Book Recommendations // Mental Illness Awareness Week {Part Two}.

Time for part two of my mental health book recommendations in celebrations of Mental Illness Awareness Week {MIAW}. Once again some of these books I’ve read myself and others have been recommended by the bookish community. I hope you find some great new reads to add to your TBR 

 Books marked with an * are books I have yet to read.

MIAW Part 2

♡ The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten {OCD} — This was the first book I read that talked about OCD and explained it in an easy to understand manner. I also loved the fact that Adam attended a support group for kids dealing with OCD; it was interesting to see how the different characters in the group experienced and dealt with their OCD. A great book to read if you are just delving into mental illness books.

♡ It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini {Depression and Anxiety}* — This book comes highly recommended by loads of bloggers. It follows the story of Craig as he ends up in a psychiatric hospital for evaluation after he tried to end his own life. Here he comes face to face with his demons and potentially finds the road to recovery and happiness. I really want to read this someday when I’m in a better head space myself, but it sounds really remarkable.

♡ The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky {PTSD, Anxiety and Depression} — I don’t think a lot of people are actually aware that this book has great mental illness representation, I think we all found Charlie to be a bit of an odd character, but he actually suffers from PTSD from being molested as a child and shows some signs of depression which is perfectly understandable after losing his friend to suicide. Overall this really is a fantastic book that is misunderstood by a lot of readers.

♡ Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley {Agoraphobia}* — This book deals with agoraphobia; a mental illness which I’m excited to read about. Solomon hasn’t left his house in three years but he’s perfectly fine with that but then Lisa enters his world and things start to change. This book comes highly recommend by loads of readers in the blogging community and I’ve only read rave reviews.

♡ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson {Eating Disorder}* — Another book that comes highly recommended by Emma Books on Youtube, it follows the story of Lia on her spiral into anorexia and her painful journey to recovery. The representation is said to be really authentic and the story very raw and realistic. I’m excited to read a book with accurate portrayal of what it’s like to live with and recover from an eating disorder.

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♡ History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera {OCD and Depression}* — Silvera writes from a personal place when it comes to OCD and depression, which is why so many people praise the representation in this book. It is a sad story about grief, mental illness and refusing to let go of the past. This book is really high on my TBR and I’m really hoping to read it soon!’

♡ Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor {Depression}* — Reggie deals with depression and she’s familiar with the three stages of depression and she knows everything will be fine as long as she doesn’t let anyone in, but then she meets Snake and everything changes. I’m solely interested in this book because of the depression representation which is said to be really real and realistic.

♡ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli {Anxiety} — Albertalli does a great job with the anxiety representation in this book, it felt authentic and I related to it on a personal level. I also loved the fact that Molly took medication for her anxiety and that it wasn’t a big deal; everyone just accepted her for who she was. This is such a great diverse read that fans of Fangirl will definitely enjoy!

♡ Made You Up by Francesca Zappia {Schizophrenia}* — This book deals with a mental illness I have not come across in YA fiction before: schizophrenia. Once again this book comes highly recommended by loads of readers in the book community and the representation of schizophrenia is also highly praised. Another book that is very high on my TBR.

♡ Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins {PTSD} — Katniss and Peeta actually experience PTSD throughout the entire series, but it becomes more prominent in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. They each suffer intense flashbacks and Peeta keeps on forgetting what is real and what isn’t. This series really has great PTSD representation that is often overlooked.

 Have you read any of these books and what did you think?

♡ Have you added any of these to your growing TBR?


 Other posts that I’ve done for MIAW {2017} — Under Rose-Tainted Skies {A Review} // Mental Illness Book Recommendations {Part One}.

 Please be cautious when you read any of these books, the content might be triggering to some readers.


15 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Mental Illness Awareness Week {Part Two}.

    1. So happy diverse books have grown so much in the bookish community 🌸
      So happy you enjoyed Highly Illogical Behaviour, it’s definitely very high on my TBR. I think I like The Unlikely Hero of 13B a lot because it was the first “real” book I read that talked openly about mental illness.

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  1. Great recommendations, Michelle! I can’t WAIT for you to read Highly Illogical Behavior, it was such a great book, I loved it so much and the rep was good – according to me, ahah. I really loved Perks as well, you’re right that it might be a bit misunderstood. It’s such a good book.
    I really want to read Made You Up and The Upside, both sound so good ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie 🌸
      I loved The Upside of Unrequited, Molly was really such an amazing character. And apparently a Simon character makes a cameo appearance! Highly Illogical Behaviour is definitely very high on my TBR.

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  2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story was wonderful. I found myself laughing and nodding my head, because it was so honest and I could relate to things he said which reminded me of my own in-patient stints. I cried at the end, because the book’s ending was so hopeful, and I read this right after Vizzini’s death. So, bittersweet. Loved Perks. Enjoyed Definitions of Indefinable Things. Really need to get to Made You Up. Great list

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  3. Amazing post! I’m so happy to see you sharing books which offer great representation. You are going to help so many people with this who want to find their own representation!
    I also love that you included The Hunger Games because I think that is very much looked over but it has such good representation of PTSD with the flashbacks and nightmares etc.

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    1. Thanks so much, Hannah 🌸 That is such a lovely compliment and I really hope people will find themselves represented in books! Yes, The Hunger Games really has amazing PTSD representation and it really is overlooked!

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  4. I’ve read Highly Illogical Behavior last summer and absolutely loved it! History is All You Left Me and The Upside of Unrequited have been on my TBR for a while but I’m hoping to get to them soon. I’m now hoping to get to It’s Kind of a Funny Story in the next couple of months! Great Post! 🙂

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