Every Tuesday, the site The Broke and the Bookish posts a prompt for a top-ten-style list, and book bloggers around the web respond to it on their blogs. The prompt this week is Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects. Here are my top 7.

1.)  Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. It’s about a girl in an abusive relationship. And it’s lovely.

2.) Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb. This book is based on the author’s real journal from when she was a preteen girl with anorexia. It’s so powerful.

3.) Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Elsewhere is about a girl who dies and goes to an afterlife-type place, where everyone ages backwards until they’re babies again, and get reborn on earth. Again, very powerful and very great.

4.) Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Apparently I’m determined to put this book on every list. But it fits so many of them, and is just so good! It’s about a teenage guy who develops mad cow disease, and doesn’t have long to live; but he goes on a semi-magical quest to try and find someone who might be able to help him. Wow wow wow.

5.) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, which is about a teen guy with depression and anxiety who spends time in a mental hospital and meets a lot of odd people who help him recover. Any teen who struggles with depression or just general stress should read this book.

6.)The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. What issue doesn’t this book deal with? And what’s not to love about it?

7.) The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh– about a girl who’s just turned eighteen after spending her life in foster care. She’s very closed off from the world, but knows the significance different flowers have in old-timey lore, and uses them to communicate. This was a really poignant and memorable book.

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