Hey you! Welcome back!! WOW its been a while since I last wrote something! On the bright side its been because of good reasons this time! I’ve been busy with work so that’s good! It finally picked up. I’ve been busy with moving from one place to another. And My social life? Its been pretty good too.
So yea! HI!! Ok so this time I bring you something different. At least for me it is. I chose 5 books out of my shelf that deal with pretty hard topics. Be advised some of these are hard af. Not gonna lie. So thread carefully with this post.
FULL DISCLOSURE THE IDEA WAS PRETTY MUCH GIVEN TO ME BY WILMARIE! Catch her blog here!
Well on we go!
“Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.”
Ok ok so no big surprise that I would start out my list with this one. I mean we all know my love towards CoHo, who sometimes can be a bit of a hard pill to swallow for others, so of course she’d be here. Brace cause she’s on this list two other times. This book was heartbreaking to say the least. The MC goes through hell and back with her emotions. Like every other book, I picked up and started reading and let me tell you I was shook to the core. And I mean SHOOK. Never in a million years would I though I read a book about this topic. Long story short, she had a very traumatic childhood and her mind decided to block that event and she somewhat forgot until she meets the love interest and everything starts to come back little by little. Hard topic? Abuse.
2-The Female Of The Species-Mindy McGinnis-🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.”
Well…I must say, I loved this one from the opening line. This book is extremely graphic for a YA novel. Alex deals with the loss of her sister in her own ways. She mostly keeps to herself and and she has basically no friends. She does have a job at an animal center, I keep thinking that was so we could see a softer side to her though. I would’ve categorized it under Adult because the content is mature AF! Moving on, this one was sad. It has various POVs (“points of views” for those who don’t know what that means) and each one contributes to the story in its own way and yes, they do meet at one point where everything goes to shit. And that’s what I loved about this book. Please, if you decide to read this one be cautious as it deals with sexual abuse, under age drinking, murder and violence. Hard topic? Rape Culture.
3-Too Late-Colleen Hoover under C.Hoover-🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves.
And she does, every single day.
After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she’s able to find a way out.
Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.
Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he’d say he’s the best thing to ever happen to Sloan. Despite Sloan’s disapproval of Asa’s sinister lifestyle, he does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead in his business. He also does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead of Sloan. Nothing will get in his way. Nothing except Carter.”
Where do I begin with this one…A year later (I read this one right after hurricane Maria hit the island so my emotions were every where) and I’m still not sure how I coped with this. Sloan is this girl that has her mind set on getting a better life for her and her brother. But she’s pretty much broke and lives with her boyfriend Asa. Now this guy as a first class Asshole. He rules the college drug underworld, is extremely hot for his own good (he knows this) and he has a very good grade score. Now, this guy treats Sloan like crap. He cheats on her day and night. Forces her to have sex with him (she at one point just goes with the flow to avoid any drama) deals with drug selling in their own apt AND treats her like a maid. Sloan tries to deal with this on her on way but she does know she’s being treated like this. Why does she keep at it you may ask? Her brother who’s in a clinic sick. I’ll stop right here because I just can’t deal with these emotions again. Hard topic? Sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol, infidelity, misogyny and of course domestic abuse.
4-The Thing About Jellyfish-Ali Benjamin-🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting–things don’t just happen for no reason.
Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.”
This one…This one made me cry. And I don’t mean the “one tear fell down my cheek” I mean the “this book destroyed my heart and then spat on whatever was left” kind of cry. I think the reason why it got to me so much was because both the MC and I lost a friend. She lost hers due to a drowning accident and I lost one due to the Pulse shooting in Orlando. We have Suzy going on this journey to prove that things don’t happen “just cause”. She goes above and beyond to prove that her best friend who was an excellent swimmer didn’t just drown. She even plans to leave her parents and go meet with a brilliant biologist who deals with jellyfish. I will, admit having Suzy in my life helped me deal a lot with the loss of my friend, Jonathan Camuy. It was nice having someone helping me understand that I was grieving in a non healthy way. I couldn’t even smile without crying. But Suzy helped me a lot. Hard topic? Depression and grieve.
5-It Ends With Us-Colleen Hoover-🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.”
Hmm…Should I just skip to the hard topic on this one? It’s been two years and I still can’t get over this book. I, again, identified with MC. I went through pretty much what she went through with my exboyfriend. The events in this one hit me so hard I ended up getting the tattoo the MC has. And I will never regret it. Please read this book. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, please read it. THIS BOOK MATTERS. THIS BOOK IS IMPORTANT! I’ll just skip to the hard topic because I’m already crying. Hard topic? Domestic abuse.
This concludes my post on……SIKE! I LIED! IT’S ACTUALLY 6 BOOKS!
“Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.
Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.
But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.”
HA! THIS ONE BABY THIS ONE! I loved this book A LOT. I raved about it i think pretty much every where on social media. I wrote a review on it, just click here and you’ll be magically taken to that awesome review! I still love Anya and Sarah. Even though that relationship was TOXIC AS FUCK! And yes I said FUCK! The things you do for acceptance and the things you have to deal with afterwards. Every action has it’s own consequences and Anya finds out as she goes. Hard topic? Schizophrenia (or so I think).
Ok, now, for real. That has been my list of “5” books with hard topics! Thank you so much for reading and I promise to more active!
Catch you on the flipside!