Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This list was sooo easy this week. There’s a massive amount of YA books that deal with tough subjects, and these are some of the milder ones. Check it out below:
1) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Two cancer patients fall in love. And other stuff happens. So many feels.
2) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The MC’s dad is remarrying, and she’s not happy about it. Never an easy subject.
3) Love and Leftovers. Oh gosh. There’s a ton of issues that this book deals with. Where to start.
4) True Color series by Melody Carlson. This series delves into a plethora of issues, each book featuring a different one (self-harm, drinking, jealousy, loneliness, drugs, etc).
5) Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin series by Melody Carlson. Granted, I read this many years ago, but I vividly remember the weighty issues it touches on. Teen pregnancy, divorce, depression, etc…not a fun read in the least.
6) In Honor by Jessi Kirby. I love that this book deals with a situation a lot of girls have been put in: losing a male family member in the Iraq War. Honor faces grief when her brother dies overseas, and this spurs her to go on a spontaneous road trip with her bro’s bestie.
7) Just Between You and Me by Jenny B.  Jones. This book deals with a unique but common problem- the traumatic death of a parent- and illustrates how the character dealt with it.
8) To Save a Life by Jim and Rachel Britt. A teen hits rock bottom when his “perfect” life falls apart, and he learns to trust God and let Him take control of his life. One of the best books I’ve ever read- the movie is pretty good too. ;)
9) Unplanned by Abby Johnson. A really powerful read about an abortion clinic worker turned pro-life fighter. Both eye-opening and heart-wrenching.
10) The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson. A naïve pastor heads out on the streets of NYC and makes friends with some of the roughest crowds and gangs in the country. A definite Christian classic.
Share your Top Ten in the comments below!


  1. I just finished Golden by Jessi Kirby about a week ago and loved it. I'm definitely planning on picking up In Honor. TFioS was soooo sad. Great list!
    Natflix&Books' TTT

  2. Wow I haven't read any of these but they all sound fantastic. For some reason I truly love the tough books. Thank goodness these are a little lighter on the toughness than the ones on my list. Just thinking of the list makes me tired, let alone reading them.

    Following back! :)

  3. Love your list although I haven't read any of these. I see a few that could land on my TBR list.

  4. TFIOS is my the list of books I'm reading for this one-week read-a-thon I'm participating at the moment. I know the... tragedy that happens at the end. but even knowing, I know it's gonna hurt. Ugh.

  5. I knew I'd end up adding to my to-read list! As a new follower, I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts :)


  6. I'm with you -- I like issue novels, but I definitely prefer the milder ones! That being said, I've only read one of the titles on your list, but I do love TFIOS. It's by far the best kids with cancer book I've ever read.

  7. Unplanned caught my interest. TFIOS made my list as well. Thanks for stopping by my TTT. Following you on twitter :)

  8. Good list! The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Fault in Our Stars are on my to-read list. Thank you for stopping by my TTT list earlier, and for the follow (which I'm returning -- I like your blog!)

  9. Oh my goodness your blog page is SO FREAKING CUTE!! Gah, I'm seeing so many cute blog pages and I'm so jealous! ;) TFiOS is one of my ALL-TIME favorite books, but I didn't know if it counted as a tough subject book for the TTT...because it involves cancer and death (okay, yeah, those are tough subjects) but it was so much more than that...so I just didn't know if it qualified. Now I feel like I really should have added it. Bleh (to me)! Seriously LOOOOOOVE TFiOS.

    I've heard of The Stat. Prob. and To Save a Life, but have not yet read them. How many stars would you give those books? I've heard quite mixed reviews. Aaaand following! :D

  10. Holly- Thanks! I'm so glad you like it!!

    The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (gosh, I get so tired after typing that title out...I should just abbreviate like you do) and To Save A Life are both incredible books. I'd probably give five stars to both of them. I reviewed them and you can check those out here on the blog! Thanks for the follow! I love connecting with fellow bloggers, especially relatively new ones like you. =)

  11. I actually haven't read a lot of the books you put towards the bottom of the list. I'll definitely check out the True Color series.

  12. I haven't actually read any of the books on your list yet. Although, plenty of them are on my TBR list. :) I'm glad to know they're good, even if they're hard to read, emotionally.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  13. Awesome list! I didn't see a lot of these on other lists, it's good to see some new titles! Thank for stopping by!


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