Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects
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2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - Another WWII story made heartbreakingly sad through the words of a young girl named Liesel. Being a kid, and growing up in the middle of war is one of the hardest experiences there is.
3. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - It's a haunting and riveting story that won me over because of it's prose which somewhat took away the grisliness of such a topic as eating disorders but did not fail in making me realize it's actual gravity.
4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak deals with a traumatic event that led Melinda to suppress her feelings and shut herself out of the real world. I appreciated it's honest depiction of a teen's internal monologue.
5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - This book tackles bullying and suicide which have seemingly become a cause and effect thing. I appreciate how Oliver used the whole "groundhog day" spin in telling the story and made use of the point of view of the bully.
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Amidst Charlie's sweetness, innocence and sensitivity and all of his mixed tapes and Christmas gifts, is a somewhat dark experience. And I loved how Chbosky created that mix of light and dark through the character of Charlie.
7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - I cannot elaborate on this book's plot for fear of spoilers but it's a story that sparks an ethics debate, about the idea of humans playing God. It has a haunting and melancholy air to the story that somewhat stays with you long after you're done.
8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - A novel that explores faith and spirituality. All told through an unlikely adventure in a life boat with a young boy, a tiger, an orangutan, a hayena, and a zebra.
9. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - War, rebellion, exploitation of children, violence. The Hunger Games Trilogy contains a whole slew of moral and societal issues embedded inside a story with non-stop action and sympathetic characters.
10. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - Another novel filled with moral and ethical dilemmas, and religious issues. And just like Hunger Games, central to it would be the themes of war, and the exploitation of children, along with bullying as well, only it is set in space. And whilst this is science fiction, one does not have to worry about getting confused with a whole bunch of technical and scientific jargon, the story has very few of those. It is very to easy to get into and terribly is exciting.