Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Tackle Tough Issues

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment

Top Ten Books That Tackle Tough Issues

Yara's Answers:
  1. Crank by Ellen Hopkins - starting with that this book is written in verse is great just by itself. Then you get the real deal, Hopkins does not hold back when she writes. You feel her passion in her words when you read them.
  2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman - A very sad and tough book that's very well written and helps understand loss and grief. 
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - When you have a strong subject like Rape, you think oh no this will not go well. When you read Speak you will notice its a book that will help possibly affected teens get through this in life or open the eyes of others.
  4. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - this one I find tough because of any child dying at a early age from a illness is just sad. When you read the book though you feel hope. 
  5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - One of the great books from Oliver and its helps understand school bullying. 
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - This one is not for the faint at heart. It deal with a girl that commits suicide and then she leaves behind 13 tapes as to why she did it. Very emotional and heart breaking.
  7. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - Another well written book by Anderson where she tackles a girl that suffers from anorexia after she goes through very tough situations in life. 
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - This is a classic and probably one of the first to deal with racism. 
  9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - The first of dystopians to make you question the future and wonder what if. Can you imagine living in a world were children have to fight to the death. Its a heart wrenching book but one of my favorites. 
  10. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - You might not want to read this book because you know its going to be about Incest but once you do get over that notice, you will find it to be beautiful and heartbreaking. 
So what would books would you list?


  1. Good picks! I've seen a lot of people choose Forbidden so I should probably get on reading that one.

    Here's my list:

  2. Before I fall is an excellent choice. I think it deals with so many issues that young adults are dealing with in their lives.

  3. Great choice with The Hunger Games. There were a lot of themes in there about government, media, and poverty that often get overlooked by the survival or romantic storylines.

  4. We duplicated three choices. I'm going to have to wrestle my daughter for The Hunger Games!

  5. Great list.
    I just ordered Forbidden, and I'm really excited to read it, especially now that I've seen it on so many people's TTT.

  6. Great list. I was going to put The Hunger Games on my list, but I decided to stick with mostly contemporary works.

  7. New Follower, loving the blog.
    The Hunger Games are so popular, I feel I need to read them.
    Forbidden sounds intriguing too, I may have to order it.

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    Holly @ In-Interest

  8. I just finished Where She Went yesterday. It really liked it.


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  9. Great list of books! The ones I have read I have real enjoyed. [:

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate

    m y top ten:

  10. Great list, I know many of your choices.

    My Top Ten

  11. Great list. This is the first I've seen someone put Hunger Games on it. MyTeaser Tuesday!

  12. Great list; we have Speak and Wintergirls in common.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  13. We have a few of the same picks! Great list, I really would like to read Before I Fall, but haven't had the time. lol. I've read all the others you list, however, and I completely agree.

  14. This is a nice, comprehensive list of books that deal with "tough stuff." I LOVE Laurie Halse Anderson and anything by her is always a good reccommend for readers.

    Newer books that I would include on this list are (to name a few):

    1. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
    2. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
    3. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
    4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Albiet a bit reduntant to including Where She Went, but I think that this is the book that really tackles the premature death of Mia's family.)
    5. The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger
    6. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
    7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    Some older titles that are still apt for suggestions of "tough issue" books are:

    1. Go Ask Alice by "Anonymous"
    2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    3. The Perks of Becoming a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    Thanks for sharing!

    Genna from Reading, Writing, and the World of Words (


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