Controversial Song of the Day: “Never Too Late” by Three Days Grace
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
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When I was in high school, a close friend of mine ended her own life after breaking up with her boyfriend. When Quita was in high school, one of her ex-boyfriends also committed suicide. We couldn’t believe it–we didn’t want to believe it. But since we know it can happen to anyone–not just to people on TV–this is a topic near and dear to our hearts.
We work with teenagers everyday, and since I’m a counselor, I’m constantly on preventative alert. People joke all the time about how dramatic teens are, but any thoughts of hurting themselves is something I do not joke about. When one of my students was wrestling with the idea of suicide, I recommended a book to him (after alerting his parents and using several other counseling interventions, of course). Here are a few YA titles (or books with teen characters) that deal with teen suicide:
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Pact by Jodi Picoult
- Hold Still by Nina Lacour
- By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters
- Girl Parts by John M. Cusick
Have you ever written about suicide in any of your novels? What other books would you add to this list?