Nearly 68 percent of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem. From teenagers to celebrities like Leslie Jones, it鈥檚 an issue that can affect almost anyone (and it doesn鈥檛 help that Donald Trump鈥檚 Twitter tantrums are perpetuating harassment culture online either). With the problem growing at such a rapid pace, it鈥檚 no wonder why people are pushing to more adequately criminalize cyberbullying in America.

Along with being the unofficial holiday of pumpkin spice everything, October is National Cyberbullying Prevention Month. That鈥檚 why we decided to make some room in our October reading list for some amazing young adult reads that tackle the tough issues of online harassment.


1. Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman ($11): Lara鈥檚 life seemed to be on an upswing. That was until her crush Christian bashed her on Facebook in front of the entire school. Now overcome with depression and suicidal thoughts, Lara must face the biggest challenge of her life: learning to survive.


2. #Scandal by Sarah Ockler ($8): We鈥檝e all had a few tagged Facebook pics that we never want to see again, but this story trumps just about all of ours. When a photo of Lucy snogging with her BFF鈥檚 boyfriend at the prom surfaces, her classmates are quick to brand her a slut and a backstabber all over social media.


3. Boar Island by Nevada Barr ($17): Driven to despair by online harassment, one young teen attempts to commit suicide only to be found mid-act by her parents. In an effort to get her out of this harmful environment, they agree to move young Elizabeth across the country to live with a family friend 鈥 but her online stalker follows her there too.


4. Random by Tom Leveen ($7): When Tori received a random phone call from a wrong number, she decides to stay on the line. Why? Because the caller is about to drive off a cliff if she doesn鈥檛 tell him why he shouldn鈥檛 kill himself. Expertly maneuvering through Tori鈥檚 previous cyberbullying incident that landed her on trial for aggravated manslaughter, Tom Leveen鈥檚 novel is a must for young teens and adults alike.


5. Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr ($12): Catfishing isn鈥檛 always as crazy as Nev Schulman鈥檚 hit reality show. In this twisted new novel, a group of teens catfish Annalise by creating the perfect virtual guy. But what they do in the online world has serious consequences IRL.


6. Body and Bone by L.S. Hawker ($12): Nessa Donati鈥檚 husband John relapsed on drugs and went missing. But when a commenter on Nessa鈥檚 blog starts harassing her online by releasing personal details that only her husband would know, she sets off to find answers鈥 and more questions.


7. Jekyll鈥檚 Mirror by William Hussey ($5): 鈥淧roject Hyde鈥 is a new social networking site where users can enjoy total anonymity. Yep, in a world that almost sinisterly parallels our modern problems, this amazing novel by William Hussey questions how and why cyberbullying manifests.

What are you doing to help end cyberbullying this October? Tweet us your comments by mentioning @BritandCo!

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