Top 5 Wednesday: Books with Hard Topics

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Only Ever Yours
  2. Asking for It
  3. Eleanor & Park
  4. Speak
  5. Belzhar

There are a lot of amazing books out there that center around hard topics and I always feel like I haven’t read enough of them. Here are some that stick out in my mind and what they touch on.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

  • Body Image
  • Eating Disorders
  • Objectification
  • Sexism

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill

  • Rape Culture
  • Sexual Consent
  • Victim Blaming
  • Assault

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  • Bad Home Life
  • Abuse
  • Neglect

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Rape/Sexual Assault
  • Social Pressure
  • Bullying
  • Depression

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

  • Mental Illness
  • Depression
  • Tragic Events

So those are just a few of the many books out there that handle hard topics. Do you have any recommendations on others that I need to pick up? Let me know in the comments below!



2 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books with Hard Topics

  1. Speak is definitely on my radar. Whew, those tough topics, though. I’m still recovering from The First Time She Drowned, which is one of the most beautifully written YA books I’ve ever read, but it covers some dark emotional territory.


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