What are the best fiction novels tackling child abuse?

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    #1Lolita

    Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.
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    Andrew Morales
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Nabokov is a truly transcendent author. I actually read "Pale Fire" about a year ago and was completely enthralled. "Lolita" is a book that examines the excess and madness of post-war America with biting wit and humor found in the most perverse places. Definitely, not a novel for the faint of heart, "Lolita" is a true joy to experience despite its subject matter."
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    #2Identical

    Identical

    Identical is a young adult fiction book written by Ellen Hopkins. This book was originally published in 2008. It narrates the story of Kaeleigh and Raeanne who are twins.

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    Rachel Alexander
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Child abuse is a subject that plagues our nation and nations around the world. A subject no one wants to discuss and prays never happens to their own children. Ellen Hopkins is able to capture the raw emotions of twin sisters throughout the pages of this young adult fiction book. The author tackled child abuse in a way that left me wanting to read more and on the verge of tears at the same time. "
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    #3Bastard Out of Carolina

    Bastard Out of Carolina

    Bastard Out of Carolina is a coming of age novel written by Dorothy Allison which centers on Ruth Anna Boatwright who lives a happy life with her mother, aunt, and little sister Reece, but soon they live with Glen Waddell that change her life. 

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    Irma Mondragón
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I seen this movie on Lifetime so I was really excited to read the book. It's very sad and the book made me even more sad. This book brought insight on things that really happen behind closed doors in some families."
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    #4The Bluest Eye

    The Bluest Eye
    The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's novel about an African-American girl who wished to have the blue eyes of a white girl. Through the eyes of Pecola, Morrison described race and gender inequality, and beauty as a social construct.
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    Juan Stone
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I cried so many times reading this book. It handles abuse with care and grace, and I can't stop thinking about it."
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    #5The Night Child

    The Night Child
    The Night Child is an adult fiction novel written by Anna Quinn which follows English high school teacher Nora Brown after she sees a girl's face in her classroom following her dismissal of her students. 
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    Jordan Carter
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book will absolutely show the problem of child abuse in a realistic way even though this is a work of fiction. The author had either done her research or perhaps was a victim of abuse as a child herself. Either way it's a good read read but not for the faint of heart."
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    #6Drowning Instinct

    Drowning Instinct
    With a mother with alcoholic problems and an abusive father, Jenna had no choice but to rely on her brother for support, but he had to go to Iraq. Alone and with no one to talk to, she found a dedicated and caring man, Mitch Anderson. The main issue with him is that he is her teacher and coach... and a married man. 




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    Ao Yi
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "First off, yes, the book is very dark. You should expect that before going in. If this is your thing, I found it to be a real page turner!"
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    #7Finding Zach

    Finding Zach
    Zach Tyler has been finally rescued from the Venezuelan jungle, where he was tortured and held as a hostage for five years. David, his best friend, has now to deal with the fact that his love has come back to his life, and the fact that Zach no longer feels the same about him. 





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    Diana Parker
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "While this is a good novel and it does tackle a kind of child abuse, I wouldn't say it's the typical kind. There are other books that address more garden variety abuse that I would place above this more rare, and harrowing tale that is worthy of being read, just doesn't fit the category perfectly."
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    #8The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.

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    Austin Morrison
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The book The God of Small Things is great for those who wish to understand child abuse from the point of view of the victims. The story unfolds in India with setting in 1960s which a rich amount of information of how it occur and its many causes. The book helps the reader understand the victims point of view. "
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    #9The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    Cameron Post, an orphan child who has recently lost her parents in a car accident, feels guilty but relieved that he didn't have to tell them about her homosexuality. After getting caught having sex with a friend, she is sent to a religious camp to cure her homosexuality, where she will have many life-changing experiences. 

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    Steven Carlson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I did not come across The Miseducation of Cameron Post until there was a controversy of the book being banned from a high school reading list for incoming ninth graders. Being a college student and English major, it immediately piqued my interest as to what all the commotion was. It was to the extent that the author of the book, Emily M Danforth, even came forth to make a statement. When that happened, I knew I had to read this book so I came to Amazon and placed an order right away. I have personally never read an LGBTQ novel before so I was apprehensive. I read the back and one of the first things it states is that her parents die when hours earlier she was kissing a girl. I hadn’t even cracked open the front cover and immediately the plot already had a twist. This book was already intimidating being almost 500 pages. However, once I started reading it, it was hard to put down. I took this book everywhere with me as I followed Cameron Post through her trials and tribulations of trying to be a lesbian who was also a part of the youth group in a conservative town until her eventual “punishment” of being sent away to a gay-away camp"
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    #10The Daylight Gate

    The Daylight Gate

    The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson is a historical fiction and horror novel originally published in 2012. This is a best-seller book in the UK that tells a complicated story of love, morality, and politics.

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    Brenda Davis
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Daylight Gate is beautifully terrifying. I love how engaged I found myself--the plot has many twists and turns, each more interesting than the last. The horror aspects are well balanced by the lovely romance elements, which are heart-warming and engrossing."
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    #11Such a Pretty Girl

    Such a Pretty Girl

    Such a Pretty Girl is a standalone young adult novel written by Laura Wiess which centers on the life of 15-year-old Meredith whose father is coming home from prison after nine years of safety without him.

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    Terry Brewer
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I cant believe this actually got printed this shouldnt be read by anybody."
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    #12When Jeff Comes Home

    When Jeff Comes Home

    When Jeff Comes Home is a fiction book written by Catherine Atkins that tells the story of Jeff. After getting kidnapped, he began to change. He enjoyed the sadistic actions of his kidnapper and he started to have an affair with him. 


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    Mark Weber
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I was looking for a good fiction novel tackling child abuse and identified When Jeff Comes Home. This story really gets to the bottom of dealing with the after effects of abuse. It is well written and tackles some serious issues. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a story on this subject. "
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    #13Lessons from a Dead Girl

    Lessons from a Dead Girl

    Lessons from a Dead Girl is a fiction book written by Jo Knowles that tells the story of Laine. She is still haunted by the death of her love and life partner. She blames herself but she cannot do anything but to forgive herself.

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    Lorenzo Vásquez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I feel like this is a good solution. The book looks at one way a person may handle having been abused a child. The book has a good rating if you're looking for this subject. "
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    #14Groomed

    Groomed

    Groomed is a memoir written by Laurie Matthew that tells the story of her abusive and traumatic past. She shares how she struggled as a child who was abused physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

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    Ananya Shah
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "It was a very good deep book. I would recommend it to anyone to read."
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    #15A Map of the World (Oprah's Book Club)

    A Map of the World (Oprah's Book Club)

    A Map of the World is a book by Jane Hamilton that tells the story of Alice. A kid will die in their place and she will be blamed for something she did not do. She will end up with a trauma and it will affect her life forever. 

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    #16Push

    Push

    Push is a horrifying book written by Damien Paul that tells the haunting story of Precious Jones. She is only 16 but her father already made her pregnant. She does not only suffer sexual abuse but physical abuse too. 

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    Angela Guerrero
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "In my opinion, “Push” is one of the best fiction novels tackling child abuse, because it tells the story of a young lady by the name of Claireece Precious Jones, who endured horrible sexual abuse, being raped and impregnated by her own father at just 16 years old. It’s an incredible story of transformation, healing, and redemption."
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    #17I Choose to Live

    I Choose to Live

    I Choose to Live is a book by Sabine Dardenne that tells the story of Dutroux Affair. It is about a psychopath who is giving Sabinne chills whenever she looks at him. She will face all the fear and will choose to live no matter how much pain she suffers.

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    Timothy Mitchell
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a well-written novel. It is inspiring and I recommend."
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    #18A Walk Across the Sun

    A Walk Across the Sun

    A Walk Across the Sun is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Corban Addison which centers on orphaned sisters Ahalya Ghai and Sita who were kidnapped and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner.

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    Jeremy Gomez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "It's a very heavy book, which I guess one should expect from a novel that deals with child abuse. If you want to read some pieces that tackle such topics I'd recommend this, but just be aware of what you're getting into. "
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    #19Anybody's Daughter (Angela Evans)

    Anybody's Daughter (Angela Evans)

    Anybody's Daughter is the second book in the mystery fiction series Angela Evans written by Pamela Samuels Young which centers on 13-year-old Brianna Walker who was taken into the disturbing world of child sex trafficking.

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    Michelle Meyer
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A very disturbing book. Considering the topic it should be. If is a very real story on a very real topic. "
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    #20Boys without Names

    Boys without Names

    Boys Without Names is a standalone realistic fiction novel written by Kashmira Sheth which centers on 11-year-old Gopal and his family who flees to Mumbai from their Indian village to find a better future and work. 

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    #21A Work of Art

    A Work of Art

    A Work of Art is a fiction book written by Melody Maysonet that tells the story of Tera. She is a shy artist who wants to enter the Art School of her dreams. She will be paused because her childhood traumas will strike. She will then meet Joey, whom she taught will rescue her, but will only make her situation worse. 

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    Pamela Riley
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A Work of Art is a book you can find in the fiction area of your favorite book vendor. This book was written by Melody Maysonet and follow the story of Tera. Tera is a shy artist who has dreams of entering Art School, but is unable to due to different traumas in her life."

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Best What are the best fiction novels tackling child abuse
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1LolitaBooks 58 Paid
2IdenticalBooks 57 Paid
3Bastard Out of CarolinaBooks 51 Paid
4The Bluest EyeBooks 48 Paid
5The Night ChildBooks 47 Paid
6Drowning InstinctBooks 46 Paid
7Finding ZachBooks 43 Paid
8The God of Small ThingsBooks 41 Paid
9The Miseducation of Cameron PostBooks 39 Paid
10The Daylight GateBooks 37 Paid
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