Depression & Mental Illness Fiction eBooks for Teens and Young Adults
There are many great titles in this genre, and we've picked our favorites for you! We've selected No Place Like Here by Christina June, How It Feels to Float by Biz Kirkus, and memoirs by Stephen Chbosky and Shaun David Hutchinson. Check out these books and more from the SCF Library today! And don't forget to share them with your friends and family!
No Place Like Here by Christina June
No Place Like Here by Christina June is a YA contemporary novel with tough themes of parental mental illness and incarceration. The book features strong female friendships and a great summer read. For readers who enjoy camp stories and tough family dynamics, No Place Like Here will be an ideal summer read. This ebook also includes an in-depth discussion of the stigma of mental illness and the role of family and friends in a child's life.
"No Place Like Here" is a contemporary take on the Hansel and Gretel story. The protagonist, Ashlyn, is a high school student who has never worked a job. She has gotten straight A's her entire life, winning awards and competitions. However, Ash makes poor romantic choices, and her boyfriend ends up getting her BFF arrested and sent to boarding school. Meanwhile, her mother is in rehab.
How It Feels to Float by Biz Kirkus
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox is a beautifully written debut novel. Ten years after Elizabeth's father died, Biz still sees him in his ghostly form. Biz finds comfort in his stories of their youth and the love she had for her mother. Biz also finds comfort in her friends, the "Posse," as she calls them, and her best friend, Grace.
As the narrator, Fox depicts her character's family and the people she loves, including her mom and twins. Even the secondary characters love Biz, including her doomed dad and Jasper's photographer grandmother. The ambiguity of the story is a wonderful touch. For those who love a character's story, How It Feels to Float is a must-read.
The story is complex and difficult to talk about, but how could you possibly describe a novel that revolves around the character's mental health? For the majority of the novel, the focus is on Biz's mental state. She's often confused as to who she is and why she's so vulnerable. At times, she even thinks she's a cloud, a flower, or something else entirely. In these dark moments, the author evokes the feeling of a person wishing for a true escape.
The story is a powerful exploration of mental illness and grief. Biz is coming to terms with who she is and how to deal with her loss, and her struggles with her mental health. This novel is very sensitive to this subject, but it does lack clarity. Lack of clarity on her diagnosis contributes to the fogginess and tone of the story. The author uses a variety of literary techniques, such as writing in the third person, to convey the complexity of Biz's mental state.
Shaun David Hutchinson's memoir
In this memoir for teens and young adults, Hutchinson shares his personal journey of coming out as gay and being accepted. As a young man, he was deeply confused about his sexuality, and his culture didn't give him any examples of what it meant to be gay. His lack of positive role models in his life also limited his view of life, and he was convinced that he would never be able to find happiness. But his coping mechanism helped him overcome his depression, and he is now proud to be a queer gay man.
The author's personal story is so compelling and evocative that many people may feel inspired to read it. The author, Michael Hutchinson, has a brutally honest approach to sharing his life. He pulls no punches in his account of his struggles. Depression, self-esteem, and homosexuality are topics that are discussed throughout this memoir for teens and young adults. Hutchinson's journey to self-acceptance is inspiring and makes the reader feel like they are not alone in their struggles.
The author of award-winning YA novels, Brave Face and We Are the Ants, tackles nonfiction with his latest memoir Brave Face. In this memoir, Hutchinson recounts his tumultuous teenage years when he struggled to understand his sexuality, faced depression and attempted suicide. He also explores issues of political polarization in The State of Us, a memoir about the sons of opposing presidential candidates.
This memoir is not an easy read for many. Hutchinson goes into depths of self-hatred, and he describes his experiences with depression and coming out in the 1990s. Throughout the book, Hutchinson shows that it does get better, and even though things aren't always easy, he manages to overcome his depression and find happiness. He has a message for young readers about hope and acceptance.
Stephen Chbosky's memoir
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky's memoir for teenagers and young adults, is an excellent choice for any young adult looking for an entertaining book. Set in the late 1980s, this novel chronicles the life of observant "wallflower" Charlie, who struggles through high school and the challenges that lie ahead. Throughout the book, Charlie grapples with his own unorthodox thinking and explores some very poignant questions.
This powerful memoir for teens and young adults tackles topics such as race, community, and sexuality, while also addressing the challenges of being a teenager. The book's impact is so great that it has inspired a Netflix Original Series. Warning: The memoir contains graphic descriptions of the experiences of teenage protagonists, which may be upsetting for some readers. Teen readers should be aware of this before diving into the story.
The Giver is a YA novel that has won numerous awards. It was named one of the 100 Best Books of the Millennium by The New York Times and was translated into a number of other languages. Chbosky's memoir for teens and young adults is a powerful and honest look at growing up in a society that has become increasingly homophobic. Despite its sensitive nature, it is a great read for teens and young adults.
The book also follows the life of an activist, Jazz Jennings, who is transgender. The book inspired an actual TLC show, and opened up the topic of gender identity. Chbosky also includes the story of non-binary boy, Ben. Ben has a tough time dealing with his anxiety disorder, but the friendship and understanding he builds with his friend will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a touching novel about the struggles of a fifteen-year-old boy named Charlie. While Charlie is enduring the loss of his friend, the book also explores his feelings for an older woman, Erin. Erin is a female counselor at the camp, and the two soon fall in love. But there's one more twist in store: Erin is a creepy witch who turns Charlie into an old woman and makes him a witch.