Hello & welcome to my Top 5 Wednesday post!
This week’s theme is…
September 12th: Books For My Younger Self
— This was recommended as a topic on twitter and I love it! Books that you wish your younger self would have read to learn a life lesson, get more self confidence, open your eyes to a new perspective, etc.
I decided to spin this to share YA books I’ve read in the past few years that I feel would have been important for my high school self to read because they include important themes. Sure, there are tons of books that I know my younger self would have loved to read, but I wanted to include books that taught me something as an adult, that would have benefited me as a teenager as well.
» The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
The Female of the Species addresses a very important topic: rape culture. Far too often rape and sexual assault are watered down in YA books, but Mindy chose to tell it like it is. One particular scene, the student assembly on sexual assault, included great information for teens. Mindy highlights how sexual assault is grossly underreported & why many victims hesitate to report any assault.
You can read my full review here → Book Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
» The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, THUG lays out what the movement stands for, and what it doesn’t. This book has many important themes: racism, family dynamics, community, etc. I found THUG to not only be book I learned a lot from, but also one that was entertaining too.
» March (Books 1-3) by John Lewis
These graphic novels are the perfect way to present such an important part of U.S. history: The Civil Rights Movement. These books really made me realize how this part of history was glossed over in my education. The Civil Rights Movement deserves more attention in schools. I also think John Lewis did a wonderful job shedding light on the lesser known people, organizations, and events in this movement.
» Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Symptoms of Being Human was the first book I’d read that focused on gender issues & gender fluidity. I didn’t really grasp the concept of gender fluidity before reading this book, but Garvin takes a complex idea and really makes it easy to understand. This book tackles deep issues like suicide, hate crimes, bullying, anxiety, etc. There were also some shocking statistics included.
You can read my full review here → Book Review: The Symptoms of Being Human
» Asking For It by Louise O’Neille
Like The Female of the Species, Asking for it tackles rape culture. This book is very difficult to read as it is very raw and honest. One of the criticisms of this book is that it is too over the top and farfetched, but was it really? I think it is very important what O’Neill did here. Does the victims past actions, the way they dress, or the situations they put themselves in mean they were “asking for it?”
Which YA books would you give your HS self to read?
Comment below & let me know 🙂