Book Recs

YA Book Recommendations

The first two books are realistic fiction and the last two are nonfiction. Each book has its theme, but Heroine and Girl in Pieces are more about mental illnesses and self struggles. The books do cover facts that are common within the world but each book individually goes in-depth of the main character’s story.

  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
  • My Story by Elizabeth Smart

The 57 Bus and My Story are true stories that cover real-world issues that are common and can be related to anyone. It’s not just fact-filled but can be emotionally connected to the reader. The 57 Bus is about the LGBTQ+ community and how those within the community struggle from day to day. My Story is about a girl named Elizabeth Smart who was abducted and went through a brutal, abusive trip with a man who she wasn’t comfortable with. 

All these books have very common topics that many people can relate to. Even if one might not connect to it personally, like me, it still interesting and touching to read about other people’s struggles. It gives the reader a better understanding of what some of these people in real life go through. I read all of them and enjoyed them because I was able to learn more about mental illnesses, addiction, and homophobia as it is very evident in our generation. As a teenager herself, I would recommend all these books to teens. 

by Z.M.

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