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Youth Books

A Selection of Young Adult books dealing with mental health issues:


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (male suicide)

Border Crossing by Jessica Anderson (male with schizophrenia)

Crank by Ellen Hopkins (drug addiction and depression/female)

Crazy by Han Nolan (mental illness of father of male)

Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips (mental illness of mother of female)

Crazy by Amy Reed (bipolar female)

Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan (female experiencing mental illness)

The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez (male/eating disorder)

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (female with OCD)

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno (female anxiety)

Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz (neurotic teen/family dysfunction)

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (female depression)

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (female social anxiety)

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (sexual abuse/suicide ideation)

Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught (schizophrenic male)

The Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar (PTSD male)

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (male anxiety)

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (male agoraphobia)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (male/OCD/grief)

Hold Still by Nina LaCour (female suicide/depression)

Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick (self-harm/female)

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (female father/PTSD)

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (three teens after suicide attempts)

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini  (depression/suicide ideation/male)

List of Cages by Robin Roe (male/ ADHD/abuse)

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert (male bipolar/sexual orientation)

Looking for Alaska by John Green (suicide/female)

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (male schizophrenia)

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork (female depression)

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti (panic attacks and anxiety/female)

Paperweight by Meg Haston (female eating disorder)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (abuse/depression/male)

Running for My Life by Ann Gonzalez (mother’s schizophrenia)

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (female depression)

Schizo by Nic Sheff (male schizophrenic)

Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones (mental illness/female’s sister)

Sure Signs of Crazyby Karen Harrington (mental illness/female’s mother)

The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle (female epilepsy/mental health)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (suicide/female)

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (female OCD)

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (female/anxiety/agoraphobia)

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (male OCD)

Wide Awake by Hilary T. Smith (manic episodes/female)

Wild-Horses by Deb Caletti (mental illness of female’s step-father)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (male depression)

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (eating disorders/female)

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac (female anxiety)

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