O is for (Books About) Overcoming #atozchallenge

For A to Z 2018, my theme is Books About ____. If you’re stopping by from your own A to Z blog, feel free to leave a link. If you need help with how to do that, you can look here.

If you’re someone looking to read a lot of great blogs, here’s the link for the A to Z challenge.

Most books, on some level, can be boiled down to a plot about overcoming something. Romances are all about overcoming internal or external barriers to find love. Horror novels are about overcoming the awful thing to survive.

But there are a few books that are more about on overcoming something huge, and so I picked a few to focus on today.

Ice Castles, by Leonore Fleischer (YA before YA was a thing?): Lexie wants to be a figure skater more than anything, but she doesn’t have much money, and she’s “too old” to train. When she gets an opportunity to get the training she’s wanted, she goes for it. But when a freak accident threatens to stop her from reaching her dreams, she needs to call on every bit of strength she has to overcome the odds against her. I read it as a teenager and was inspired by Lexie’s determination. It’s one of my go-to feel-good books, especially if I’m feeling sorry for myself and need a reminder that the only thing holding me back is me. (The movie was good too.)

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (literary): Montag is a “fireman,” one of the people who burn books. When a woman is ready to die for her book collection, he starts to wonder what’s so special about books, and the first time he opens one, he feels like he’s connected to another world. Montag has to overcome everything he’s been told and then flee from the people who are pursuing him for daring to read. The first time I read this book, I connected to it deeply. I can’t even imagine how I’d feel if someone told me they had to burn all my books. The world Bradbury constructed is terrifying but also feels like something that could happen. I can understand why someone would literally die for their books.

Made You Up, by Francesca Zappia (YA): I’m always hesitant to recommend this book. I loved it, but the main character supposedly has schizophrenia (which I think is wonderful). However, it’s fictional schizophrenia and doesn’t really look the way it would in real life. So if you do read this book (and it’s good if you know it’s complete fiction), please remember it’s not much like real schizophrenia. Anyway… Alex is a high school senior who can’t always tell the difference between fiction and reality. She has to literally overcome the false information her brain is telling her in order to have the life she wants.

Those are my picks. What are your favorite books about overcoming?