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7 Must-Read Books About Abuse For Young Adults

This article showcases our top picks for ‘Books About Abuse For Young Adults’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.


Cyberblade by William Z. Stone

This product was recommended by Livebook Publishing from Livebook Publishing

Set in the far future, where drugs, crime, and cyborgs rule the streets. A dystopian setting, lack of government regulation, and prevalence of drug-pushers lead to several characters struggling with addiction. Each character is colourful in their own way, the reason they self-medicate with illicit substances different, and each character progresses on separate journeys in order to get clean. All the while they fight the corruption behind the pandemic and seek to bring equality to an unjust system.


Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

This product was recommended by Allan Borch from DotcomDollar

Set in the far future, where drugs, crime, and cyborgs rule the streets. A dystopian setting, lack of government regulation, and prevalence of drug-pushers lead to several characters struggling with addiction. Each character is colourful in their own way, the reason they self-medicate with illicit substances different, and each character progresses on separate journeys in order to get clean. All the while they fight the corruption behind the pandemic and seek to bring equality to an unjust system.


Out of the Fog by Dana Morningstar

This product was recommended by Robin Madelain from Etias-Europe

Out of the Fog: Moving from Confusion to Clarity After Narcissistic Abuse by Dana Morningstar compares and contrasts of these concepts so that targets of any type of manipulation and abuse can make a more empowered decision.


Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas

This product was recommended by Robin Madelain from Etias-Europe

Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas LCSW walks the reader through each of the six recovery stages researched and developed by the author. The stages are: Despair, Education, Awakening, Boundaries, Restoration and Maintenance.


Whole Again by Jackson MacKenzie

This product was recommended by Robin Madelain from Etias-Europe

Whole Again: Healing Your Heart and Rediscovering Your True Self After Toxic Relationships and Emotional Abuse by Jackson MacKenzie addresses and provides crucial guidance on topics and conditions like: complex PTSD, Narcissistic abuse, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Codependency, Core wounding, toxic shame, Borderline Personality Disorder, and so many more.


Gladversity by Laura Borland

This product was recommended by Dr. Patricia Celan from Gladversity

How can people survive abuse as a child and go through life not with post-traumatic stress disorder, but with post-traumatic growth? This book is filled with inspirational real-life stories from people who have overcome various types of adversity and thrived.


Things We Haven’t Said by Erin Moulton

This product was recommended by Dave Pedley from Your Cub

It’s often said that experience is the best teacher. But, what if there’s a better way for young adults to learn the consequences before experiencing them? This book allows young adults to learn from the experiences of other people without having to go through abuse themselves. This book tells the story of sexual abuse victims and their road to recovery. Sexual abuse is often an area most adults don’t talk about. This book gives voice to these issues and gives Young Adults an understanding of what it means to be on the receiving end of that abuse.

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