T5W Sep. 16th – Books With Mental Health or Illness

Another Wednesday, another Top 5 favorites! There’s just something about this meme that makes me feel like coming home. Definitely one of my favorite things to do.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is top 5 favorite books with Mental Health/Illness and I am so excited to get to this topic. I think this is a sub genre that needs to be talked about more and even I could delve into it a little more. I can’t wait to see what everyone is choosing for this week because I know I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my tbr shelf.

SO let’s get started!

 #5: Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why Cover

I’m sure most of you have heard of this book, but if you haven’t, it’s about a girl who commits suicide and she leaves some tapes behind for those who she felt were responsible would know that. It’s a very intense read, I spent the whole time crying while reading, it left me feeling very raw and vulnerable. I don’t know if it was because of how I was feeling at the time I read it, but either way, it’s a very powerful read.

#4: Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything Cover

This is a new release and I don’t really want to give too much a way but there is a character here who has post traumatic stress disorder, I would say. It’s a very interesting case and really affects the plot of the story. I was very shocked with the mention of this mention illness because it’s not advertised in the book right away.

#3: Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen Cover

Again the mental illness portrayed in this book isn’t part of the main plot line. The main character’s sister is dealing with an eating disorder, more specifically anorexia. Although, it is only an addition to the plot, it affects the main character’s action and personality as well as the family dynamic. It was definitely something important that was going on and it afforded a lot of depth to the story.

#2: Shatter Me
by Tahereh  Mafi

Shatter Me Cover 1

In the beginning of this series, Juliette can honestly be diagnosed with quite a few mental illnesses: depression, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, etc. Really the writing style really delivers this sort of mentality and although it’s not really addressed in this book or later books in the series, there is a definite change in her mental state as her world grows.

#1: Falling Into Place
by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place Cover

This book is about a girl who tries to commit suicide by crashing her car into a tree (not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis). I feel like she suffers from depression but is the kind of person who is supposed to be perfect, popular, put together. The strongest part of this book is how it portrays this accident. We get quite a few perspectives about it from a lot of people and how it affected them.

So that’s all for my choices this week! I kind of feel like my explanations are a little weird, let me know if they made sense at all. Thanks for reading! See you on my next post.




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