Six sensational times two

03 Mar

On Sunday I discussed the emotional tailspin that Perez’s book put me in and vowed to share some of my favorite emotionally-charged stories. But I couldn’t pick just six, instead I found twelve to share with you. If these don’t make you feel something, you may just be grumpy cat.

  1. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez: See my previous post– ultimately, the racially-charged atmosphere and ill-fated love story climaxes with deadly consequences.
  2. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch: I don’t cry often over books, but the final chapters of Carey’s reclamation of normalcy after being abandoned by her drug-addicted mother while having to raise her mute younger sister.
  3. Nothing by Janne Teller and Martin Aitken (translator): This book. This. book. The age of the characters mixed with the existential nature of the central conflict of the story make this dangerous but thought-provoking.
  4. Guardian by Julius Lester: The opening of the book is one of the best hooks “But there are times when a tree can no longer withstand the pain inflicted on it, and the wind will take pity on that tree and topple it over in a mighty storm. All the other trees who witnessed the evil look down upon the fallen tree with envy. They pray for the day when a wind will end their suffering. I pray for the day when God will end mine.”
  5. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan: This adult novel digs deep into human emotions, duty, and loyalty with multiple perspectives to move the novel forward focusing on a wife married later in life to a husband wanting to try his hand at farming. The mood is melancholy in this character-driven story.
  6. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess: Like A Child Called It, students gravitate toward stories that are unavoidably painful. In this case, Cricket has been sexually abused by her father and upon his return, the naive mother continues to side with her husband and not her daughter.
  7. Identical by Ellen Hopkins: The psychological roller coaster of identical twin girls being abused paired with the creativity of the dual narrative again erupt in fireworks by the end of the book, leaving jaws dropped.
  8. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott: One of the slimmest books out there, it’s staggering that Scott exposes pedophilia in such a raw way.
  9. Lucky by Alice Sebold: Knowing this back story lends itself to a deeper understanding of her fictional The Lovely Bones. The memoir of her rape at eighteen sheds light on how horrible situations can transform a person.
  10. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard: Think of how Emily Dickinson’s poetry feels and sounds, then think about how a girl seeking answers after the suicide of her boyfriend and discovers her poetry and parallels that will give her comfort.
  11. Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin: Family dynamics is at the heart of Felin’s book focusing on an immigrant family hiding abuse. At it’s height, Karina is also exploring who she is and who she wants to be, if others will let her.
  12. The Sin-Eater’s Confession by Ilsa Bick: This is one of my favorite GLBT titles that highlights homophobia alongside the beauty of the human form and relationships.
1 Comment

Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Adult, Authors, Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Adult


One response to “Six sensational times two

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    March 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Living Dead Girl…. oh man, that book made me sick, scared, and so many other emotions. As a mother I almost couldn’t read it. Also, The Lovely Bones had me crying for sure.



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