Precious (Sapphire, 1997)--also titled Push--An unwed, pregnant teen attempts to overcome poverty, abuse, illiteracy, and incest to make a better life for herself and her two children
Speak (Anderson, 2006)--High school student Melinda stops speaking, loses her vitality, and becomes a social outcast after she is raped at a party.
A Child Called "It" (Pelzer)--An autobiographical account of author David Pelzer and the horrific abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother.
Living Dead Girl (Scott)--Not for the faint of heart, Living Dead Girl relates the story of a 16-year old girl who was kidnapped at the age of 11 and forced into sexual slavery.
Boy Toy (Lyga)--Told from the perspective of a high school boy who two years ago had an affair with his English teacher.