This week is mental health awareness week and so everything that I post this week will be centred around mental health and helping to raise awareness and end the stigma. I have done this every year since starting my blog and will do it every year as I feel this is so important. As someone who struggles with mental illness helping to raise awareness means a lot to me. This year I have chosen to focus on Anxiety disorders as it it the mental illness that I personally struggle with. so this year I am using mental heal awareness week to help battle the stigma surrounding anxiety. Today I thought that I would talk about 5 books that feature anxiety and show it in a true and honest way. so, let so this!
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
This is a heart-breaking story about losing a loved one and finding yourself. This story follows Griffin, a 17-year-old with sever obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety, as he tries to come to terms with the death of his first love. This is such a moving story that will leave you completely heartbroken. It handles mental illness brilliantly and also contains LGTBQA+ representation. This is such a fantastic little book. if you are looking for an incredible mental health book, then you need to pick this one up. One of the most honest depictions of anxiety that I have ever read.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is one of my favourite contemporaries that I have read last year. It follows 18-year-old Cath, an avid fanfiction writer, as she navigates her way through her first year of college all while coping with anxiety. this book is full of brilliant characters, amazing relationships and complex storylines. You cannot help but fall in love with the characters and the storyline. It is sweet and funny, but also sad and so relatable. This story was so much more complex then I was expecting and I ended up really enjoying it. The anxiety element is handled beautifully and isn’t just used as a plot point like it is in some books. it is just another part of the story and I loved that. it made it feel so realistic.
By Your Side by Kasie West
This book contains one of the most honest and relatable representations of anxiety that I have ever read. the story follows Autumn, a teenager with severe anxiety. I can personally relate to this story as Autumn has told no one except her parents about her anxiety. Not a single one of her friends. She is determined to deal with it alone and not be seen as weak. Throughout this book you see her struggling to cope with her anxiety and eventually opening up about it. this is such a fantastic book that I enjoyed far more then I was ever expecting to. Even now, nearly 2 years on, I still think about this book on a regular basis. It just handled the topic perfectly.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
This is a stunningly moving contemporary story that follows 17-year-old Norah, a girl with agoraphobia, OCD and generalized anxiety disorder. Throughout this book you watch her struggles and triumphs, her highs and her lows. This is just one of those stories that really stays with you. it is without a doubt the best portrayal of these conditions that I have ever read. such an incredibly amazing read. you need to read this book!
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
I am currently about half way through this book but I couldn’t not include it on this list. It has one of the most accurate portrayals of anxiety that I have ever seen, to the extent that it is almost triggering. It perfectly captures of thought processes surrounding anxiety and the feelings. I have had to stop reading on several occasions because of how unbelievably accurate it is. Everyone should read this book, even if just to understand what anxiety is like for people a little bit better.
And there we have it. those are five of the best books to feature anxiety that I have read so far. A little shout out to Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky as well. all three of these feature anxiety brilliantly, I just wasn’t the biggest fan of the books in general, but I cannot fault their portrayal of mental illness. What is, in your opinion, the best book to feature anxiety? Any that you think that I should read? as always during mental health awareness week there are some links before for help if you require it and I am always here and willing to listen. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.
Mind UK – 0300 123 3393 (or text 86463)
Smaraitans – 116 123
Crisis Helpline (USA) – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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