a na├»ve German boy, the horrors of the Second World War are depicted through such an innocent perspective that I couldn’t help shivering. Thought-provoking!

Hate List
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8) Hate List by Jennifer Brown             

School shootings are definitely difficult issues to handle. For the main character of the Hate List, Valerie, it is even more difficult because it was her boyfriend who was behind it, killing people they both shared their hate for. Worth reading for sure.

Thirteen Reasons Why
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9) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher                                           

This was awful, in a way, because from the very beginning we know that there is no hope for Hannah anymore. Yet as a reader, I couldn’t help wishing she would have survived as the reasons behind the terrible act are uncovered slowly in an original way.

Veronika Decides to Die
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10) Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho                                                          

Veronika has attempted suicide but she didn’t succeed. This novel is powerful and beautifully written, maybe even my favourite Coelho book.
So those were my Top Ten this week - what are yours? List them in the comments or leave a link to your blog and I'll stop by!


  1. I've been meaning to pick up the Hate List for forever and I think I may be the only person on the planet who hasn't read 13 Reasons yet. Great list!
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  2. Hi Eve! What a great list. I lent my mom "How to Save a Life". I was so amazed by this story, and just how different it was. There is absolutely so much going on there that makes it perfect for this list.

    And Wintergirls. I feel like that book is haunting me. I have it, and still have not read it.

    Hope you have a great Tuesday!

  3. I only read Alaska but it wasn't really great for me. The rest are on my TBR list, more or less.

    My TTT

  4. I had Second Chance Summer just sitting on my shelf for so long and now you got me interested in it.
    As for Hate List, I had always wanted to read it.
    Awesome list! (:

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  5. The Hate List made my list too! I need to read How to Save a Life and Second Chance Summer, but I am not in a crying kind of mood! Love The Sky is Everywhere. http://wp.me/pzUn5-1uA

  6. Thanks for commenting everyone!! =)