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Top Ten Books for People Who Like Realistic Problems



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they give a certain topic or question and you have to try to list your top ten. This week was left very open-ended and we got to pick what we wanted to do. The prompt was Top Ten Books for Readers who like ____. I decided to do realistic books that had characters dealing with real world problems and social issues. This will probably have some different books that I haven’t really talked about before.

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: This is really a gripping book that deals with major issues in our world today. I’m not going to say what the issue is, because I don’t want to spoil anyone. This is a very emotional type book, not exactly a crying book, but a book where you really feel for the main character. Anderson also has other great books dealing with dark topics such as Wintergirls.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I know, this book is everywhere and many people think it is overrated (not myself), but you can’t deny that these teens deal with huge issues. Yes it’s a love story, but it is also a cancer story and shows a bit of what people go through. It shows some of the physical obstacles, but it really shows how these people live knowing that they have a limited amount of time here.

3. Petey by Ben Mikaelson: This is follows the story of a man growing through life with cerebral palsy as he lives in a mental institute. It is incredibly moving just to see the things he has to go through.

4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: This is more of a historical fiction book, but it shows the life of a girl after her family was taken by Soviet officers. I really like historical fiction, and this is definitely a great one to check out. We may not experiencethis as much today, but this used to be someone’s reality.

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: These two are both subjects of bullying, and even though it isn’t what the whole story is about, it definitely is important. Also, Eleanor just lives a hard life especially in her house and deals with many problems people today deal with.

6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: The two characters in this book deal with so many issues that people do today. They both think of suicide and don’t think they deserve to live. Not only is this a major theme in this book, but bullying and dealing with death are also very present.

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green: This book is also laced with real world problems, and Alaska deals with a lot of them. She is stuck in this place that she can’t exactly get out of.

8. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez: This is actually a memoir that a girl wrote, but it deals with teen pregnancy. Gaby does a school project where she pretends to be pregnant. She shows the comments made about her and how her life is wasted, and her project tells people how we need to stop the stereotyping.

Okay so this next two, I actually have not read, but I know the deal with some real problems. I hope to read these one day, but here they are for now.

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


I really enjoyed doing this post. I wouldn’t be opposed to making more like these but with different categories in the future. What do you guys think?


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