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Top 5 Books featuring Mental Health


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme in Goodreads, where you list your top 5 for the week’s chosen topic. You can check the group here for more discussions and topics. Today’s topic was “Books featuring Mental Health in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month” 


5. Say What You Will

To be honest I forgot this book even existed. I gave Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern four stars back in 2015 and unfortunately I didn’t write any reviews back then. I think if I remembered anything about this book it would be higher in the list.

Amy was born with cerebral palsy. She can’t  walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Matthew has obsessive-compulsive disorder. He’s consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear.

4. Shatter Me

Juliette in Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi has depression and anxiety. No wonder since she grew up feeling unloved and abused. She has difficulty trusting others but when she makes friends, she’s totally loyal to them.

3. Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer

I’m in desperate need of re-reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I read the original trilogy back in 2015, so while I was exited about the spin off I just couldn’t finish The Becoming Of Noah Shaw. This book series lets you to see inside of Mara’s head. Doctors have diagnosed that she has PTSD.

2. Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell isn’t only a coming to age story, but it also has mental illness representation. The main character; Cath has anxiety struggles and his father is bipolar.

1. The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang features a main character with autism. Stella is good with numbers and socially awkward. She’s doesn’t really know how to act with people and she’s careful with her words with them. This is an excellent read if you’re in the mood of slow burn romance.

Do you have any recommendations for Books featuring Mental Health?

9 thoughts on “Top 5 Books featuring Mental Health

  1. I’m definitely intrigued by Say What You Will, I loved your picks but sad to say I haven’t read any of them yet. I do think this is one part of my tbr that needs some serious overhaul, more mental health representation, and your list is a great jumping off point!


    1. I haven’t read many mental books either, so sad to say that this list was hard one to write. But I’m glad if there were some books that peaked your interest (:

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  2. I have read Kiss Quotient and Fangirl of your list. And I liked them as wel. But I have to check Say What You Will out and add it to my TBR!


  3. I think technically cerebral palsy and autism aren’t mental health conditions (CP is physical and autism is developmental, from what I understand), though I totally agree that these two books – and the others on your list, I really enjoyed them all except Shatter Me which I haven’t read yet – have pretty good rep and are great reads overall.

    I’ve heard really good things about The Weight of Our Sky & Eliza and Her Monsters; and I’ve also read and enjoyed Finding Audrey, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, and Pretty Girl-13.


    1. I think my list is more like a list of mental illnesses (I think) than mental health but it’s very difficult list to make when you lean more into fantasy and paranormal! 😀


      1. oh that’s what I meant, CP and autism aren’t mental illnesses / disorders by definition, though they do arguably pose comparable difficulties in life and are certainly important rep to have in books. I can definitely sympathize with the difficulty of compiling a list outside of your preferred reading genres though!


  4. The depression and anxiety rep in Shatter Me is honestly amazing, I found myself really relating to Juliette in that regard and it made her trust issues a lot more justified to me than in some other YA I’ve read. Great list!


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