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What's one YA issue book that really stayed with you after reading it?
Katy: Barry Lyga's BOY TOY. It's one of my favorite contemporaries, and one of the most authentic male POVs I've read. BOY TOY's subject matter is supremely disturbing, yet it's too important a topic to shy away from.
Jessica: Hate List by Jennifer Brown. As a teacher, this book about a school shooting moved me down to my core. I have never ugly cried at a book like I did at the end of this one, and I still think about it. The impact that this one had on me will probably never go away as long as I hang out with teens all day long.
Karen: WINTERGIRLS will always stick with me. The lyrical writing made a story about an awful and heartbreaking topic seem tragically beautiful.
Matt: Stick, by Andrew Smith. Abuse and runaways. 'Nuff said.
Alison: HATE LIST (Jennifer Brown). Like Jess, I’m a teacher too. And I can’t tell you how much I hurt (stomach, heart. Bladder—only because I didn’t want to stop reading to use the bathroom) while reading this book. I cried at every newspaper excerpt. I hurt with every failed attempt to move on. Gosh, I BAWLED at the quarter thing (if you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about). Jennifer Brown’s aftermath of a shooting at a high school is just so compelling and devastating and so freaking REAL. And Jennifer Brown is incredible. She had me sympathizing (and in some cases, empathizing) with everyone—the victims, the friends and students of the victims, the bullies, the girlfriend, and yes—even the shooter. Having an almost Columbine at my own school almost ten years ago—knowing (more like, taught) the kids who plotted, the kids on the list, the people I work with every day who could’ve died had the plot not been uncovered—this book hit too close to home. And one day, when I can separate myself enough from the book, I’ll review it.
Cambria: DROWNING INSTINCT DROWNING INSTINCT!!! I read this one at the end of June and I STILL can't stop thinking about it. It grapples with a sensitive and very much taboo subject and I think Ilsa J. Bick executed it brilliantly. It's one I think everyone should read, especially if you like morally-conflicted stories like Stolen by Lucy Christopher (and see what I did there? I got in mentions of TWO of my favorite books! Booyah.)
Alexandra: Tricks by Ellen Hopkins.