Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week’s theme: Top Ten Books That Tackle Tough Issues
1. “Rage (The Horsemen Quartet #2)” by Jackie Kessler: Between this and “Wintergirls”, I feel this book tackles the topic of self-harm (specifically, cutting) the best through the allegory of the Judeo-Christian concept of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. You can read my review in the archives for more info, but the way Kessler did this was perfect for the YA market, which desperately needs to know about the dangers of self-harm as soon as (and early as possible).
2. “XVI” by Julia Karr: Couched in a future dystopia, this book makes the argument for how vulnerable teen girls are concerning sex and being preyed upon by those that would take advantage of them – particularly, by government promotion of abstinence education over solid sex education (which is slowly changing, thank god), as well as popular culture/media’s feast on the teenage female body. One of the best books that’s approached all of these little topics within the larger one, to be honest.
3. “Where She Went (If I Stay #2)” by Gayle Forman: One of the best on how severe psychological/physiological trauma affects teens and everyone/their relationships to everyone around them. This book is the second of two tackling the subject, and is the “effect” book (book one being the “cause” book) and does it really well. See my review in the archives for more.
4. “White Oleander” by Janet Fitch: One of my personal favorites, this one talks about how parental neglect and the disgrace that is the American foster care system affects one particular teen. We watch our heroine grow up under all of this duress, and the argument can be made that had she had a bit more of a stable home, she wouldn’t have gone through so much pain.
5. “Miss World” by Randi Black: This one definitely deserves more praise/attention when it comes to talking about sexual assault and its aftermath, regardless of age. Sexual assault is never an easy topic to talk about, but Black does it boldly, but with tact. Definitely deserves a read.
And I can’t think of anything else at the moment. What are your top ten this Tuesday?