Mental Health Awareness Month: A Review Roundup

Source: Mental Health America

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’ve reviewed a number of titles over the years that we thought were exceptional portrayals of the experience of mental illness and related difficulties. As we all know, reading a good book can make us feel less alone–and, honestly, sometimes that’s the one thing you need in order not to go over the edge. So here, in no particular order, is a by no means exhaustive list of recommended reads for Mental Health Month:

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini


Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen


Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley


Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn


Define “Normal” by Julie Anne Peters


First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn


These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar

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