T5W 12: Books with “Hard” Topics

Top 5 Favorite Books with “Hard” Topics

Hello lovely readers! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a top five Wednesday post, and when I saw this topic, I just couldn’t ignore it! Books with hard topics are anything from mental health, sexual assault, illness, etc. So keep that in mind when reading what I have to say about these books! I will try my best to put trigger warnings in, but I may miss some. If I do, I apologize! Without further ado, here are my top five in no particular order:


Burned by Ellen HopkinsEllen Hopkins doesn’t shy away from hard subjects. Burned follows a young girl who has grown up in a strict, Mormon home; it’s also a very abusive home. It follows Pattyn as she’s sent away to her aunt’s for the summer, and she gets a look at life when it’s fueled by love and not hate. (You can find my review of this book hereThis book has trigger warnings for: abuse and substance abuse.)


Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarryThis book follows two teenagers, Echo and Noah, who are both dealing with heartbreaking situations. Echo can’t remember how she got the scars on her arms, and Noah has lost both of his parents. These two are kind of thrown together, and you get to watch them try and help each other. (You can find my review of this book hereThis book has trigger warnings for: abuse and mental illness.)


This is Where it Ends by Marieke NijkampIf this book doesn’t classify as a hard topic, I’m not sure what does. This is Where it Ends is about a school shooting. The entire book takes place over 54 minutes, and is told from multiple points of view. It is a fast paced, diverse read that I definitely recommend. (You can find my review of this book hereThis book has trigger warnings for: rape, school shootings, and mental illness.)


The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu: This book is chalk full of stereotypes, bullying, and characters you want to punch in the face throughout most of the novel. That being said, I think it’s an important novel. Bullying is a very real and serious issue, especially with the anonymity of the internet. This is the type of book that can help put things into perspective when it comes to the how the things you say can affect other people, in very serious ways. (You can find my review of this book here. This book has trigger warnings for: bullying.)


Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonLaurie Halse Anderson did an amazing job with this novel. This story follows a teenage girl named Melinda as she starts high school. No one will talk to her, even her old friends, because she called the cops on a party over the summer. She retreats into herself, withdrawing from basically everything. As the story goes along, you learn what happened at this party. This story is so heartbreaking and terrifying and amazing. I definitely recommend you give this a read if you have not done so yet. (This book has trigger warnings for: rape and depression.)


What are your top five books with hard topics?


4 thoughts on “T5W 12: Books with “Hard” Topics”

    1. I actually just finished Wintergirls yesterday. I do really love Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing, and her ability to deal with these issues in such amazing ways. That being said, I wasn’t as impacted by Wintegirls. It was still a good book. (:

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