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Almost every contemporary novel I read is an 'issues' book. It's not that I don't enjoy happy, fun books, but I find issues books to be so compelling that I just can't step away from them....
1) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Here I am, flogging this book again! But I loved this book so much, despite it covering not just a tough issue, but a very taboo one - incest. Suzuma took what could have been a nausea-inducing storyline and managed to make me care very much about the characters, which I didn't think was possible.
2) Gemma by Meg Tilly
This will probably be my most intense book of 2013, due to it's graphic story of child abuse and paedophilia. But with such a fabulous protagonist in Gemma, I was completely captured by this book.
3) A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
I read this book years ago, but it still sticks with me. The author's horrific childhood made me so incredibly angry, but his determination to make a better life for himself really had me cheering him on.
4) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I don't often read books about cancer, as it is a topic that strikes very close to home. However, John Green took something that could have been incredibly difficult and injected the characters with so much life and passion and personality that I couldn't help but love it.
5) Room by Emma Donoghue
I know I mentioned this book recently, but it's definitely a tough issue book that I loved, particularly as it was told through the naive yet sweet perspective of Jack.
6) Life is But A Dream by Brian James
Mental Health is one of those literary issues that I always feel drawn to, and Life Is But a Dream really captivated me and I loved the characters.
7) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
I remember reading this book on a summer holiday (yeah, I don't do 'beach reads' the normal way) and I was completely captivated, appalled and saddened. I really wish I had time to read it again, because despite the darkness of it, it was so beautifully written.
8) Fault Line by Christa Desir
It's not released until November, but this book was so intense, disturbing and different from what I expected. It really felt like the author knew her stuff with this one.
9) By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters
Probably one of the most intense books about bullying and suicide that I've read.
10) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I debated whether to include this book because it's so much more than an issues book - there's a whole bunch of other happy, uplifting things too, but one of the main characters dealing with his disability. And because I loved it so damn much.
Does anyone else feel weird when they say the enjoy/like/love 'issues' books? Not that there's something weird about liking them, but that using those words seems a little 'awkward'?