Today it is time for another recommendations post. Today’s theme is mental health. I thought since it is mental health awareness week that this is the perfect time to do this one. All the books on this list feature some element of mental health or illness. This is such an important topic so I felt like it deserved it’s own post. So, here we go.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
This is an incredible book that tackles some really different topics in a very tactful and often funny way. In this lovely little book you follow a young teenage girl who is struggling with anxiety. As someone who suffers with this I love this book, due to how well it handles the topic and how accurately it portrays it. Admittedly, it can wash over certain aspects of the condition, but it is the best that I have found so far. I really liked this book. I feel liked this is one of those books that everyone should read, because of how well it handles the topic.
We Were Liars by E Lockhart
Set on a private island, you follow Cadence as she slowly uncovers the events that scared her family. This young adult contemporary will break your heart. It grips you from page one, pulling you in. It handles the topic of PTSD with amazing care and attention and addresses everything amazingly. You will not be able to put it down. It is a truly stunning book with so many twists and turns it will leave you dizzy. This is one of my favourite reads ever. If you are only going to read one book this year, make it this one (although word of warning, do not read any reviews before reading it. Just trust me on that one).
When We Collided by Emery Lord
This book is a stunning young adult contemporary. It follows two main characters, Jonah and Vivi as they spend their summer falling in love with each other. Vivi whirls into town, this vibrant, bundle of energy and turns Jonah’s life upside down. All is not as simple as it may seem though. Jonah is still grieving his father, dealing with his mothers break down and trying to play parent to his three young siblings and Vivi has plenty of demons herself. It is a beautiful story about love and loss, darkness and light. It is truly wonderful.
The Sky Is Everywhere
This is also a young adult contemporary. It follows it’s main character, Lennon (aka, Lennie), as she grieves the sudden loss of her sister, deals with depression and falls in love. This book is incredible. You will laugh and cry, and completely fall in love with the characters. This story is beautiful. It is incredibly well written and just contains so many important messages. It is a slightly heavier read, in the sense that it is quiet dark at times, but it is well worth a read. (her other book, I’ll Give You The Sun is also worth a read)
All The Bright Places by Jenifer Niven
you will cry when reading this book. In this book follows two teenagers, Violet and Finch, one who dealing with loss and grief, and the other who is depressed and suicidal. This book is utterly heartbreaking. It is so incredibly written. It is the first book in this genre that I ever read, and it was brilliant. Admittedly, there are some issues with it, especially considering the adults in the book, but overall it dealt with some very difficult topics beautifully. It is well worth a read.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
You need to read this book at least once in your lifetime. In this book you follow 16 year old Charlie as he starts high school and struggles to find his place in the world. You watch as he struggles with anxiety and depression, but without knowing what they are and eventually uncover that he is suffering from PTSD. This is a beautiful book full of friendship and finding yourself, family, love and high school. It is so stunningly written that you cannot help but fall in love with it.
And those are the best books on mental health/illness that I have read so far. I know that there are many more out there and I want to read them all. This is such an important topic that we all need to explore more. Every post this week will be themed around this topic, so look out for them. I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.
Mind UK – 0300 123 3393 (or text 86463)
Smaraitans – 116 123
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