2) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kieley. This continues to be my favorite YA novel about race and police brutality, just because it's so emotionally powerful. It is a fantastic book.
4) Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. This YA historical fiction addresses a lot of important issues, but the thing that strikes me most is its depiction of juvenile domestic violence, a form of abuse that, like emotional abuse, is not talked about nearly enough.
5) But I Love Him by Amanda Grace. This YA novel makes use of a backwards narrative structure in order to depict an abusive relationship (with aspects of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse), and it brings the point across quite well.
6) The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Perez. In this gritty YA novel about gangs, street violence, and more, an unexpected speculative aspect leads to a stunning conclusion.
7) The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. This may be the most brutal YA novel I have ever read about rape, and it is powerful. The fact that the rapist is her brother's best friend, who is known and trusted by her whole family, just adds to the devastating effect of the story.
8) How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon. Though All American Boys is my favorite on the subject, this YA contemporary told from a multitude of (sometimes unreliable) perspectives also does a great job at addressing race and wrongful death, along with street violence and other issues.
9) The Fix by Natasha Sinel. This YA contemporary is a beautiful slow burn that gradually cuts through the powerful drug that is denial to reveal a wealth of family dysfunction, including past sexual abuse.
10) Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. This YA contemporary novel tells the chilling story of a teenage girl who goes with her family on a trip to their homeland of Pakistan, only to find that they are forcing her into an unwanted marriage.
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