Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes and the topics can be found at the Goodreads Group.
I apologize for not being very active, life has been pretty hectic the past few weeks but hopefully I will be able to post more often for a while.
Today’s topic is Hard Topics, so things that deal with topics that have trigger warnings for whatever reason. So while I’m recommending these ones, if any of them touch on a subject that would be hard for you to read about, I wouldn’t suggest them to you.
There are a lot of books that I have mentioned before on my blog that would be great for this topic, but I wanted to choose 5 that I normally don’t talk about.
In no particular order:
1. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Trigger warnings: Teen sexual content, cheating
This book follows Mercedes, who has sex with virgins so that their first times with their girlfriends isn’t awkward.
This book is wrong is so many ways, the topic really bothered me a lot, but I found it to be semi realistic in that “slutty girls” are people too. Mercedes home life was hard, her mother pretty much left her to own devices and she was trying to “help these guys.
I found it to be an important topic to talk about actually, a lot of people may disagree with me… But I said it in my review that it would be a good discussion book for teen sexuality, to read and discuss the issues that are brought up in it.
2. All of Ellen Hopkins books
Trigger warnings: Alcohol, mental illness, drug abuse, sexual abuse, rape… Etc.
Basically, be very careful when you pick up one of her books if you have issues with hard topics.
I’m specifically going to mention Identical because it was my favorite, it deals with mental health and some of the effects of post traumatic stress.
Also, Crank, which deals with a girl and her fall into drug addiction. This is her first book and I feel like the most important because it was inspired by her daughter and wanting to understand things from an addicts point of view.
Ellen Hopkins has a unique writing style, I personally prefer to listen to her books because I don’t really enjoy the style she writes in… I can’t really explain what it’s called, but it’s almost poetic/artistic the way she structures her story.
3. You Are Mine by Janeal Falor
Trigger warnings: Salvery, violence towards woman
This is a fantasy book about witches, it follows Serena who is sold to one of the high warlocks to be his wife. That’s it right there, the hard part of this book is the way the women are treated. They are considered to be on the level of dogs and it was so hard for me to read. Serena’s story becomes interesting when she is won by a warlock who doesn’t agree with this belief and she begins to learn more about who she is and what she can do as a person. I loved this book, it’s not a well known book and I’m pretty sure I got it as a free ebook at some point. But it has a cool magic system also, I think it’s a wonderful story.
4. Itch by Michele Kwasney
Trigger warnings: Death, child abuse
This is a middle grade book that follows Itch, who is dealing with the death of a family member who she was close to. She meets a girl and they become friends. When Itch discovers the issues that her new friend is having at home, she has an important decision to make. I really liked it and I can’t say much else about it without spoiling it, this one isn’t too harsh because it is geared towards an 11-13 year old audience.
5. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, sexual abuse, child abuse
Geeze, what do I say about this one… Honestly, I didn’t think this should have been a YA book. This topic is hard to read at any age but I didn’t think it should have been marketed to a young audience.
This is about a girl who is abducted at the age of 10 and lives with her captor for 5 years. She speaks pretty freely about the things that Ray does to her, it’s not just merely implied. The story is about her wish for freedom, and that now she is too old for Ray and he enlists her help to find her replacement before he will let her go.
It’s a haunting read, it will stick with you… I find the psychology of things like this interesting which is why I read it. The things that happen to people in their lives that change the path they were originally on. Anyways, that’s all I can say about it.
Gosh, that topic was harder to talk about than I realized.
Anyways, let me know if you’ve read any of these, what some of your hard topic books are or if you have any of these on your TBR list.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, bye 😊