Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Hard Topics

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Lainey from gingerreadslainey posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is my top five books with hard topics, like mental health, sexual assault, and illness. Check out my picks below and let me know what you think in the comments!

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini kite runner

I read this book awhile ago for class and loved it. Set it Afghanistan, the story is about the unlikely friendship of Amir—a wealthy boy—and Hassan, who is the son of his father’s servant. Their relationship is damaged not only by the country’s increasing ethnic, religious and political tensions, but by Amir witnessing Hassan’s rape and failing to take action or acknowledge it. Years later, Amir must journey back to right the wrongs against his one true friend.

2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 

I recently read this contemporary and absolutely loved it. Niven deals with the issues of depression and suicide through teenagers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, who meet on the ledge of their school’s bellower. You can read my spoiler-free review here.

3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This book by Rainbow Rowell absolutely broke my heart. It touches not only on the body insecurity but domestic abuse as well.

my sister's keeper4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 

Anna was conceived as a bone marrow transplant for her older sister Kate—who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Now, at the age of thirteen,  Anna is suing for emancipation and control over her own body. This decision tears her family apart and puts her sister at risk. This book obviously deals with illness, but what was hard for me was the position Anna found herself in.

5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Even though this book deals with a serious subject—mental health—Vizzini writes with great wit and humor. Ambitious New York city teenager Craig Gilner aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, but the pressure becomes too much. He stops eating and sleeping, then one night, nearly kills himself. This episode gets checked into a mental hospital with an interesting cast of characters.

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7 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Hard Topics

  1. Just thinking about My Sister’s Keeper makes me want to cry. The book broke my heart (and the movie literally tore my to shreds). I think that book is one of my all time favourite Jodi Picoult books — have you read The Pact? That book brought me to tears too.


  2. I really want to read It’s Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places! Eleanor & Park has been on my shelf forever so I really need to get that too. I had absolutely no idea it had any of those elements until I saw it on people’s T5W this week.


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