Top Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Something Dark
- When I say "dark" when describing a book, what I mean is a book about tough subjects. Good things aren't going to be happening much due to a character dealing with something really BIG and Heavy. I know not everybody likes to read stuff like this, but I consider them among my very favorite types of books :) PS- A lot of these are older because I guess I haven't found any great newer YA books that deal with the tough stuff.
1. Crank by Ellen Hopkins- This is the first of a series of books written in a very unique prose (at least unique to Ellen Hopkins anyhow). It takes a tough look at addiction to Meth and the toll it takes on the family.
2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson- Such a beautiful and heartbreaking book. A MUST for YA Readers!!
3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This is a book about a suicide which you know about from the beginning, so you can guess that it's never coming from a happy place.
4. Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers- I. Love. This. Book. Parker is one of the hardest characters I've ever read about. She's SO damaged and hurt and she's NOT going to act how you want her to act.
5. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King- A.S. King knows how to hurt my soul.... this book definitely did!!
6. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult- This is about a school shooting & it is classified as Adult, but it features so many teen narrators that I think it feels a lot like YA.
7. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga- Your dad is the most infamous serial killer in the world.... you're going to be f-d up.
8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold- Another Adult book that I feel could easily be sold as YA.
9. Hate List by Jennifer Brown- Another school shooting book. This one is SO powerful and I hurt SO much while reading it. It instantly made me a GIANT Jennifer Brown fan.
10. Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison- I really enjoyed this book when it came out in 2013 & I wish it would have got more attention. It largely flew under the radar, but it was a beautifully written book about mental illness and death and healing.
11. Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn- Gah, Stephanie Kuehn always writes books that completely shock me with their ability to just GO FOR IT. This book was creepy and twisty and NOT happy in any small way.
- The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas- Since a lot of the books on my list were older, I thought I'd include this brand new one that I just finished and LOVED. It comes out 4/19 and I SO recommend!
What books are you recommending this week?