Teen Book List: Taboo Topics

This list was complied by a member of our Teen Advisory Board. Some of the teens wanted more control of the YA space so we let them have a bulletin board to make their own displays. This is what they came up with.

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Rape)
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halsey Anderson (Self Harm)
  • Flowers in the Attic  by V.C Andrews (Growing Up)
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Drugs/Substance Abuse)
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Suicide)
  • Forever by Judy Blume (Love)
  • Thin by Grace Bowman (Self Harm)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Growing Up)
  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Kidnapping)
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (Abuse)
  • Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (Abuse)
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (Love)
  • But I Love Him by Amanda Grace (Abuse)
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green (Growing Up)
  • Willow by Julia Hoban (Self-Harm)
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins  (Drugs/Substance Abuse)
  • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (Self Harm)
  • Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (Growing Up)
  • Skinny by Ibi Kaslik (Self Harm)
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Love)
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov (Love)
  • Teach Me by R.A Nelson (Love)
  • By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters (Suicide)
  • The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult (Suicide)
  • Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (Kidnapping)
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Love)
  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones (Growing Up)
  • It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (Growing Up)
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