Top Ten Tuesday #14: Books to read if you’re in the mood to be indignant

This week’s topic was open-ended. We were supposed to list 10 books to read if you’re in the mood for X. Looking at my Goodreads “read” shelf, I came up with the following 10 books if you like to get mad on someone else’s behalf. All of these books have characters that are treated unfairly or are in horrible situations with completely unsympathetic people surrounding them. I don’t enjoy injustice, but I do like to get fired up sometimes. Do you?
George by Alex Gino
That teacher! OMG. She made me so mad! But George is so brave and wonderful. This story is so amazing. It was my first book of 2016, and it was a 5 star read. Such a great way to start the year.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor’s step father was so horrible! I get so mad when women put their kids in terrible situations because they’re too weak to walk away. And the kids at school. So mean! But the romance makes this story so good.
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Every teen should read this book. Seriously. It’s illustrates how much a rumor can ruin someone’s life. This book mad me SO mad. But it’s so well written. I loved it!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Caste system type stories always piss me off. It’s just so unfair! And then on top of all of that Mare gets sucked into more awfulness when she goes to work at the palace. I am next on the waiting list for Glass Sword, and I can’t wait to see what else Aveyard has in store for this series. I loved this book.
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Somehow I didn’t read this book until I was 23 years old. As a twin, I don’t know how that is possible! I’ve read this book 3 times now, and I gets me angry every time. I just can’t stand how differently everyone treats Sara Louise and Caroline. 
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
Rachel’s family disowns her for leaving their church. Need I say more? So unfair. Jennifer Mathieu is so talented. I can’t wait for her next book to come out in September.
The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
Carla had such a hard life. All she wanted was for someone to take care of her. Her story is tragic and heart breaking, and I just wanted someone to help her. So awful. And so infuriating, but sadly very realistic. A very eye-opening story.
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
Anna and Luke are suffering from dementia, and yet they fall in love. Why won’t people just let them be together?! Another story that got me seriously fired up, but I really enjoyed this book.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Abduction stories are always hard to read, but this book is so awful…and amazingly well written. I really want to see the movie. Somehow I missed it when it was in the theater.
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Another book where the cruelness of teenagers will make you mad. Such a good read though.
Have you read any of these books? How did they make you feel? Have you read any other books that made you feel indignant?

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  1. I felt the same way about Room. I would also add Between the World and Me. I was outraged by so many of the experiences described by the author. Another one I'd add would be Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss. There is so much shady stuff going on in the food industry.

  2. I have Room on my bedside table right now from the library for a book club meeting in April and I just haven't been able to bring myself to read it. I can't see how I will like the plot although I've heard it is so good!!! Convince me? haha šŸ™‚

    1. The circumstances in the story are horrible, but the mother's love for her son is amazing. Have you seen the Italian movie "Life Is Beautiful" about the father and son in the concentration camps in WWII? It's very similar to that. And the writing is so good. I listened to it at least 4 years ago, but it's one that has stayed with me. I think you will enjoy it.

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