This week’s topic is “hard” topics and books talking about them. As the hard topics were defined as mental health, health issues and such I will stick with them. Let’s get started!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I feel this book is important to me because I read it in a moment of recovery. It helped me. It is beautiful and I loved almost everything in it: the characters, the writing style, the story. I would say it’s full of love and it’s how much the main character is able to love others amazed me. He’s not naive as probably many would think, he’s truly candid and genuinely in awe with what he sees. Topics are dealing with homosexuality, sexual harassment, growing up as different from most people and the list goes on. Everything is hinted, but you see what happens through the eyes of Charlie and this gives a strange contrast between how he feels – and he is always calm and accepting – and how you feel. And, personally, I felt like someone
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
I’m not even halfway through this book I finished this book this morning. I still don’t know what to say exactly, because there are so many things about it. Laurels’s sister died, her family broke apart and she’s starting high school. Plus, there are some things she can’t say: about herself, about May, about her life. She can’t say it all to her dad, her mom and not even herself. So she writes letters to famous people that died. Kurt Cobain was one of my idols at the age of 15 and not only I understand wht she wrote to him, I loved that she did. And even if I’m not 15 anymore (I’m not even a teen anymore! OMG) I found a lot of what she said so true, so deep and moving. If only I had this book back when I was 15, when I wanted to be like May, when I singed Kurt’s song and thought he understood me…
Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh
I loved this graphic novel. I read it three times in two days. It made me cry I think three or four times and I think that everyone should read it for this. The story is about a girl discovering her homosexuality, falling in love with a woman, trying to be “right” and dating boys. It’s deep, filled with love, but I found it a crude depiction. It’s true. It feels true. It probably felt so true because, although not lesbian, I’m bisexual and thus I dealt with some things the main character experienced. I truly believe, though, that no one can go through this story and come out unchanged. I also love the drawings, but mostly the colours.
Why be happy when you could be normal? by Jeanette Winterson
I never read a book that was so clearly talking about me like this one did. It’s mostly a memorial of the author, talking about herself at various points of her life, but as far as I’m concerned she could have been talking about me. I never saw myself this much into a book. It was strange, but also liberatory, to read it. To go through me as the author was going throug herself. Fear, anxiety, loss, pain, dealing with a family who seem not to love you, dealing with yourself. I don’t know if it really counts as a book with “hard” topics, but it felt good. It felt good when I felt alone, when I felt there was nothing else and I didn’t knew who I was or how to deal with life. And that was hard, so that’s why it’s in the list.
For the last book I’m going with something that I want to read in the future. As I mostly read fantasy, I haven’t found that many books dealing with hard topics, so I thought to close the list with a book I want to read. And the book in my TBR is:
George by Alex Gino
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
– I never read a book with trans issue in it, but I would want to. Even if the tone of the book seem light, I believe this isn’t an easy topic to talk about. Since my And this little volume popped up in my Goodreads feed and grabbed my interest. So it’s definetly something I’ll read.