What are the best YA novels with drug and substance abuse?

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    #1The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance

    The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance

    The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance is a young adult novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It tells the story of Cynnie, a 13-year-old girl with an alcoholic mother and a 3-year-old brother with Down syndrome.


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    Joe Hawkins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "My son is in his freshman year of highschool and I think he is old enough to handle the material, this as a great book to explore more adult concepts. "
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    #2The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy

    The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy

    This book is a documentary of the world's most famous and successful narcotics investigation: two NYC detectives are investigating an heroin smuggler in France. Soon they will realize that everything has bigger dimensions that it seemed at first glance, and that everyone is involved in the business, even the police. 


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    Patrick Wagner
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The subject matter of The French Connection may is a good introduction for the young adults into the non-fiction world of drugs and substance abuse. It documents two NYC detectives search into one of the largest drug rings in NY. I found it to be very engaging and would recommend it to true crime lovers."
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    Crank is a young adult novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. Drawing from her own experiences with her daughter, Crank tells the story of Kristina, a girl with an addiction to crystal meth. 

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    Justin Jensen
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A great book on the subject. It is the first of three in the series. It is a bit different in that it is written as poetry, which is quite unique but takes a bit getting used to. It is heartbreaking to learn this is a semi true story written by a mother of an incarcerated daughter."
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    Pillbillies is a suspense novel by bestselling author K.L Randis. It tells the story of Jared Vorcelli, who gets in trouble with the law after his drug addiction causes the death of his 3-year-old sister.

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    Steven Reid
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Substance abuse for young adults is a touchy topic, but in "Pillbillies", author KL Randis tiptoes around the issue with finesse and grace. It's one of the greatest fictional stories about drug abuse that I've ever read, and it certainly teaches young adults about the consequences of one's actions and addictions, since it leads to the death of a young child. I highly recommend this."
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    Rx is a young adult novel by Tracy Lynn. It tells the story of Thyme Gilchrest, a high school student who supplies her schoolmates with all the prescription medication they need, fueling their addiction—and hers.


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    Shreyas Nair
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This novel is instructive and full of information to help the young with all their subscription and medication they need. It is a good read for those struggling with drug and substance abuse."
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    #6Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is a cult classic of gonzo journalism. It chronicles a drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times of a road trip that went down in the annals of American pop culture.


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    Cristina Ventura
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which inspired the cult classic movie, is a must-read for anyone brushing up on their American pop culture. This story will change how you look back on American drug culture in the late 1900s."
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    #7Gym Candy

    Gym Candy
    Gym Candy is a young adult novel by Carl Deuker. It tells the story of a high school football player, Mick Johnson, as he turns to supplemental drugs to improve his performance in the field.

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    Huang Wan
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I am not a reader, but I could read Gym Candy several times over. I agree that Gym Candy is the best Youth Adult novel with drug and substance abuse. I would say Gym Candy is a must-read."
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    #8American Flowers

    American Flowers
    American Flowers is a contemporary young adult novel by Michael A. McLellan. It tells the story of two teenagers, Chris and Allie, who turn to drugs to escape from the world of neglect they grew up in.

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    Charles Dunn
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "American Flowers, seem like an interesting young adult novel to give a read. I gave it a shot and I have to say it was a bit of a tough read to go through. The subject matter dealt with young adults and substance abuse. It's not a pleasant topic at all. Along with the extensively lengthy ready, I felt the material, felt too public service announcement like. It needed more depth to the characters as I felt they were too one dimensional. Events just happened out of nowhere and as the reader you were expected to accept it. I'm not sure I can really recommend this as a pleasant read at all."
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    #9Eating Smoke

    Eating Smoke
    Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Crystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland is a nonfiction book written by Chris Thrall and published by Blacksmith Books on September 16, 2011. It follows the story of Thrall in Hong Kong.


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    James Walters
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is the true story of a former marine, Who went to live in Hong Kong. It a tale of his dark decent that led him into the underground world of the Chinese syndicate, living on the streets and addicted to meth. "
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    Glass is the second novel in the Crank series. This young adult fiction novel is written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. It was originally published in 2007.


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    Edward Crawford
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Great sequel to the first book. Continues the story of amazing characters and the writing is top notch as always."
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    #11Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    Anonymously written, Go Ask Alice is a diary—which may be real or fictional— of a teenage girl who got sucked into a drug-filled world. This book chronicles her descent into addiction, as she takes to drugs to escape real life.


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1The Year of My Miraculous ReappearanceBooks 0 Paid
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