Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters Who X….I chose Top Ten Characters Who Have Gone Through Traumatic/Tough Things
I just have this thing for characters who persevere and overcome hard things. It’s inspiring! I tried not to repeat books that I talked about in my why I read YA about grief/loss/death so check out all those because those characters have definitely been through a lot!
Sophie from Far From You by Tess Sharpe: Man, an accident that almost kills you and then gets you hooked on pain meds. Then your bff is murdered and everyone blames you because they think it was because of a drug deal gone bad? I’d say Sophie has been through A LOT. I haven’t posted about this one yet of this one but it should be on your list!
Evan from Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian: The summary alludes to an assault that happens to Evan and my heart just broke for him and how this act of violence of affected him so deeply. My thoughts on this one to come!
Nastya AND Josh from The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: This is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I can guarantee you an explosion of feelings when you read this story with two characters who have had their share of hardships. Josh has experienced a lot of loss. Nastya experiences something traumatic and life changing that takes a lot away from her. GOD MY HEART WHEN I THINK OF THIS BOOK.
Caggie from The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle: I can’t imagine losing a sibling and in the way that Caggie did. The guilt and the grief that plagued her just emanated off the page. Plus another THING that happens in this book.
Alexi and Bodee from Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens: I don’t necessarily want to tell you what happens to Alexi or Bodee because it doesn’t say in the summary but just know they’ve been through a lot individually!
Valerie from Hate List by Jennifer Brown: MAN, I just can’t imagine even going through the trauma of a school shooting but for the shooter to be your boyfriend?? Such a great book!
Coley from Live Through This by Mindi Scott: I’m not going to give away what Coley is dealing with but WOW her story was one of the hardest for me to read. Definitely an uncomfortable read!
Alice from Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: This book made me think quite a bit and it also broke my heart. Alice is diagnosed with leukemia and goes through all the treatments and gets really, really close to dying and then suddenly it is gone — she’s cancer free. She’s lived and she’s not prepared for that because she has lived as though she’s dying and suddenly has to come to terms with the things she said/did when she thought she was dying and also deal with how to LIVE again. I can’t imagine how traumatic and confusing this could be.
Angie from Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley: Being kidnapped and held captive for 3 years and not really being able to remember anything? YEP very traumatic. This was a read I think was pretty damn underrated last year!
Lina from Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys: Well this is an obvious one and probably, in my mind, the most traumatic and hard on this list. She is a Lithuanian girl during the Stalin regime and endures getting sent to a Siberian work camp. This story made me BAWL. Mostly because this happened to people for real and my heart breaks for what awful awful things happened.