|Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.|
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects
When I read contemporary novels, my favorite ones are the ones that resonate, that make me think long after the last page is turned. They deal with tough subjects. For me, these are the best books in the genre!
Here's a list of the first ten books to come to mind that deal with hard-hitting issues.
In no particular order...
The tough issues are what drove me to this one in the first place. Both Echo and Noah had so much taken from them and have gone through so much ever since their respective tragedies. Despite being from different paths in life, they find one another and learn how to heal, how to let go, how to move on, how to embrace the future and leave the past behind. The journey these two embark on is incredible and by the novel's end, both have come so far.
2) ROOM by Emma Donoghue
This one was ripped straight from the headlines and reminds me so much of Jaycee Dugard's plight, though the current case dealing with Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight also fits this topic. It takes a while for this book to get moving, perhaps because it is told from the viewpoint of the child born in captivity, but once he escapes with his mother and learns what it means to live in the real world? Be still my beating heart.
3) OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper
I recommend this one all the time. I think every teacher needs this book in his/her classroom, that every kid needs to read this book. They need to understand the world through the eyes of their disabled classmates and understand how hard that life becomes when they're treated so unfairly. Melody is so much more than she appears to be, and this book redefines so many stereotypes.
I adore Daisy Whitney. I have a feeling her upcoming release WHEN YOU WERE HERE is going to usurp its older sister for this place in my heart, but until I read it, THE MOCKINGBIRDS still reigns supreme. I like the unique way Whitney handles the subject of date rape, because she focuses on gray matter, of what does and does not constitute rape. Too few books deal with this element.
5) FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma
I almost didn't read this one. The topic is more touchy than in other books, but it defines the characters and the hard realities that both Lochan and Maya both encounter. The book has some incredibly harrowing moments, and the characters resonated with me long after I finished reading the novel. Tabitha Suzuma knows how to tear out hearts!
So many of Jodi Picoult's books deal with hard-hitting topics that live on in my heart long after the last page is turned. I chose NINETEEN MINUTES over the others because it's more immediate. School shootings affect more lives, and we hear about them too frequently on the news. This wasn't the first book I read on the topic, nor was it the last. It was, however, the most effective, because it was told from so many different points of view and looked at from multiple angles, which is something that often helps flesh out Picoult's books.
8) RADIATE by Marley Gibson
This isn't necessarily the most gripping, captivating book to deal with cancer, and many will disagree with my choice of choosing RADIATE as my example in this category. What appeals to me the most about this one is that it's based on truth. Marley Gibson outlines her own struggle with cancer, albeit in a fictional way. I didn't know this until the end, and it became even more emotional to me. This book is so inspirational and uplifting. So many cancer-related novels are depressing, because the subject of cancer itself is, but Gibson manages to create a poignant book that resonates and lives on.
While TILT may not be Hopkins' best book to choose for this category, it's the only one I've read by her so far. I have copies of both her adult novel COLLATERAL and her upcoming release SMOKE sitting in my TBR pile, though, so this will change soon. Her writing is phenomenal and highly quotable. The subjects encountered in TILT--and surely her other books--are dark, gritty, raw. You can't help but care even as she rakes you over the coals.
What are your favorite books dealing with tough subjects?