TGIF: Let’s Talk About ISSUES.
SUMMER FRIDAY SUMMER FRIDAY SUMMER FRIDAY!
This means I work a half-day at work.
I love summer Fridays.
And on this Friday, Ginger at GReads! has asked:
Issue Books: Which books have you found to be very rewarding when it comes to tackling tougher issues?
I’ll be honest, I shy away from books that are marketed as “issue books.”
It’s not that I am an avoider or that I don’t want to live in my own little world where bad things don’t happen, but at the same time, I typically don’t want to choose to read a book that I know will make me a sad red panda.
Not that I don’t read sad books or books that deal with trauma/tragedy/other bad things. But I tend to appreciate these books more when they “issue” is seamlessly inserted into larger themes or plotlines within the book so that there are other things happening.
Take Saving June by Hannah Harrington, for example. Technically the book is about a teenager whose sister randomly commits suicide, but it’s also a road trip book with a lot of humor and a great soundtrack. So while the over-arching theme is dealing with suicide, there are a lot of other things going on, which I really appreciated.
I think another good example of this is Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. This book actually has a lot of issues involved in it—coming to terms with homosexuality, the reality of socio-economics, and bullying. And again, while these things could combine to be really heavy and preachy, the book is funny and smart and clever and uplifting. It doesn’t hurt that the authors are AMAZEBALLS.
I’m sure there are tons of other books that go in this category. LIke John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which I’ve owned since January but haven’t brought myself to read yet. One day, people. One day.
If you have any recommendations on issues books that aren’t too issue-y in presentation, I’d love to know them! Leave ’em in comments and enjoy your Friday!