Rip Me Up

By SaRoseCav

By SaRoseCav

Books that tore me wide open.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

$18.00 $16.56

You can read my full Goodreads review here ( but since reading another of her books I've since decided that HY is probably a sadist.

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

Patrick Ness and Jim Kay

$12.00 $11.04

"Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak? havoc, wrought. crying migraine for sure tomorrow.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

David Wroblewski

$16.99 $15.63

I'm not giving away any more than the book flap in saying that it is basically a retelling of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays- and not one of the happy ones- and dogs are some of the major characters. So it is ridiculously heart-wrenching, and very close to not-worth-it. But I think I have to come down on the side of "worth it".


Octavia E. Butler

$16.00 $14.72

Profoundly human, and profoundly disturbing. Butler effectively uses an old fantasy/sci-fi trope (time travel to some alien and terrifying locale) to illustrate the horrors of our own too-recent history. But the horrors aren't really the main point - the human capacity to adjust to any situation, with all the positives and negatives that entails - is. As well as how hopelessly complicated and confusing human relationships are - in general, but particularly when race, gender, and power are thrown into the equation. Unsettling.