Today is Wednesday and I just so happen to have read a few books fitting today’s T5W’s topic (Goodreads) : Books with hard topics! Hard topic here can mean a lot of things like illness, sexual assault, etc.
The first book I want to talk about is The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand. In short this is the story of a 16 year old girl trying to get over her brother’s suicide. Suicide is obviously a hard topic, but in this book I thought the author handled it very well. It is more about the people who are left behind and are trying to find a way to go on living than about the teenager’s decision to end his life. I thought that the idea of “blame” was particularly well felt with.
Next I have another book that I feel very strongly about. It is What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler (Trigger warning: rape). This book follows a rape case in a little town’s high school. It is a very powerful book that is very straightforward and makes you think about what your reaction would be like in a situation like this. A lot of different opinions are represented in this book which was really nice because you can sort of understand all of them. This book deals extremely well with the role that social medias are playing in such a situation.
Then I have Room by Emma Donoghue which follows a 5 year old boy who has never known anything but the room he lives in with his mother who has been kidnapped something like 7 years ago. It really focuses on the boy’s perspective as he is forced to understand that what he thought was the entire world is actually nothing more than a really really small part of it.
Last year I read The Kindness Of Strangers which tells the story of a widow, mother of two boys who decides to shelter a kid from a neighbor after it has been discovered that he was the victim of sexual assault for many years. This story, though it made me sick to my stomach, really moved me because you get to see this broken family pull together to help someone who needs them. In this book you have to think a lot about the fact that you don’t always know everything about your friends or neighbors. And that you have to decide whether to believe them or not based on very few evidence.
The last book I want to talk about is The Wave by Morton Rhue (alias Todd Strasser). This book is based on a real experiment that took place in a high school after students assured their teacher that what happened in Germany during the second World War could not happen today because people are better informed. The teacher decides to prove them wrong. This is such a powerful story, you don’t see anything coming and when you realize what happened it’s gotten completely out of hands.
Well, even though those books are tough, even though they are sad, I think it is important to read them. It is important to stay informed on the problems that threatens our lives because all of those topics could happen to any of us and it is our duty to try and stop it. Please tell me what hard topic books you have read and if you have read any of the books I mentioned.
I’ll see you soon for some reviews !