Four on a Theme: Teens and Mental Illness

icon-books From Seattle to Stockholm, these books explore the interactions between teens and mental illness.  Featuring books  about teens with  mental illness and teens with mentally ill family members, these books are fundamentally about how mental illness changes what it means to be a teenager.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Most teens haven’t spent time in a mental or psychiatric hospital, but many teens battle with depression.  This book shares the experience of a New York City teen’s stay in a mental hospital.



 Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls is the story of Lia, a teenager living in New England and battling an eating disorder in the wake of her best friend’s death.



Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen is considered a bad or misfortunate number by many people.  This is true for Clay Jenkins when he recives a box full of thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his recently deceased classmate Hannah that detail why she committed suicide.



Shift by Em Bailey


High school is often a time when we see diverse social dynamics.  Shift explores these relationships and examines how they’re made more difficult by mental illness and how sometimes, things are not always as they seem…

For these books and more, head over to the Seattle Public Library Biliocommons and check out the booklist!!

–Theresa, 16, Teen Center Adviser

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