Please welcome Louise Gornall! Her debut Young Adult book, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, is about a girl called Norah, who is suffering with agoraphobia, OCD and anxiety. She is sharing eight YA books with characters who suffer from mental illness. We are giving away a copy of her book as well! Please go to the bottom to enter!
The CBC has very kindly asked me to create a list for their Multicultural Children’s Book Day series. I’ve decided to focus my list on young adults who are suffering from mental illness. The characters in these books have two things in common. Firstly, they are all teenagers. Secondly, they all suffer with chronic illness, but their illnesses are what some might refer to as invisible. That is, they don’t bleed, or blister, or bruise. The source of their pain and torment is internal.
YA Suffering From Mental Illness Books
1. OCD Love story by Corey Ann Haydu
Here we have Bea, a girl who is suffering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), and her boyfriend, Beck, who also suffers from OCD, though both cases present very differently. This book is a raw, and often uncomfortable look, into a mind that blurs boundaries in order to placate mental illness. (ages 13+)