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May is mental health awareness month, and I can’t believe I still haven’t talked about it on here, as it’s a topic that I find very important. So without further ado, here are some of my favourite books with (in my opinion) very good mental health representation.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This book really broke me. It was extremely beautifully written, and Kiko’s character arc was really brilliant. She really decided to be the one in charge of her own life, and absolutely rocked it, despite her anxiety and her abusive mom. I really recommend that you read it, if only to educate yourself on various topics! (Full review)
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
rep: anxiety and selective mutism
A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a book that hit hard & close to home because of its anxiety rep. It’s also extremely beautifully written (I honestly love everything that Sara Barnard writes). And it’s very intersting because it shows all the discourse around meds, and how the main character struggles with them, but eventually accepts it, and how it actually helps and she does get better!! And I think that’s beautiful. (Full Review)
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
rep: anxiety and OCD
I waited so long for this book, and when it finally came out, I was glad that I actually waited. John Green put so much effort into it, and with OCD, dealt with a subject that was really personal to him. In my humble opinion, he did very will. I for example thout that the spiraling of thoughts seemed very accurate, and I loved this book all the more for it. The mystery aspect of the novel was nothing much (it was enjoyable but not mind blowing is what I mean to say) however the mental illness rep itself was absolutely fantastic. (Full Review)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Not only does this book deal with grief, but it does so through the POV of a character who has OCD, and that made it all the more powerful and heartbreaking in my opinion. Now, I personally don’t have OCD, but I recognised some of the thinking process that Griffin went through, as I sometimes faced it because of my anxiety, and I thought it was extremely well made. History Is All You Left Me is a bit of a punch-in-the stomach kind of book, but that’s what makes it so good. (Full Review)
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
rep: autism spectrum
The Nowhere Girls is a very strong and powerful book that deals with rape and sexual abuse, told mainly through the perspectives of three teenage girls, and one of them is on the spectrum. Through her chapter, we get to see very closely how she thinks and feels, and how her mom tries all she can to help which was very beautiful. Among other things, it’s a book about being different, and how loved how Erin just accepted how she was: her main struggle was that people would not live her alone. She is a very strong and amazing character who went through a lot, and I love her so much. (Full review)
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for its anxiety representation. For a long time, I thought that how I was feeling was only my shyness and awkwardness, and for that aspect I could really recognize myself in Cath. But anxiety is not normal! You can get help, and seeing a therapist is okay! It can actually go away, and you’ll feel so much better I swear. You don’t have to suffer like that.
Sorry I can’t make a post about mental health rep in books without babbling about Fangirl but this book was so important for me so there we go
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: though it is never stated explicitely, one of the characters shows PTSD syndroms, and another shows signs of being on the spectrum. This book is written very beautifully, and does justice to each one of its characters, so I would really recommend it!
And that’s it for my recommendations this week, please feel free to share some of your favourite books with good mental health representation in the comments because I’m here for them!