I'm joining TGIF again today. This meme is hosted by GReads. It's a chance to recap the week on our blog and answer a question.
Today's question: Issue books. Which YA books have you found that do a good job tackling tough issues?
Issue books can be hard to read, but they're important. I mean, we all have issues. Readers may find the courage to seek help after recognizing themselves or a loved one in a character and realizing they aren't alone. I look for issue books that are a) realistic and b) non-preachy. Here are some of my favorites:
Eating disorders: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Stone Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
Teen pregnancy: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Abusive relationships: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolfe, Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker, Stay by Deb Caletti
Bullying: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Some Girls by Courtney Summers, Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, Keep Holding On by Susane Colisanti
Also: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (recommended by Jennifer @Some Like It Paranormal)
Suicide: Saving June by Hannah Harrington, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Beauty/Appearance Issues: My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend, The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
Also: The List by Siobhan Vivian (recommended by Steph @ FakeSteph); The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (recommended by Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer)
Tell me about your favorite "issue books" in comments! Then scroll down and enter Freebie Friday!!Recap of this week on the blog:
Monday was all about mermaids. If you want to find out how I feel about mermaid books and/or get mermaid recommendations, click this highlighted text.
Tuesday I highlighted all the great new YA books that released this past week.
Wednesday I talked about my love for mythology and told you about Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Thursday I went steampunk with Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Next week I'll be at BEA (Book Expo America)! I'll run some scheduled posts and try to blog updates as often as I can. It's my first time, so I have no idea what to expect. Except that I'm super-nervous.