Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, we'll make a list of our top ten something* and this week, it's the Top Ten  Books Dealing With Tough Subjects. This is a tough one for me but I'll do my best.
*In no particular order

1. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
This book deals with the grief of losing a sibling to suicide. It's a very touchy subject and suicide isn't something that people generally like discussing, it's one of those uncomfortable topics, however it is extremely important and one that needs to addressed- especially with teens. 
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
As most of you will be familiar with, this book deals with the issue of cancer in young people. Putting aside the star-crossed love theme of the book, if you think about what it represents, it's a very deep and emotional story. 
3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is an amazing book that deals with the issues of prejudice, injustice, racism, social-class, etc. A lot of serious issues are represented in this book.
4. Girls Saves Boy by Steph Bowe
Similar to The Fault in Our Stars, this book is about a boy living with a terminal disease who falls in love with the girl who saves him from drowning in a lake.
5. Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Another one by Hannah, this book deals with the issue of homosexuality and the different viewpoints people have of people who are gay in a high school environment. 
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This book is again set in a high school environment and deals with issues like popularity and fitting in, while subtly dealing with the issues of mental illness and sexual harassment. 
7. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
This is an incredible book. It's centered around the abduction of a girl from an airport, and if I remember correctly, the issue of stalking.
8. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
This book is the true story of the author's life when she was a young girl. She was the black sheep of the family, so to speak, and was forced to suffer through a lot of abuse.
9. Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers
This is a short story written in letters/notes left on a fridge door that depicts the daily life of a teenage girl and her mother who develops breast cancer.
10. Charlotte's Webb by E.B White
I know this is a children's book, but when you think about what the characters represent, it's really a story about someone who is forced to move away from home and doesn't fit in in his new environment and then the only friend he makes dies. It's deep, guys. It's a tough subject, the death of a friend. 

That's all for this Tuesday, I hope you've enjoyed my list! Leave your comments below and links to your lists so I can check them out! Thank you! :-)


  1. Never thought of Charlotte's Web like that... interesting. And I hope to read Perks soon- the movie was astounding!
    My TTT

    1. Haha! Perks is an amazing book! I hope you get the chance to read it soon. :)

  2. Great List- To Kill A Mockingbird is a great choice!
    Here is my TTT-


  3. Nice list! I've read about half of these and all of them ARE tough books to read. Important, though, because of what they teach us. That's why I like issue books, even though they're so hard to digest sometimes.

    1. I agree completely. You've read half of them? You have good taste in books. :)

  4. I've always wanted to read The Fault in Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, most definitely will be keeping them in mind when I need something emotional or touching :)

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

    1. Great idea, they're both amazing books. I hope you get around to reading them soon. :)