This month’s theme is: Mental Illness
I think that Mental Illness in YA is one of the most important things that is currently extremely lacking in the books that I find to read. As someone who suffers from Mental Illnesses, and has been for a few years. It can be really sad to find yourself completely un-represented in the books you read – but thankfully, that’s improving! Onto the books!
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The MC in this book has OCD – and personally, I prefer to read ‘own voice’ novels as they seem more probable to be accurate and realistic, and in this case, Patrick Ness (one of my favourite authors) does have OCD. Another one of the smaller MC’s is also recovering from anorexia. This is honestly a great book and one that I think everyone should read, or at least add to their TBR list.
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
This book was amazing. This is again another own voice novel, and honestly, while reading this I saw myself so much in the main character and I cried and laughed so much throughout. This book is honestly so amazing and I can’t wait for Adam Silver’s next book to come out in February!
- All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I’ve seen a lot of people criticise this book for “romanticising” however, in this case, I am going to have to disagree. While reading this I did not see Finch having depression and then getting together with Violet as “romanticising” – having any sort of mental illness does not deprive you of being able to get into a functional relationship. I loved this book so much and it will continue to be one of my favourites!
- Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
The thing I loved most about this book was the repetition of the fact that you never get better straight away. Despite the fact that the main character’s family are happy to help her and accept her fully – that doesn’t mean that she gets better right away, they seem to be trying the best they can but in all the wrong ways. Her family were well intentioned but uneducated in the needs of their child – which is somethign I have never seen in a book.