Hello everyone, in honour of Mental Health Awareness month, today’s #T5W topic is ‘Books featuring Mental Health’. When I was thinking of books that I wanted to recommend for this topic, I realised I really haven’t read that many books featuring mental health, which shocked me if I’m being honest. I have recently purchased a few that I want to get to soon so hopefully I can add to my recommendations in the future 🙂
If you would like more information on Top 5 Wednesday then you can find the Goodreads group here. (As always these aren’t in order just my top 5).
*Side Note – I will include trigger warnings for each book and also I can’t speak for all the representation in these books but for me I thought it was done very well*
1 – Turtles All The Way Down – John Green | Goodreads |
Trigger Warning: OCD
Okay so it is a bit weird for me to include this on my list because I didn’t like this book. HOWEVER, the OCD rep in this book is incredible. Before reading this I hadn’t read any books with OCD rep and I connected to Asa so much. I believe this is an own voices novel and you can really tell that John Green knows what he’s talking about because it is a very detailed depiction of OCD. It’s just a shame that it was kind of ruined by the ridiculous plot. I still think it is worth a read if you want good OCD rep.
2 – Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia | Goodreads |
Trigger Warning: Anxiety, mentions of suicide
This was one of my favourite books of last year. Along with the great relationship between Wallace and Eliza, the representation of anxiety in this book is done very well. It shows Eliza working through things when she is forced out of her comfort zone and how she deals with this in the long term. Plus Wallace has a troubled past and although it isn’t in his perspective, you do get to learn about his struggles past and present.
3 – Because We Are Bad – Lily Bailey | Goodreads |
Trigger Warning: OCD
This one might be cheating a little bit because I’ve only read half of it BUT I do plan on finishing it at some point. Prior to starting this book I thought it was fiction but turns out it is a memoir. I can say in the first half that I read I have never related to someone more in my life. I have read a few books with good OCD rep but the author’s struggles are so similar to my own that at times it felt like I was reading about my own life. For someone who wants to learn more about OCD, this is definitely the book for you. I think what the author also does well is try to break down barriers by sharing pretty much everything that she struggled with. She acknowledges that many people, like myself before suffering from it, thinks OCD is just wanting things to be organised and clean. It is such a complex mental illness that can be so debilitating and you can really understand that when reading this. More people need to read this!
4 – I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios | Goodreads |
Trigger Warning: PTSD, mentions of alcoholism
I might have to re-read this and do a full review for it because there’s too much to talk about in this post. This book follows Skylar and Josh who live in a very small town full of trailer parks, where no one is really expected to ever leave. Skylar has received a scholarship to go to her dream college but worries that might not happen when her mum loses her job and starts drinking again. Josh has recently returned from Afghanistan where he lost a leg, fighting in the war. They both work at a quirky motel outside their town and quickly form a strong bond. This story is so beautiful and portrays both of their struggles so well. In my opinion, there isn’t enough of Josh’s perspective in this book, but even in his limited chapters his experiences with PTSD and accounts of the war are heartbreaking to read about.
5 – Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone | Goodreads |
Trigger Warning: OCD
This book follows Sam who suffers from Purely – obsessional OCD and she is constantly consumed with dark thoughts. Sam is introduced to a ‘secret’ poetry club in her school and is instantly drawn to this friendship group, who are mostly ignored by the rest of the students at the school. Whilst I couldn’t relate to the representation as much in this book, I thought it was a good portrayal of OCD but the poetry aspect was definitely my favourite part. This isn’t an own voices novel but I remember reading about how the author knew someone with Pure-O, as it is referred to, and she did a lot of research and work with this person to get the portrayal as accurate as possible – which I can definitely appreciate!
I hope you guys enjoyed these recommendations. Are there any books featuring mental health that you would recommend?
Thanks for reading 🙂