Sunday, August 29, 2010

Recommend books for me?

I am in need of some more books dealing with tough issues- death and dying, illness, self perception, or books on the darker side (abuse, rape, etc)

Here is a sampling of what I have read and enjoyed:

Lurlene McDaniel (I've read them all)
Girl next door
My Sister's Keeper
Change of Heart
Dark Song
Lost for Words
Dirty little secrets
In a heartbeat
By the time you read this I'll be dead
Hate List
19 Minutes

ETA- I have also read (and enjoyed)
If I Stay
Go ask alice
A child called it
13 reasons why
Cracked up to be
God is in pancakes

tried to read Hopkins but I don't do books written in verse well


  1. Go Ask Alice--I have a review for that
    Jay's Journal
    If I stay by Gayle Forman

  2. Oh and Jay's Journal and Go Ask Alice are by Anonymous

  3. There is a book called "A Child Called It" by David something and its really good. Its rough and its also a true story so be warned.

  4. Lesa and Danielle's suggestions are good! Also Ellen Hopkin's book are all really good and deal with a lot of tough and dark issues.

  5. I am reading Handle With Care, and it's INTENSE. Definitely covers health issues, etc. I am sure I have some others that deal with self-perceptions, etc. as well. I'll check my stash!

  6. Wintergirls, for sure, as well as Scars, which I believe is just out in hardcover. The former deals with excruciating eating disorders, and the latter deals with sexual abuse.

    Oh, I'm a new follower, by the way...your blog is lovely!

  7. I second Wintergirls and anything by Ellen Hopkins. I'll admit, I haven't read Wintergirls yet but I loved Speak, which is by the same author, and it seems like it'd be right up your alley.

    And also, I would wholeheartedly recommend Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, which I've just recently reviewed. It is just dark, and raw and devastating.

    And awesome blog, by the way. :D

  8. Willow by Julia Hoban and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher are fabulous. So is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and all of them deal with a variety of issues.

  9. I'm not sure if you've read them yet, but Lush and Perfect by Natasha Friend are great!

  10. Definitely A Child Called It! It will break your heart.

  11. Hi there. I don't have any suggestions for you at this moment but I was just stopping by your blog because I was remembering your post about the hospital the other day and wanted to make sure you're doing okay.
    Alison Can Read

  12. Anything by Ellen Hopkins is amazing!, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Beautiful by Amy Reed, Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, Winter girls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Lovesick by Jake Coburn, Crash Into Me by Albert Borris, Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, Tweak by Nic Sheff, Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson, Go Ask Alice by Anonymous, Smack by Melvin Burgess, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Dreamland by Sarah Dessen, and of course you can always read Willow again becuase it's such a great book!

  13. It's already been suggested, but I have to mention If I Stay by Gayle Forman because it's THAT good. Also either of Courtney Summers' books, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (or her memoir Lucky), Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, God Is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein.

  14. Check out Cardboard by Fiona Place. It's about a young woman with anorexia. It's a difficult read, but it's a very important book to read. Gives great insight into a person with this terrible eating disorder.

  15. Jodi Picoult writes about some sensitive issues. She's a good writer to check out.

    Augusten Burroughs has some very warped stuff in Running With Scissors.

  16. Haven't really read any of these books, but they sound great! Glad you enjoyed them!

  17. Thanks for the recommendations so far- keep them coming!!

    And thanks Alison-- I am doing better, still not 100 percent. I have a few more dr appt and hopefully they will fix it!

  18. These have also already been said, but definitely check out Dreamland by Sarah Dessen and Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson.


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