Friday, May 24, 2013

Youth Traffic Safety Month: Books with Car Crashes

May is Youth Traffic Safety Month. Traffic related accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.


Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voight. Cheerleader Izzy is excited when a popular senior asks her out. But then he drinks to much and crashes the car, leaving Izzy with severe injuries. After having on of her legs amputated, her entire life changes. People act differently when you're in a wheelchair, especially those who knew you before. Out of print, try to seek out a copy.

If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin. Autumn and Finn have grown up together, and seem fated to end up together... eventually, if only they could get their timing right, but tragedy strikes and nothing works out the way it should.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. After a horrific car accident, cellist Mia is the only surviving member of her family. In a coma, she's caught between life and death, trying to decide which path to choose. Be sure to read the sequel, Where She Went.


The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes. After a car accident, Paige is sent away while her mother does damage control. She's expected to step back into her picture perfect life only to find that the truth accident has changed things with her friends, and made everything a little less perfect, and it may not be a life she wants, anyway.

The Story Of Tom Brennan by JC Burke. After celebrating a rugby victory, Tom's brother Daniel gets drunk, starts a fight, and crashes his car. Two friends are dead and Tom's cousin has spinal injuries. Daniel's sent to jail, and the rest of the family moves away from their small Australian town.

Looking for Alaska by John Green. There is before, and there is after. In the before Miles goes to boarding school and meets his dream girl Alaska. Alaska helps him find his place at the new school, but she is, sadly, taken. And then there is the after.


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Popular mean girl Samantha dies in a car crash, but still wakes up the next morning, only to relive her last day seven times. Each time, she notices how her actions impact those around her, each time she notices something else that needs to be changed, to fixed.

Wrecked by ER Frank. Anna is driving her drunk friend home when she's involved in a head on-collision. Her best friend punctures a lung. The other driver dies. The other driver just happens to be Anna's brother's girlfriend, and the on of the most popular girls in school. Anna knows it was all her fault.

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. Jenna is seriously injured in a car accident that kills her mother. Living in a small town in New Hampshire, trying to recover physically and emotionally, all Jenna wants is to go back to the drugged out haze immediately following the accident.

What are your must read books about car crashes?

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  1. I couldn't let this one go by (I check this site every morning, by the way!): Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver is one of my favorite books of all time. An oldie (published in 1989, maybe?), I think it still holds up pretty well as a depiction of grief for teens. Morgan and Jimmy had been friends for ever, until Jimmy is killed by a drunk driver. This book! I read it a couple of times a year for about a decade.

  2. Ooo, I have't read this one. I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation.


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