Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Tackle Tough Issues

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week we're talking about books that tackle tough issues. These are not all YA books.

Andrea's picks are odd, Tevya's are even...
* Click on the title to be taken to a summary at GoodReads*

1. Burned by Ellen Hopkins (Religion, Gender Issues, Teen Pregnancy, Physical Abuse)

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett  (Race Issues)

3. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (Emotional Abuse, Depression)

4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Rape, Depression)

5. Shine by Lauren Myracle (Homosexual Discrimination, Hate Crimes)

6. Freefall by Mindi Scott (Alcoholism, Death)

8. Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Homelessness, Poverty, Death)

9. South of Broad by Pat Conroy (Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, AIDs, Discrimination)

10. Cut by Patricia McCormick (Self-Mutilation)


  1. Ooh, I bought Burned AGES ago and haven't gotten around to reading it. I'm intrigued now since it's at the top of your list!

  2. @BabyBird - Burned was so hard for me to read. It goes through so many issues, but it is also one you won't forget. It is my favorite Ellen Hopkins book, but be prepared to cry.

  3. thanks for following! [:
    I'm following you now too.

    Great list! I definitely need to read more of Hopkins' books, like burned, they are amazing. [:

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate

  4. Oh, I love that you included The Help, that book was fantastic. I have Freefall sitting on my shelf, I can't wait to read it, I think it sounds awesome! Great list :)

  5. I must read Shine. Everyone is talking about it and I only heard of it today! I also like that you have Sorta Like a Rock Star on your list. I contemplated adding it but, as usual, my list got away from me.


  6. I have been wanting to read The Help, but haven't had a chance yet. Wintergirls & Shine are also fabulous picks! :D

  7. Yay! We picked some of the same ones! Ellen Hopkins is definitely a good pick. Anything by her works for this list, really. And I'm glad you picked The Help! :o)

    Oh yeah, YAY Freefall!! I really liked that book!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  8. Shine and Sorta Like a Rockstar are new to me. I think they'll be headed for my wish list. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by and for the follow. =)

  9. Great list! I need to read: Shine, Cut, Wintergirls, and Freefall. Next week. Promise.

  10. I've heard of many of these but have yet to read any of them! I'll definitely be adding a few of them to my TBR list!

  11. I want to try The Help, nice list.

    My Top Ten

  12. I haven't heard of these but they sound really great.
    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten.

  13. Nice List. I didn't even think of "The Help".

  14. Great list! I will definitely be adding a few of these to my TBR list.

  15. thanks for stopping by. the help is one i tried, but couldn't get far in to. i was thinking i should try it again on audio, now that the movie is coming out. i haven't heard of most of your picks, may have to look into some of them =D


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