Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be Required Reading

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Top Ten Books That I Think Should Be Required Reading


1. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn - Every teen should be knowledgable about the dangers of abusive relationships. It's powerful, heartbreaking and real.

2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown - This is a dark, moving and powerful book about the damage that one boy causes when he goes on a shooting rampage in school - the aftermath, as well as what led to it.

3. By the Time You Read this, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters - Suicide is all-too common among teens, as is bullying. It's so important to bring it to the forefront.



4. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield - There is hope for those stuck in the abusive cycle of self-harm. It might not feel like it though, and that's why a book like this is so relevant and powerful.

5. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - Eating disorders plague much of the younger generation with the ever-growing desire to be thin and perfect. This makes it real and super powerful.

6. Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington - This is a book about perseverance, struggle and the desire to find a better life. Regardless of which culture we live in, this book resonates.


7. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess - Abusive relationships are not always between relationship partners. Often, the threats are from parents - it's important to understand that fear and pain.

8. Dark Song by Gail Giles - Again, this book discusses the damaging nature of abusive relationships, and it really portrays how manipulated one can be.

9. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler - Despite the syrupy cover, there is tremendous depth to this one - love, loss, losing one's identity to a disease...it's powerful stuff.

10. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney - Sad, honest, powerful, raw and incredibly well-written, this one transcends the YA bounds and really, really resonates loss and moving on.

20 comments:

  1. Wintergirls definitely should be on everyone's lists, I was awfully moved by that one. I was never aware that Sarah Ockler's book had that type of depth to it. Adding to my wishlist!

    Fab list, Melissa! <33

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! I really underestimated Sarah Ockler's book, and I hope other people avoid that mistake that I made!

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  2. This is a brilliant list Melissa! I agree the Book of Broken Hearts should definitely be a book on the required reading list, it has so much depth and honesty and deals with so many issues in a brilliant way. Also you have so many other books on here that I can't wait to get stuck into! Thanks for sharing a great list with us! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jasprit! It really was such an incredible book - and I had NO clue it was going to be so deep!

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  3. Some of those are on summer reading lists but aren't examined in any detail in class -- I definitely agree about Wintergirls (I'm not overly familiar with some of the others on your list but I'm going to have to check them out!).

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    1. You know, Breathing Underwater used to be required reading until it was banned for lewd material in a Washington school. I wish people would realize that that is reality. It's not pretty.

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  4. I've only read the last two books you mentioned, but Sarah Ockler's novels have so many wonderful themes and messages that students should definitely be understanding. It's a shame more YA isn't read in schools. :/ Lovely list, Melissa!

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    1. I agree, Keertana! There is SO much to offer in YA.

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  5. I haven't read any of the books you listed, but When you were here and Wintergirls sound interesting :)

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    1. Wintergirls is SO vital for teens...and I hope you read it, Mel!

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  6. Great choices Melissa. I think Wintergirls is an important and powerful book.

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  7. This is quite the list, Melissa. I wouldn't have thought of The Book of Broken Hearts, but now that I think about it, I definitely think it's a deep enough book with a great lesson.
    Two other book I would probably add to your list would be My Life After Now, which deals with a teenager who becomes HIV positive after a one-night stand and What Happens Next about a girl not talking about her rape. Those are both educational books that could undoubtedly help teenagers.
    Thanks for sharing, Melissa! :)

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  8. I feel like this is a must read list for me, Melissa! I'm loving issue books this year but I certainly haven't branched out much. Hate List and Such a Pretty Girl is definitely something I'm going to look for in bookstores. Thanks for the rec!

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  9. I've read Wintergirls, but added all the others to my to-read list. These kinds of issue books are a great way to start a dialogue between parents and teens/tweens.

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  10. I think Wintergirls is a very powerful book to read, although can be quite triggering so I might have caution using it in schools. Not sure.

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  11. Thank you so much for including Scars in your list of powerful books that everyone should read! (beaming) I so appreciate it.

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  12. I love The Book of Broken Hearts and Hate List!

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  13. HATE LIST! Yes, that story is intense but definitely worth becoming a required reading book. I still need to read 9 and 10 - it sounds like I have two excellent books to look forward to :)

    Great top ten!

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  14. Oh goodness, I'm a failure at these types of books. The only one I've read is The Book of Broken Hearts. But several are on my list.

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