Mental Health Awareness Month : 10 YA Books with mental health representation

Hi friends! I hope you are doing okay πŸ’›

May has started a couple days ago and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In case you’re new here, or not aware because I rarely talk about it, mental health is a topic that is very close and dear to my heart and reading books with main characters handling their own mental health on top of their other issues really matters to me and make me feel seen.

Today, I thought I would share a list of my own to celebrate this Mental Health month! I’m going to share 5 YA books with mental health representation that I’ve read and enjoyed and that are, if you ask me, a little bit underrated. Then, I’m going to underline 5 other books I can’t wait to read!

So here goes: some old, new, known and less known books to, hopefully, add to your TBRs!

πŸ“š YA books with Mental Health Representation: Books I’ve read and recommend πŸ’›

Darius The Great Is Not Okay, Adib Khorram

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I feel like everyone needs to read this book because it is JUST THAT GREAT. Darius is such an incredible main character, he’s meeting his family in Iran for the first time, he’s dealing day to day with depression and it’s such a wholesome, incredible read overall.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

How To Disappear, Sharon Huss Roat

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž How To Disappear is, if you ask me, a very underrated read with great social anxiety representation. Vicky invents this perfect life for herself on social media, living the life she dreams of living offline, online. I adored this book, the friendships and the main character very very much.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

Final Draft, Riley Redgate

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I feel like EVERYONE should read Riley Redgate’s books. Final Draft was AMAZING, it’s about this writer main character, letting her anxiety and fear and perfectionism spiral and transforming this hobby of hers into a stressful activity. I loved it and this was very relatable and fantastic okay and it has the softest f/f romance.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

You Asked For Perfect, Laura Silverman

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž My favorite. I’m going to scream about Laura Silverman’s books until the END OF TIME OKAY. You Asked For Perfect gave me anxiety, the anxiety rep was just so relatable, where Ariel, the main character, drives himself to burn out because he wants. to. do. the. perfect. thing. I’m just, I adore this book okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

Under Rose-Tainted Skies, Louise Gornall

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This book is a very, very underrated book that deserves much, much love. The main character in the story has agoraphobia, anxiety and OCD, it sugarcoats NOTHING and honestly, some parts of this book gave me chills it was so intense and relatable. I promise it’s also soft and kind at times and deserves a read for sure.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

πŸ“š YA books with Mental Health Representation: Books I want to read πŸ’›

One Way or Another, Kara McDowell

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž In case you missed it, I was a HUGE fan of Just for Clicks, the author’s debut and am SO looking forward to One Way or Another. I mean: Paige is terrified of making decisions and has crippling anxiety and is there anything more relatable than that? Also this sounds absolutely adorable and I’m already soft for it all okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Wicker King, K. Ancrum

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Everyone is screaming at me to read this book, that’s why it’s here. Okay, more seriously though: I’ve heard this book was complex and messy and compelling and wonderful and it has mental health rep that isn’t quite defined just from reading the synopsis, and I’m just so scared and excited to read this?

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

What I Like About You, Marisa Kanter

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž One of my most anticipated contemporary reads of this year! It released this April and I am so looking forward to getting a copy and reading about this YA BOOK BLOGGER with anxiety (is that me???), baking cupcakes (wish it were me) and handling complicated online…. and offline relationships.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

When We Collided, Emery Lord

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž This book has been on my TBR since… well, 2016, actually. It sounds like such a compelling read and I’ve been meaning to read some of Emery Lord’s books for forever. When We Collided has a main character dealing with bipolar disorder, apparently it has great characters and food and big families and NOT a story about love curing mental illnesses, so I’m here for it;

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Nice Try, Jane Sinner, Lianne Oelke

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Jane Sinner sounds like such an incredible book, really. The main character is dealing with depression and I’ve heard she has quite a unique, snarky, incredible voice through the story, it’s written in a journal sort of way and it’s about Jane (big surprise, aerm), signing up for a Big Brother-student version of a TV show and I don’t know why but I’m so here for it!

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

β˜‚οΈ You might also be interested in:Β 10 YA books dealing with anxiety

Do you want to read any of these books? Did you read them already?

What are some books (already released or upcoming) dealing with mental health that you’ve loved and would recommend? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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90 thoughts on “Mental Health Awareness Month : 10 YA Books with mental health representation

  1. The Wicker King is one of my absolute life favourites πŸ˜­πŸ’›πŸ’› I hope you like it!! And I kind of forgot May was mental health month, so I need to read something specific for it!!! I also loved Darius the Great, cannot wait for the sequel!

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    1. You’re the reason this book is here, actually, ahah πŸ˜€ and yeees, I am so so excited about Darius’ sequel ahhhh!
      thank you so, so much ❀

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  2. Ooh these all sound great – and somehow I have read none of them?!

    I would recommend Normal People by Sally Rooney. One of the characters goes through a depressive episode after having not been depressed for most of his life so far and the representation of the whole thing just felt so authentic to me.

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  3. I love this list, Marie! I’m always looking for more mental health representation. πŸ’• I really need to read The Wicker King! I think I’ve been meaning to read it for about a year now! πŸ˜… One Way or Another and When We Collided also sound so good, hopefully I can pick those up soon.

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  4. What a fantastic post, Marie! πŸ₯° I’m hoping to read Darius the Great Is Not Okay and How to Disappear this month and I’m so happy to hear that you recommend both of them 😊 I liked What I Like About You when I read it recently and the blogging element was my favorite – I think you could really like it πŸ’›

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  5. yes to this entire post!!! i’ve rarely ever seen other bloggers talk about How To Disappear, but it is a BEAUTIFUL read and i’m so glad you included it. 😊 the rest of these also sound lovely… i’ve been dying to read What I Like About You as well. You Asked For Perfect and Final Draft have also been on my tbr for a while, i really should get around to reading them soon haha. amazing post, Marie! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  6. I loved Darius The Great, and I especially adored the complex relationship between Darius and his father, and how that tied into the mental health representation. On a side note, I love the Gravity Falls gif. I adore Under Rose-Tainted Skies, and I really wish it was more hyped, because it’s genuinely one of the best contemporaries I’ve ever read. I also want to read The Wicker King, but I’m also a bit scared of it, it sounds like something I’ll either adore, or dislike a lot. πŸ˜… Wonderful list!

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    1. Ah yes, i so agree with you on that. Darius was precious, it’s a book I’ll cherish forever ❀
      I'm so nervous about the wicker king, too! I heard it's a bit of a strange reading experience, so I'm both excited and nervous not to get into it ahah. Hopefully we both will love it πŸ™‚
      Thank you! ❀

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  7. I read 7 of these. How to Disappear, You Asked for Perfect, Rose Tainted Skies, When We Collided, and Jane Sinner were standouts for me. I really want to read the new McDowell book. I feel like I read more and more books with characters, who suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder.

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    1. AH YES! I’m so happy you liked When we Collided and Jane Sinner. I know we tend to love the same books, so I’m even more excited to get to them πŸ™‚
      and yes! I’m so happy to get more anxiety rep ❀

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  8. I absolutely ADORED Under tainted skies & When we collided!!
    Ithink the last one i’ve read has been words on bathroom walls? Which deals with schizophrenia, and I actually quite liked it.

    I’ve added One way or another to my virtual tbr! What I like about you and Nice try Jane Sinner was already on there πŸ™‚

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  9. Under Rose Tainted Skies is gorgeous, and I want to read it!
    I 100% recommend When We Collided, it is one of my favourite YA contemporary novels of ALL TIME, particularly because of the mental health representation! I hope to discuss it more with you when you’ve read it!! ❀

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  10. I’ve had The Wicker King and Darius the Great is Not Okay on my TBRs for forever. Ugh, I need to get on reading these books asap!!

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  11. I love this list! ❀ Many books are on my TBR and I'm really excited to read them. I agree that books with mental health make me feel seen. I also think, especially nowadays, that it's a part of life and authors that can write about it in a good way are amazing!
    I hope there will be many more books to fill lists like these! πŸ™‚

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  12. it makes me so happy to see people posting for mental health awareness month ❀ "how to disappear" is one of my FAVORITES, it was so heart-wrenching and impossibly real. i've heard amazing things about all the others too and i really must check them out, especially "you asked for perfect" because we can never get enough rep about characters with anxiety. "under rose-tainted skies" is a must too, intense books are a trip to read but they're sooo impactful. your description somehow reminded me of "the ocean at the end of the lane"!

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    1. AH I’m so happy you read how to disappear, I feel like it’s so underrated! It is such a great read πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll love you asked for perfect, it is one of my favorite reads ever ❀ ❀

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  13. Marie, I love this post so much! You already know how I feel about mental health books and how important they are… and you’re also the reason I picked up Final Draft and You Asked for Perfect, and I loved them both so much! They have a special place on my all-time favorites section of my bookshelf, and it’s because of your high praise that I picked them up! It makes me so happy to see you promoting mental health books, and I love that there are more books with these tough topics being released of late. Thank you for sharing! And I’m sorry I’ve been the worst about reading blogs for the last year or so, but I’m going to make a point of keeping up with yours going forward because I’ve missed you so much πŸ’•

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    1. Ahh this makes me so, so, SO happy to hear, I’m so glad I could recommend you books you ended up loving ❀ ❀
      And please don't apologize for not keeping up! We all get busy and I'm just really happy to see you here now and to be able to chat with you a bit again ❀ I hope you've been okay, take care of yourself! ❀

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  14. Okay so I basically need to read all these books (but I have read Darius and loved it so much. I know I have said this multiple times but I need to say it every time πŸ˜‚). Final Draft sounds like a book I will enjoy and I’m definitely interested in experiencing the representation !!
    Also You Asked For Perfect, Under Rose Tainted Skies and The Wicker King are on my list !!
    I hadn’t heard of Nice Try Jane Sinner but it definitely sounds like a book I will enjoy so I’m excited !! 😊
    Great post, thank you for sharing !! πŸ’›

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    1. AHH YES! I’m so, so happy so many of these books are on your list, Sophie and I cant’ WAIT to hear what you think of them, I think you could really love them, especially you asked for perfect ❀
      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  15. Marie I love it when you do lists like this! I went to add everything and it was all already on my TBR so I think we’ve been here before. Also I thinking we’ve talked about Jane Sinner before and I dearly hope you love it because I love Jane. ❀

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  16. Ooh I love this list! I know I can always trust you for great mental health book recommendations, and seeing some underrated ones is wonderful. Darius the Great and Final Draft are both on my TBR and I’m so excited to read them πŸ˜„ And I read another book from K. Ancrum, The Weight of the Stars, which I loved, so I think I need to read The Wicker King too!

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  17. i love darius the great so much too!! i love that it showed how having a mental illness intersects with being part of a culture that isn’t very aware of mental health issues. πŸ₯Ί and i agree that Under Rose-Painted Skies is such an underrated book! Its portrayal of OCD, anxiety, and depression (I think that’s what Nora struggles with—it’s been a while since I read it) was so raw, and you could just tell that the author had personal experience with the things they were writing about!

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    1. I so agree with you and Darius has all of my heart ahh I love him so very much ❀
      Right? I also found Under Rose Tainted Skies paticularily moving and stunning, really. It was intense, at times, but so, so good!
      Thank you, Caitlin ❀

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  18. Wonderful post, Marie!! I’m adding some of those to my TBR!! My favourite book dealing with mental health is The Art Of Escaping by Erin Callahan! The MC is dealing with social anxiety (same!!) but there are also side characters with depression and agoraphobia! It’s a beautiful journey of facing your fears and owning them. And the prospect of nearly dying being shown as less stressful than talking about your weird hobby to your fellow high-schoolers? The most relatable thing EVER!

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