So, I don’t typically read a lot of books with tough subjects. Part of it is by accident (most fantasy YA books don’t deal with a lot of major emotional or mental issues) and part of it is that I read books and watch movies to escape and don’t really seek out those tough subjects of my own volition.
I have enjoyed the occasional ugly cry with books and at movies, but it’s not my favorite. For that reason, the books I listed only deal with some tough-ish issues and aren’t really heavy hitters.
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Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects
1Poison Study- Yelena deals with abuse issues from her past, having been held captive by slavers.
2Daughter of the Forest- This book very boldly deals with rape. It’s a tough scene to read, but I thought the author handled it really well.
3Mercy Thompson series- Something pretty crazy happens to Mercy in one of the middle books (maybe #2 or #3). I don’t want to say exactly what because it’s sort of a spoiler.
4The Picture of Dorian Gray- This book has MAJOR issues all up inside its pages. We’re talking greed and murder all the way.
5The Hunger Games- I would say kids killing each other for sport is a tough subject – especially when Collins spares no one.
6The Sweet Far Thing- This book is really interesting in that it deals with sexuality in a Victorian-era setting. It was definitely a different take on the time period
7A Long, Long Sleep- This book also talks about abuse – but more in the sense of emotional abuse and instability. It is a really moving and powerful book.
8Heart’s Blood- The issue of beauty and disfigurement was handled in Heart’s Blood. It’s a topic that isn’t brought up in a lot of books.
9Darker Still— The main character in Darker Still is deaf and is treated like a lower class citizen in early century New York City.
10The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer— A lot of mental disorders are mentioned and brought up in this novel.
Have you read a lot of books that deal with tough issues? What have been your favorites?