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The topic of today is “Books with “Hard” Topics (ie mental health, sexual assault, illness, etc)“. These are in no particular order.
I finished this one last week as part of a readalong with Trang from @bookidote. I still need to write the review, but it’s coming soon. You probably all know what this is about already, but for those who don’t it deals with the struggles of a quadriplegic man who used to lead a very big life. It deals with depression and the much debated issue of assisted suicide.
Room by Emma Donoghue
You probably all know about this too, but it’s about a young girl who was kidnapped at 19 and put in a soundproof shed. The book is narrated by her five year old son, who was born in the room and doesn’t know any different. It’s deals with various dark and serious issues that comes with such a kidnapping; rape, isolation, desperation, etc. It’s a good book and a good movie too.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This is a book about a 10 year old boy with a severe facial deformity that cause him to feel like an outcast, like people look at him like a monster. There’s also bullying involved. At the end of the day it’s an uplifting story though.
Who doesn’t love a good teen murder drama? I sure do, that’s why I’m reading Dangerous Girls as we speak. Anyway, The Basic Eight explores teen murder, as well as drug and alcohol use and sexual assault. If you like really unreliable narrators and character driven stories you might want to check this out.
Here’s some literary/historical fiction for you guys, but it is also labeled as a YA coming-of-age story on Goodreads. I read this for class back in early 2014 so I don’t remember the details, but I gave it 4 stars. It’s about a woman on a reservation who gets attached and faces heavy trauma because of it. Her teenage son, the narrator, try to help his depressed and traumatized mother as well as uncover the mystery about who hurt her. I remember enjoying it a lot, and there’s a lot of interesting things in here about Natives in general.
What’s your favorite “hard topic” book? I haven’t read a lot of the popular YA ones about mental health and suicide, but I do have some of them on by tbr.