Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a topic that is so close to my heart! I’m so glad to see so many amazing books out in the YA world talking about mental health honestly and authentically. So many of these are books that I wish I’d been able to read earlier in my life. This list includes a mix of my favorites plus a few that are still on my TBR!
1. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro: This YA contemporary deals with a lot of important topics, including police brutality, anxiety, and panic attacks. It’s heartbreaking but so beautifully written!
2. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante: I love that this speculative YA novel touches on immigration, trauma, and PTSD. It’s a moving story that has some much-needed commentary on the emotional labor white folks put on people of color.
3. Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey: This YA contemporary is about a teen girl living with agoraphobia. I love Kerry’s books and she does such a great job of approaching this topic sensitively.
4. Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman: Akemi does an incredible job of discussing mental health authentically in all of her books! I love that Harley in the Sky touches on struggling with mental illnesses that don’t fit into boxes.
5. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen: This anthology on mental health has been on my TBR for so long! I’ve heard amazing things and it includes so many authors I love.
6. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: I know, I know, I talk about this book literally ALL THE TIME. But I just love it so much and the way Shaun writes about depression feels so real.
7. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan: Another one I’m constantly shouting about, this novel deals with the death of a parent by suicide. It’s such a heartbreaking book but one of the most honest portrayals of depression and mental health treatments that I’ve ever read.
8. Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger: This one’s on my TBR and I’ve heard such good things! It’s intersectionally diverse and has #OwnVoices OCD and GAD rep.
9. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos: A YA novel about a Latina girl struggling with mental illness–this is another one that’s been on my TBR for a while!
10. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: Okay, I did just feature this in a recent Top Ten Tuesday post, but I had to include it here! I just love that this YA novel puts mental illness (specifically OCD) in a historical context and has #OwnVoices Malaysian & Muslim rep.
What’s your favorite book that talks about mental health?