If you’ve read any YA, you’ll know that a lot of it deals with extremely difficult topics. Sometimes the books tear your heart out and stomp all over it with their intensity, but sometimes they deal with the subject in an inspirational and hopeful way.
These five books tackle their subjects wonderfully, and I can’t recommend them more highly.
5) ‘Playlist For The Dead’ by Michelle Falkoff
I hated ‘Playlist for the Dead’ when I read it last year, but I actually really appreciated the way it handled teen suicide – it’s one of the only books that doesn’t glamourise it and shows exactly how the actions of one desperate person can effect all of the people that they know and love.
4) ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ by Sara Barnard
3) ‘Crank’ by Ellen Hopkins
2) ‘Before I Die’ by Jenny Downham
1) ‘Wintergirls’ by Laurie Halse Anderson