Top 10: Books dealing with mental illness (guest post by Kim Baccellia)
My early years growing up in Sacramento were filled with lots of confusion and fear. At the time, I knew something wasn’t quite right with my father but the one time I did confine in a friend? I was labeled ‘bad’ and a bad example. Only later did I found out that most of the young women in my church were told to avoid me. As if you could catch what was happening in my home.
I felt so alone. My church wouldn’t help my family. Other people would avoid us as if we had the plague.
I wanted to know all I could about this mental illness as I believe knowledge is power. What I found is there is still a stigma attached to it. I’m happy that just recently there has been some YAs that have addressed this and other mental health issues. I thought I’d share some of my favorites. I believe these books NEED to be out there and I’m a huge advocate for them.
(Please visit our previous TLT post 13 Reasons Why I Love Thirteen Reasons Why)
Rinn’s haunting descent into madness is chilling. I love how it’s not over the top but rather subtle. You can’t tell if it’s the disorder talking or the ghost.
The ending is shocking and caught me off guard. Love that!
A must read for paranormal fans that shows bipolar disorder in a realistic
(TLT review of The Unquiet)
Inside Out by Terry Trueman (Schizophrenia)
What titles are on your list of good reads that depict teens dealing with mental health issues in some way? Please share with us in the comments.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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