Since last weekend’s article telling adult fans of YA that they should be ashamed, the community of YA lovers have risen up in defense of what they enjoy reading and in support of YA readers and writers everywhere. This week, Epic Reads talked about books that have changed the way they view the world and invited viewers to chime in with books that have done the same for them.
It’s no secret to many of us that YA books change the way that teens and adults view the world around them. This post is dedicated to 5 very special books that opened my eyes, mind, and heart.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
While this will always be one of my favorite books for many different reasons, To Kill a Mockingbird was a wonderful insight into the innocence of children and brought into play issues of race, social economic status, and ability/disability. While Scout will always remind me of myself at her age, Atticus Finch is such an amazing character and is a stand up guy who always tries to do what is right by others, especially his children.
2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak has been such a powerful influence on my life in many different ways, as it has for many teens and adults alike. It encourages victims of sexual assault to speak out and urges them to stay strong. It deals with the topic of bullying in such powerful and heart-wrenching ways and is one of those books that can help save the lives of so many people.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is one of the only books i have read that takes place in Nazi Germany during World War II, this book shows a glimpse into the lives of a family who hides a Jewish man in their basement. It also teaches wonderful lessons about family, friendship, and love.
4. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I am the Messenger taught me that even the most ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things and it taught me this at a time when i definitely needed it the most. it shows how even doing simple things to brighten someone’s day or help them can completely change their life.
5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
TFioS is such a heartbreaking story but teaches a wonderful lesson about life and living. It also features very sick people who don’t allow themselves to become their illness.