Kudos to Helene Dunbar for making the cut.
This debut novel follows a boy named Gordie, who grew up in an abusive home in his formative years. One day Gordie’s mother drugs him and his two siblings and drives into a river, Gordie being the only one to escape. The story depicts PTSD from the perspective of a teenager and the emotional struggles accompanied by survivor’s guilt. It’s a dark YA book, but very interesting.