Recommended Reads | Mental Health.

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Today I’m here to recommended some of my favourite books that deal with Mental Illness. I feel that all these books deal with Mental Health in a good way (because lets face it, some books portray Mental Health in a terrible way!) Please bear in mind that all of these books will most likely be triggering for those of you who suffer with Mental Illness.


The Outliers – Kimberly McCreight.


Genre – Young Adult Psychological Thriller.

This is a book I read recently and I loved it. The main character Wylie suffers from Anxiety and Agoraphobia and I  thought the author really did Anxiety very well. I felt like she showed that just because one day you might feel ok to do something out of your comfort zone, doesn’t mean that the next day it will feel ok. This is the 1st book in a trilogy and I’m so excited to read more of Wylie’s journey.

Eating Disorders.

Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson.


Genre – Young Adult contemporary.

This book is so good, I really enjoyed it and its one of my favourite books. Our main character Lia is trying to process her best friend Cassie’s death. It’s a really fantastic portrayal of Anorexia and the competition that can happen between sufferers.

Wasted – Marya Hornbacher.


Genre – Memoir/Biography.

I could say so many good things about this book. It deals with both Anorexia and Bulimia and its so fantastic. Marya Hornbacher’s writing style is beautiful and so lyrical. She also doesn’t hold back so you get to see the harsh reality of eating disorders.

Thin – Grace Bowman.


Genre – Memoir/biography.

This is also a very raw memoir of Anorexia. I love the way this book is set out and its a very good read for parents/friends/carers of someone who suffers with an eating disorder.

Bipolar Disorder.

Madness – Marya Hornbacher.


This is another one of Marya Hornbacher’s memoirs but this one deals with her Bipolar Disorder. Again, I was addicted to Marya’s writing style and her raw and honest account of her battle with Bipolar.

Borderline Personality Disorder.

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen.


Genre – Memoir/biography.

Most books that I have read that have featured BPD have used highly stigmatised descriptions of this poorly misunderstood illness. My best friend has BPD and this book helped me understand what she was going through a bit better. It also gives an insight of what its like to spend time in a psychiatric ward which I feel that some books make it seem like it’s a holiday camp.

Drug Addiction/Alcoholism.

Go Ask Alice- Beatrice Sparks (as Anonymous.)


Genre – Young Adult Fiction.

This book deals with a young girls descent into drug addiction. Its written in diary form and it shows the horror of addiction and its impact it has on the sufferer and their family.

A Million Little Pieces – James Frey.


Genre – Memoir/Biography.

I read this before the whole scandal but even after I found out about it, it didn’t change my opinion of the book. It’s incredibly moving and shows drug addiction and alcoholism in its raw form.


The Program – Suzanne Young.


Genre – Young Adult Dystopian.

This book presents a very interesting take on suicide. In this dystopian world, suicide is an epidemic and the only cure is to go into an institution known as the program. It was a really good, fast paced read and I really enjoyed it.

Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Today I’m Alice- Alice Jamieson.


Genre – Memoir/Biography.

This book deals with the very misunderstood Dissociative Identity Disorder (also known as Multiple Personality Disorder.) This book was fantastic and gives a real and honest battle with this condition.


On the Edge of Gone – Corinne Duyvis.


Genre – Young Adult Sci-fi.

This was fantastic. Our main character Denise is autistic and it follows her as the end of the world is upon her. It was really interesting to have an autistic main character in a YA sci-fi novel. It also features a transgender character so double marks for diversity!

What are some books that feature Mental Illness that you enjoyed? Are there any other recommended reads that you’d like me to post?

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7 thoughts on “Recommended Reads | Mental Health.

  1. Donna

    I love the sound of The Outliers. It is so difficult to write about anxiety in the right way, I often feel it is neglected and glossed over, when so many people suffer from it. I will definitely check this one out.

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  2. Summer @ Xingsings

    These are such fantastic recommendations, Charleigh! And I haven’t read many books that feature characters with mental illnesses, but I enjoyed Everything, Everything (then main protagonist has SCID) last year. It doesn’t focus on the mental illness element as much as I’d like but it’s still a good read nonetheless. One of my latest reads, Summer Days and Summer Nights, has several short stories with mentally ill characters as well. And, lastly, I’d highly, highly recommend A Little Life. There are several mentally ill characters but one in particular will pull at your heartstrings. Definitely a must read!



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