What are the best YA novels with violence and abuse?

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    #1Just Listen

    Just Listen
    Just Listen is a book by It tells the story of Annabel from a girl who has everything to a girl who has nothing. Her best friend dumped her, and her sister is anorexic. She feels unwanted. Her life starts to change when she meets a tall, dark and music lover Owen Armstrong.

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    Thomas Jensen
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "At first I was uncomfortable with Annabelle and how she handled everything in her life. Then Owen made things come together. This book carries with it so many valuable lessons. Intense and sweet. A tough combo to pull off, but Sarah Dessen has done it. And then some."
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    #2The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones
    Susie is a 14 years old girl who has the chance of seeing how life goes on after she dies: she is able to see how everyone copes with her loss, how her family still has hopes of finding her despite being already dead and how the man who raped and killed her continues his life.

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    Alan Gray
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The best YA novel with violence and abuse is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The story focuses on a young teenage girl named Susie, from the point her point of view after her death while she is in heaven looking down on her family. It is a heart-breaking, as well as uplifting tale."
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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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    Juan Valadez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Crank is an interesting novel that grabbed my attention due to its focus on drug addiction, violence and abuse. While I couldn't relate to it much, a young adult going through similar struggles might enjoy it."
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    Burned is the first book in the Burned series written by Ellen Hopkins. This young adult fiction verse book was originally published in 2006. This book is about the troubles that the main character gets herself into.

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    Christopher Hudson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Burned was written by Ellen Hopkins and is the first in a series and it was an amazing book! Although it involves a girl in an abusive family, she begins to think about finding God and Love. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good read."
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    #5Among the Shrouded

    Among the Shrouded
    Among the Shrouded is the first book in the young adult paranormal series The Sevens Prophecy written by Amalie Jahn which follows the lives of Mia, Thomas, and Kate possessing paranormal abilities.

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    Ying Ding
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I know the genre of this book. The summary has introduced me to the characters. I also know the plot. What I am missing is some detail. I can assume the characters are teenagers because it is young adult. What happens in their lives besides paranormal experience?"
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    #6The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Timothy Fowler
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite YA novels. Charlie's life is so interestingly portrayed through his diaries. This book does a great job of recreating what it is like to be a teen. I recommend this book to the young and old alike. It carries such depth and meaning. Highly recommended!"
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    #7Splatterpunk (A Glimpse into Hell)

    Splatterpunk (A Glimpse into Hell)
    Splatterpunk is a splatterpunk horror written by Wade H. Garrett as the third book in A Glimpse into Hell series. With over 600 pages, this book is published in 2014.

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    Helen Dean
    Written on May 10, 2018
    ""Splatterpunk" is an apt name for this book, and not necessarily in a good way. I had a hard time stomaching my way through this one, and wouldn't really recommend it. There's realism, but this goes too far."
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    #8Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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    Randy Hanson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Definitely a disappointment. I though this book was going to be amazing, but after finishing it that's definitely not the word I would use to describe it. I didn't care for any of the characters because I didn't have the time to connect with any of them, the story just moved too fast to do so. I barely knew a thing about Clay when he stared a romantic relationship with the main character. And, for me, the ending was kind of predictable? For me, it didn't work. "
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    #9When 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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    Frank Chavez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "xteen-year-old Jeff, returning home after having been kidnapped and held prisoner for three years, must face his family, friends, and school and the widespread assumption that he engaged in sexual activity with his kidnapper."
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    Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is published in 2000. This young adult novel tells the story of Caitlin who forgets everything whenever she is with Rogerson. Caitlin is stuck in a quite unreal semiconscious dreamland.

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    Jack Aguilar
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Dreamland is a very powerful book the tells the story of a young who struggles with love. It deals with sensitive subjects like sex, drugs, and physical abuse, but its a gripping read nonetheless. Love is a journey ad Dreamland proves this is no exception. "
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    #11Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Peter Cole
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Lord of the Flies is an absolute classic. Just do not play the game with your friends afterward. No one wants to be "Piggy". It is just a bad idea."
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    #12A 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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    Larry Sims
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book isn't anything to write home about. It has some solid points and is a good commentary but that's all."
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    First published in 1988, Matilda is a children's book by acclaimed author, Roald Dahl. It tells the story of Matilda, an intelligent little girl with superpowers, as she faces off with the school principal, the cruel Mrs. Trunchbull.

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    William Lopez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Matilda was a great movie. I thought the book would be a good read. I read it and came away thinking about how abused she was. I liked the movie better only because it did not make me nearly as sad."
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    Speak is the multi-award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a harrowing young adult story about rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, and isolation in teens. It was published in 1999 and was adapted to film in 2004.


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    Kenneth Harris
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is a fantastic solution to the topic that addresses the issues searched for. This is completely on point and the search really zeroed in on what I wanted."
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    Sold is a young adult realistic fiction written by Patricia McCormick. This book tackles social abuse and it is published in 2006 by Disney-Hyperion. 


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    Vihaan Pillai
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "You know you're in for a fun book when it starts by absolving the title character of any responsibility because her father "tricked" her. Into prostitution. How clever. While this is a fun fantasy for many women to read, I found myself not really being aroused at all."
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    #16The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Cheryl Willis
    Written on April 29, 2018
    ""The Book Thief" dazzles with an array of amazing characters. It is one of the best YA novels with violence and abuse. It really allows one to transcend into this time period and feel the fear."
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    #17Such 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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    Elizabeth Davis
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This was a YA novel and did contain violence and abuse. I can't say it was the best because the topic was terrible. Not my genre and I would not let my kids read it. I did not like this book in any fashion so it should not be the best of anything in my opinion."
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    Impulse is a young adult fiction novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. This is the first novel in the Impulse series, and it was first published in 2007.


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    Howard Holmes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I'm always looking for young adult novels that deal with the themes of violence and abuse. However, the story Impulse treats these themes as meaningless and provides no time in addressing these central concepts. Because this story only mentions these themes in passing, this novel is completely childish. "
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    #19Lessons 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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    Stephen Banks
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I like books. I certainly love ones with characters who deal with violence and abuse. Lessons from a Dead Girl filled up my thirst for life and for what I wanted to see. I think this really felt natural and the book dealt with issues that have a real purpose in today's world."


Best What are the best YA novels with violence and abuse
1Just ListenBooks 26 Paid
2The Lovely BonesBooks 20 Paid
3CrankBooks 16 Paid
4BurnedBooks 11 Paid
5Among the ShroudedBooks 5 Paid
6The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 0 Paid
7Splatterpunk (A Glimpse into Hell)Books 0 Paid
8Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 0 Paid
9When Jeff Comes HomeBooks 0 Paid
10DreamlandBooks 0 Paid

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