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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (5) Top Ten Books Tackling "Tough" Issues

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the The Broke and the Bookish

Go Ask Alice

1. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks- The diary of a teenage girl that is seduced by the world of drugs.


2. Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson - When Melinda Sordino's friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast -- even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that you have to hide.

Prozac Nation

3. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth WurtzelA harrowing story of breakdowns, suicide attempts, drug therapy, and an eventual journey back to living, this poignant & often hilarious book gives voice to the high incidence of depression among America's youth.

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)
4. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya HornbacherThis vivid and emotionally wrenching memoir of the author's lifelong love affair with bulimia and anorexia offers a devastating critique of the American obsession with food and body image.

The Lovely Bones

5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - The story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

6. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank- One of the most moving and eloquent accounts of the Holocaust, read by tens of millions of people around the world since its publication in 1947.

A Walk to Remember

7. A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks -  This book made me cry like no other. It is about losing the one you love.

Schindler's List

8. Shindler's List by Thomas KeneallySchindler's List recreates the true story of Oskar Schindler, the Czech-born southern German industrialist who risked his life to save over 1,100 of his Jewish factory workers from the death camps in Nazi-occupied Poland.


9. Room by Emma DonoghueRoom is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years.

The Book Thief
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak-Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany.


  1. Great list. Many of these are on my TBR list. I have read Speak and Anne Frank's diary and thought they were excellent.

  2. 'Go Ask Alice' is such a great choice!

  3. Great list! I haven't seen anyone else include Anne Frank yet but it's definitely an awesome pick for a "tough" issue. Everyone's been focusing on personal struggles rather than larger issues like genocide or Holocaust.

    Here's my list: http://bit.ly/qJiozA

  4. I just finished Room yesterday. I should have thought of it.


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  5. Some great choices, I want to read Lovely Bones.

    My Top Ten


  6. ok your list leads for me so far, i know 4 of the books you listed, Go ask Alice, i had forgotten that one. read it years ago. will have to revisit it.

  7. You've chosen some great books for this "tough issues" list! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!

  8. You have some great books on your list. Speak made our list too.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  9. For me, it's a fine line between a book that works in important ideas and a book that deals with issues. I just finished The Borrower, for example, and found that it centered on Issues so much that I couldn't bear it.

    Here's my Top Ten Books Tackling Tough Issues. And don't forget to enter my July giveaway!

  10. @Deb Nance at Readerbuzz A few of the books on my list were hard for me to finish. They were just too descriptive and focused on how bad the situation was instead of how to get out of it.

  11. Oooh you have a wonderful list. I see Speak on many lists. Some of these are on my TBR list as well.

  12. You listed some very tough reads. A few of those are on my tbr list...

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  13. You've chosen some great books for this "tough issues" list! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!


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