What are the best YA novels with violence and abuse?

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    Stephanie Stone
    Written on October 17, 2018
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      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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      $10.99

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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..."
      TJ
      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."
    2. 20
      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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      $15.99

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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..."
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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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      Katherine Pena
      Written on May 10, 2018
      "A great read for anyone, but such a sad story. This story line will keep you guessing, and turning the pages to find out more of Susie's story."
    3. 16
      Crank
      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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      $10.4

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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..."
      JV
      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
      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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      $12.99

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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..."
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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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      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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      $14.99

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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..."
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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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      Dreamland
      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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      $10.99

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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..."
      JA
      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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      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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      $2.99

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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..."
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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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      Matilda
      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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      $7.99

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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..."
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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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      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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      $24.95

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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."
      LS
      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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      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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      $14

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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..."
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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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      Lord of the Flies

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

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      $9.99

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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."
      PC
      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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      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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      $16.99

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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..."
      SB
      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."
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      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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      $45.51 - Varies by seller

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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..."
      FC
      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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      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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      $10.99

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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..."
      RH
      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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      Jacob Palmer
      Written on May 13, 2018
      "Thirteen Reasons Why is a rough book to read. Suicide among youths is always a tough subject, and this book illustrates why well. The story of the young man trying to learn why his crush killed herself is one of discovery and pain. There's always something in there to make you sad, but it's a sadness worth feeling for perspective gained."
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      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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      $14.99

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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..."
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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!"
      JB
      Jonathan Bishop
      Written on May 12, 2018
      "Compelling characters, Excellent storytelling book about growing up."
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      Speak

      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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      $10.99

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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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      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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      Impulse

      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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      $22.99 - Varies by Condition

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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..."
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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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      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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      $14.99

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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..."
      CW
      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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      Sold

      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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      $15.99

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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. ..."
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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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    Best YA novels with violence and abuse
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Just Listen Books 26 Paid
    2 The Lovely Bones Books 20 Paid
    3 Crank Books 16 Paid
    4 Burned Books 11 Paid
    5 Among the Shrouded Books 5 Paid
    6 Dreamland Books 0 Paid
    7 Splatterpunk (A Glimpse into Hell) Books 0 Paid
    8 Matilda Books 0 Paid
    9 A Walk Across the Sun Books 0 Paid
    10 Such a Pretty Girl Books 0 Paid
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