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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books with Mental Health/Illness

Top 5 Wednesday is set up by the lovely Lainey at GingerReadsLainey if you want to pop over and have a look at her channel. Let’s have a look at the topic for today!

Books with Mental Health/Illness

By the way, I am by no means an expert in this field, so anything I say is my own opinion but if I offend anyone, then by all means correct me and let me know I’ve upset you because honestly that’s not my aim here!

5) The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
I recently read this bad boy and couldn’t believe how good it was! It deals with a lot of mental illnesses within a family. First of we have the main character, Mikey who has a compulsive need to wash and rewash and count and recount things. He hates himself for the obsession and goes through mental strain because of his compulsion. Meanwhile his sister, Mel, is anorexic and although this is more physical than mental, there is definitely paranoia about food in her mind, which she still carries with her years after recovering. Then we have their Dad who is an alcoholic, which is an addiction but could be classed as a mental illness as he struggles with the family relationships etc…
This book would be closer to number one, however i’m not sure if I can class this as a book about mental health. There has been some debate as to whether the main character is autistic or not, which isn’t really in the lines of mental health. So that’s why this book is so low down on my list, but it is definitely worth reading.

3) Early One Morning – Virginia Baily
In this book, the main character Chiara Ravello, is the main carer for her sister Cecelia. Unfortunately Cecelia developed mental health problems when their parents died in a bombing and shut off from reality. So she acts like a child sometimes to kind of escape reality. It’s heart breaking to hear from Chiara’s point of view and how much she looks out for her sister.

I really enjoyed this read, it isn’t a very well known book but definitely one that reflects mental health. Basically teen suicide has become an epidemic and any teen showing signs of depression is put into The Program where they erase your memories and basically take the depression out of their lives. This book shows an insight into the spiral into mental illness.

I loved this book and found it fascinating. It gives a real insight into mental health and events in people’s lives that cause a mental illness. Also, it shows how anyone can develop mental illness, and there’s loads of content that anyone can relate to. A real all round book that just about anyone will love.

WOO! That was this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, stay tuned for next week’s!

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