This week's topic is #YAsaves. We have to write about a dark YA book that had a real impact on us.
Once again this is a challenge. There are so many books that have profoundly influenced my life, and many of them were dark YA books. I moved all the time when I was a kid. A new country every two to three years, a new house, a new school, new friends. It was challenging, and books were my one constant. No matter where I was, I could dive into a book and find old friends. Books quite literally saved me.
I'm going back now, and trying to remember the ones I read over and over. The ones I still love and cherish in my bookshelf.
There's Second Star to the Right which showed me I wasn't alone in my screwed up thinking when I was twelve or thirteen. It also showed me I could change those thoughts.
There's Walk Through Cold Fire which showed me love could be both tender and violent- often at the same time.
All the books by S E Hinton. Her characters spoke to me in a way no other characters ever have again. Those books made me want to write, and since I was thirteen and first read The Outsiders, I have written.
And there are many more too. I could probably go on for days about all the books that have influenced, changed, affected and nurtured me.
What dark YA books have changed your life?