I used to call the teen non-fiction section “Sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll” because it consisted largely of books on puberty, the dangers of drug use, and boy bands. Happily, this collection has changed and broadened in scope over the last decade and there are some truly fascinating books that will appeal to teens (and some adults as well). Here are two new titles I enjoyed reading this month:
Have you ever had a nightmare that stuck with you long after it was over? In Allison’s sophomore year of high school, she dreamed that she had brain cancer and was going to die young. When she woke up, she was convinced that her nightmare was a reality and she started doing everything in her power to counteract the cancer. It started out by not stepping on cracks, but then morphed into avoiding all sorts of things. Blue pens were not okay. The computer emitted cancer-causing rays. Using notebook paper? Nope. Food became an issue as did her clothing. In a few short months, her obsessive-compulsive disorder had turned her life completely upside down. I knew this girl was in trouble long before her pink sweater started throwing an attitude. The question for me was, why didn’t her parents? Obsessed by Allison Britz is a frightening memoir of one girl’s descent into mental illness and her fight to regain her life.
Here are ten books from the teen nonfiction collection that I’ve enjoyed over the last few years.