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Top Ten Tuesday: Tough Subject Books

I’m pretty drawn to tough subject books. I scoured my Goodreads lists and narrowed it down to these FIFTEEN tough subject books instead of ten. (Bonus reads!) Obviously I didn’t follow the rules very well. Some of these were harder than others, but they all have aspects of them that really open your eyes to […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Alexa S. - These books do cover some tough subjects! I do think it’s important though, because sometimes people feel so alone in these situations – and these books might remind them that they aren’t alone. I got reminded of a few titles I’ve been meaning to check out, so thanks for putting the list together!

October 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too am drawn to tough subject books and thought i’d read a decent amount of them so I’m surprised that I’ve only read two on this entire list (but good surprised as I have more recommendations). I definitely want to read Rites of Passage since I’ve been seeing that around a lot lately and it has a military theme which we don’t get all that often. When You Were Here is also at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing!

October 3, 2014 - 8:35 am

Jamie - SO spot on for the ones out of this list I’ve read! Rites of Passage had me LITERALLY shaking it was so hard to read how she was treated and just knowing they were getting away with that crap. OH MY GOD. I still feel a fit of rage coming on thinking about it. Loved that book so hard though! Some Girls Are was really hard too..I remember being physically shaken by it. I was reading it on vacation (in the bathtub and literally finished the whole thing — after being in a house with my sister’s kids for a week I just wanted to escape haha) and I just remember thinking how scared I was for Genevieve to grow up. Because this bullying thing, to me at least, seems way worse than when I was a kid…unless Ijust didn’t see it or experience it.

September 30, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Magan - Amanda, I DEFINITELY AGREE. I had never had to sit a book aside like I did when I read Room. (Well, until I read Live Through This. That one was a doozie for me.) Glad you enjoyed it, but also glad you understand why it was uncomfortable for me. 🙂

September 30, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Magan - Sue, I haven’t read any books by Ellen Hopkins yet. I should fix that. A few times I’ve looked for them at my local library, but they had them out of sequence and I haven’t remembered to put them on hold. :-/ Thanks for the suggestion!!

September 30, 2014 - 7:10 pm

BookCupid - Great compilation, read a lot of these books.
My TTT

September 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Amanda - Room is on my list too. It was such a powerfully written book, but I have rarely felt so uncomfortable the whole time I was reading.

September 30, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Sue - I’ve read Room and Live Through This, both excellent books. I think the toughest book I have read was Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, have you read any of her books? All tough subjects but written in verse which for some reason makes such an impact.

September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Chrissi, I hope you give Rites of Passage a go! It’s FANTASTIC. The buzz isn’t publisher-generated. It’s well-deserved and so worth the read. I really hope that you find some great books from this list, even if they’re not always easy to read! 🙂

September 30, 2014 - 11:37 am

Magan - Oh, Cait. I completely understand. Tease was difficult because the MC was just so, so unlikeable. I wanted to hate her. Rites of Passage is one of my absolute favorite books this year. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s hard, yes, but OH SO VERY GOOD. (And incredibly well-written!)

September 30, 2014 - 11:36 am

Magan - Brianna, it was so uncomfortable. I completely agree. I put it aside for a long while and stopped reading it. (Only to realize that if I had read about 6 more pages, BIG things would have happened and my anxiety would have decreased severely.) There are some tough books on this list, but for sure amazing ones. I hope you’ll give a few of them a try!

September 30, 2014 - 11:34 am

Magan - Cassie, it’s so true. Even as someone who is a Christian (though I don’t believe everything was as black and white as the MC’s community wanted her to believe), it was such a difficult read for me. I remember cringing and just really aching for her as she tried to figure out what she believed. A tough read, yes, but I hope also encouraging for those who read it and are working through their own dilemmas.

September 30, 2014 - 11:02 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - Small Town Sinners was one of the hardest books to read for me. Ever. I have never come across people like this in real life, so it was hard for me to understand the religious community and all the activities they did. I feel like those shouldn’t be allowed, especially as a community event people must participate in. But the hardest part was reading it from the MC’s point of view and listening to her thoughts about gay marriage and abortions, and that those vastly disagreed with my own opinions. I’m glad I read it, but it was still really hard for me to get through. I think it made a really good point and did well exploring the topics from a different point of view than I would normally read, and by the end, everything made sense. But that will always stick out to me as being a difficult book to get through.

September 30, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - I’ve only read Room. Clearly, I avoid books with difficult subjects. I didn’t love Room. I thought it was strange and unrealistic. Not that kidnapping is unrealistic, but the whole premise just weirded me out.

September 30, 2014 - 6:42 am

Cait @ Notebook Sisters - I really find books about bullying super hard to read too. 🙁 I mean, usually they’re good and they have such strong messages and they need to be said! But I tend to avoid them…I couldn’t read Tease. I WOULD like to try Rites of Passage but … not yet. >_<
Here’s my TTT!

September 30, 2014 - 12:46 am

Chrissi Reads - I didn’t think Rites of Passage would be a book that I wanted to read, but the buzz around it is really making me want to read it! I really want to check out most of the books on your list!

Estelle: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: senior year of high school, summer, Greece, friendships, parent/kid relationships Format read: ARC paperback from Bloomsbury. (Thanks!) Summary: Colette and Sadie were once inseparable, and then suddenly they weren’t. With […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to read this one. BUT your review of it has managed to convince me that perhaps I ought to give it a shot! I do love that it focuses heavily on friendship, and the real complexity of it. And I also love that it’s set in Greece!

July 1, 2014 - 9:39 am

Sue - Great review. Just added to TBR pile. Thank you!

June 28, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Leah - YES!!! The moment I got this one I sat down and didn’t move until it was finished, I was THAT hooked. I felt the ending was a teensy bit too sitcom-y, but the rest of the book was so wonderful I didn’t mind at all.

Magan: Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter

Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: high school pregnancy, neglectful parents, adoption, teen raising a baby Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Since Evelyn’s father’s return to her mother after an affair with the family […]

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June 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter (YA Review) - […] from the past: Magan reviews Caela Carter’s ME HIM THEM AND IT  (now out in […]

February 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Book Review: Me, Him, Them,and It by Caela Carter | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “Evie was so full of spunk and so unparalleled that she immediately caught my attention from t… […]

February 8, 2013 - 6:43 am

Lori - I was really anxious to read this one, but I just keep putting it off. I’m a little sensitive about the whole pregnancy and baby thing at the moment. 🙂 But this one does sounds really good. I need to pick it up.

February 7, 2013 - 8:24 pm

bookrockbetty - So random that you posted this– I was just thinking about teen pregnancy yesterday– how it’s such a relevant issue, yet I haven’t run into much in all my YA reading. 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So I’m not going to lie, I’m one of those people that would have said “Hmm, a teen pregnacy book? No, please,” before I read your review. But honestly, I think this book is for me. Like seriously. I can already relate to Evie so much- I’m pretty studious, get straight As, and am one of those people that gets disappointed when she gets a 92 on her Algebra 2 test (which, yes, just happened). And I also have a few extracurriculars that I’m really passionate about (debater in the house!). And I’m a writer (in my free time, of course). So it seems like I’m super similar to Evie. I’ve also felt the need to do something bad, sometimes as well, which is something I don’t admit easily. But when my parents don’t even say anything when I tell them I got a 97 on a super hard test, or a 112% on my AP Biology test (well, I got a good job on that one, but not a very enthusiastic one), I kind of feel the need to ‘act out’ like so many people at my school do to. So I can 100% relate to Evie and her decision to do something like that, honestly. Which is precisely why I’ll be reading this one now.

Thank you SO MUCH for this review, Magan. Seriously, this book is so similar to me in so many ways that I think I just need to read it.

(Also, sorry about that super confessional and super long paragraph. I’ve been feeling kinda disappointed lately, and I just had to gush that when there are so many similarities between the MC of this book and me.)

February 7, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow, it sounds like Evie goes through quite the journey! I think I would read this one just to find out what she does decide to do and how she copes with it all.

February 7, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - While issues books aren’t typically my thing, I do like how this one deal with a wide variety of problems. I think the whole affair/divorce thing is probably most intriguing to me because it feels a little more relatable. And I can always appreciate a well-fleshed out cast of characters and beautiful writing. Fabulous review!

February 7, 2013 - 1:24 am

Bookworm1858 - I adored Celie and Tammy-they were my bright spots when Evie’s darkness pulled me down. I know she was in an impossible situation but it was not unforeseeable and I found her incredibly annoying.

February 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Hi, friends! The first month of 2013 is almost over. You know what that means? Looking forward to a new month bursting with amazing releases! The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano is coming to an end (sigh), but we get to meet Scarlet in the Lunar Chronicles and see what Juliette is up to […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already bought Unravel Me, but I’m also really looking forward to Out of the Easy and Pivot Point! Both sound interesting, and I’ve heard good things about both so that’s also really nice!

January 25, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Cassie - My oh my. SO MANY BOOKS. I read Unravel Me and adored it. I can’t speak highly enough about Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I can’t wait for The Ruining, Out of the Easy, The Reece Malcom List and How to Lead a Life of Crime!

January 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Rachel - Oh man, so many good books out this month! I’m excited for the rest of the world to read Unravel Me, as I finished that one recently. I’m looking forward to Pivot Point, The Ruining, and Hysteria.

January 25, 2013 - 11:01 am

Alexa Y. - There are SO many good books out this month, but I’m particularly looking forward to Unravel Me and Scarlet! I need to do a re-read of Scarlet once I get my own copy…

January 25, 2013 - 8:08 am

Jen - Well, we already discussed Unravel Me at length, so you already know my thoughts on that one 🙂 Can’t wait for the finished copy so I can do a thorough and heart-pounding re-read!

Magan: Shelve it, December 2, 2012

Hey friends! It’s so, so hard for me to believe that it’s December. It’s 77 degrees in Austin right now. WHY OH WHY? I need cold weather and hot chocolate to get into the holiday spirit! I’ve been playing my fair share of the ‘N Sync holiday station on Pandora to balance out the warmer […]

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December 4, 2012 - 8:50 pm

The Weekly Wrap-Up (18): Happy December! - […] this book up like craaaazy –  and when I saw it pop up on both Magan at Rather Be Reading AND Tara at Hobbitsies IMM this week, I went hunting. Luckily, it was on NG as an instant […]

December 4, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Alexa Y. - I just got The Sea of Tranquility, and I’m looking forward to checking it out. So many bloggers I love really enjoyed it, so I hope you and I do too!

December 4, 2012 - 7:06 am

April Books & Wine - Ohhh! The Sea Of Tranquility is utterly fantastic and heart breaking and wonderful and good and I wish I had a physical copy of it hahaha.

Hope you dig Hooked!

December 3, 2012 - 10:28 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’ve heard such good things about Sea. From the same peeps, of course. I hope you love it!

December 3, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Cassie - YAY! I adored If I Lie, I have it on my nook. I saw Hooked on NetGalley and was contemplating it, let me know what you think!

December 3, 2012 - 10:52 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes!!!! Go read The Sea of Tranquility, like, now!!! It was so amazing. You won’t be disappointed (I surely hope not!)

December 2, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - I saw the conversation between Anna and Jen on Twitter about the Sea of Tranquility – and after I saw it here AND on Tara’s (hobbitsies) IMM, I definitely just went and found it on NG haha. It sounds so good, I couldn’t pass it up!

I am DYING to read If I Lie – I have a hc copy from Corrine, but I’m saving it for when I can be emotionally wrecked haha. i can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!