For many people, October means more than just pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. It’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a time to raise consciousness about a deadly disease. As we think about detection and treatment, one thing often overlooked is the affect a cancer diagnosis has on loved ones, especially kids.
For lots of teenagers affected by cancer, sometimes there really is no one to talk to–or at least it sure feels that way. That’s where literature can make a huge difference. Books allow teens to feel like they aren’t alone and can give a sense of hope when things otherwise look hopeless. Thankfully, with the recent explosion of Young Adult literature, more and more authors are tackling stories about teens coping with cancer. Here are some great Young Adult fiction books that paint a realistic picture of cancer and help to show that all the emotions—the fear, blame, guilt, selfishness—are normal.
Make sure to share your own additions to this list in the comments or tweet @RektokRoss. To find out more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out http://www.nbcam.org.