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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Feature Characters with Mental Illnesses


Hello all and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! I’m sorry this is coming out on a Wednesday rather than a Tuesday. I have been so busy lately and finding time to blog is hard!

This week’s top ten topic is all about books that feature characters with mental illnesses. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So without further ado, here is this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, books that feature characters with mental illnesses.

1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

18460392.jpg“Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.”

This book deals with depression, bereavement and relationships. The way it deals with the topic of depression is wonderful. This book doesn’t sugarcoat depression and shows it how it really is. I was a big fan of this book and cried many times throughout.

2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

18692431“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

This book actually deals with psychical illness at first, but there are characters in this book with mental illnesses. These characters pull the story together. A daughter who has never left her house and her mother who feel completely alone. I read this book in one sitting.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

6“Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone.”

This books main character deals with anxiety. I was a big fan of this book because of how much a related to the main character Cath. She is shy, geeky and anxious but is still an amazing character. This book deals with anxiety in a wonderful way and I really want to read it again.

4. When We Collided by Emery Lord

1459855355-when-we-collided-book-coverWe are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.”

One of the main characters in this book deals with bipolar disorder. I had never read a book before in which a character was dealing with bipolar disorder. This book is a brilliant look into a a mental illnesses I didn’t know much about.

5. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

cover103887-medium“Sixteen-year-old Petula De Wilde is anything but wild. A family tragedy has made her shut herself off from the world. Once a crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula now sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef.

The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits, except that they all carry their own burden of guilt.”

Petula suffers with anxiety. This book is one that I feel is most true to the mental illness anxiety. Even with such a hard hitting topic I feel this book is a spectacular look into how people deal with anxiety.

6. Countless by Karen Gregory

cover106650-medium“When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …”

This book deals with a lot of mental illnesses. One is the eating disorder anorexia, another is depression. Hedda the main character of this book deals with both anorexia and depression. This book is spectacular and heart-breaking. This is a look into mental illness that I have never seen in a book before.

There you have it, this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, books that feature characters with mental illnesses! Sorry, there are only 6 books on this list. Please recommend me books in the comments that involve topics and characters with mental illnesses. Don’t forget to leave links to your Top 10 Tuesday below!

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