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I have several because it is always difficult to choose just one for these types of topics... so enjoy!
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
I'm not sure if there will ever be a book that could hold a candle to The Bell Jar; at least, in my opinion. It is a classic, semi-autobiographical story that grips you from the very beginning.
Synopsis: (taken from courses.vcu.edu)
The Bell Jar takes an extremely perceptive look at adolescent alienation. The novel’s protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a thinly veiled persona of Plath herself, and the whole novel is autobiographical. The Bell Jar follows Esther, excellent student, prize-winning writer, and socially awkward adolescent, through one summer of gradual mental breakdown, and her subsequent time in mental hospitals.
The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf
The Weight of Silence was the author's first novel but you would never know it. I read this book in less than two days. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
Synopsis: (taken from the back of the book)
It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.
Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.
Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.
Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.
My Horizontal Life - Chelsea Handler
Not for the easily offended... but hilarious all the same. This was another book I read in less than three days. I couldn't wait to hear the next ridiculous story. I'm eager to read the rest of her books.
Synopsis: (taken from amazon.com)