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Addiction

cover imageCrank
Ellen Hopkins / YA Hopki
Seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow is introduced to crank on a trip to visit her wayward father. Caught up in a fast-paced, frightening, and unfamiliar world, she morphs into “Bree” after she “shakes hands with the monster.” Her fearless, risk-taking alter ego grows stronger, “convincing me to be someone I never dreamed I’d want to be.” When Kristina goes home, things don’t return to normal. Although she tries to reconnect with her mother and her former life as a good student, her drug use soon takes over, leaving her “starving for speed” and for boys who will soon leave her scarred and pregnant.

Anxiety Disorders

cover imageThe boyfriend list : (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs, and me, Ruby Oliver)
E. Lockhart / YA Lockh
A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father, and more.

 

cover imageCracked Up to Be
Courtney Summers / YA Summe
Parker has quit the cheerleading squad, broken up with her boyfriend, and is in danger of not graduating, but she refuses to tell anyone what has precipitated this sudden change in her attitude and behavior.
cover imageFreaking out : real-life stories about anxiety
Polly Wells / 155.51246 Fre / J 616.852200835 Fre
A collection of true stories told by teens with anxiety issues.

 

Findincover imageg Audrey
Sophie Kinsella / YA Kinse
Audrey has developed an anxiety disorder but she sees a therapist and is making slow but steady progress. She meets Linus, her brother’s teammate and finds she can talk through her fears with him in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before
Bipolar Disorders

cover imageAll the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven / YA Niven
“Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another”
cover imageBleeding Violet
Dia Reeves / YA Reeve
A mentally-ill teen reunites with her estranged mother in a town haunted with doors to dimensions of the dead and protected by demon hunters.

 

cover imageImpulse
Ellen Hopkins / YA Hopki
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada’s Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.
cover imageEvery You, Every Me
David Levithan / YA Levit
Evan is haunted by the loss of his best friend, but when mysterious photographs start appearing, he begins to fall apart as he starts to wonder if she has returned, seeking vengeance.

 

Eating Disorders

 cover imageA Trick of the Light
Lois Metzger / YA Metzg
Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he’s a mess. Then there’s a voice in his head. A friend, who’s trying to help him get control again. More than that-the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that’s holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.

cover imageWintergirls
Laurie Halse Anderson / YA Anders
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

 

cover imagePurge
Sarah Littman / YA Littm
When her parents check sixteen-year-old Janie into Golden Slopes to help her recover from her bulimia, she discovers that she must talk about things she has admitted to no one–not even herself.


Mood Disorders

cover imageIt’s kind of a funny story
Ned Vizzini / YA Vizzi
A humorous account of a New York City teenager’s battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

 
cover imageCrazy
Amy Reed / YA Reed
Connor and Izzy share a series of emails in which they confide in one another, eventally causing Connor to become worried when he realizes that Izzy’s emotional highs and lows are too extreme.

 

cover imageHold Still
Nina LaCour / YA LaCou
Three months after her best friend’s suicide, Caitlin finds that, in place of a note, she left instead a journal hidden under Caitlin’s bed.

 
cover imageWill Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green and David Levithan / YA Green
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

 

cover imageDr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets
Evan Roskos / YA Rosko
A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

cover imageOCDaniel
Wesley King / J FIC King
A thirteen-year-old boy’s life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything.

 

cover image OCD Love Story
Corey Ann Haydu / YA Haydu
In an instant, Bea felt almost normal and as if she could fall in love again, but things change when the psychotherapist who has been helping her deal with past romantic relationships puts her in a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

 

cover imageUnlikely Hero of Room 13B
Teresa Toten / YA Toten
When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her–to play Batman to her Robyn–whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love.

cover image Every Last Word
Tamara Ireland Stone / YA Stone
Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club”–Provided by publisher.

 

cover imagePerfect Escape
Jennifer Brown
Seventeen-year-old Kendra, living in the shadow of her brother’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes a life-changing road trip with him.

 
Psychotic disorders / schizophrenia

 cover imageFreaks Like Us
Susan Vaught
A mentally ill teenager who rides the “short bus” to school investigates the sudden disappearance of his best friend.

cover imageChallenger Deep

Neal Shusterman / YA Shuster
Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

cover imageCalvin
Martine Leavitt
In the town of Leamington, Ontario, a seventeen-year-old boy is suddenly stricken by a schizophrenic episode and wakes up in hospital. The boy’s name is Calvin, and he is plagued by hallucinations. As the hallucinations persist, Calvin comes to believe that the answer lies in performing one grand and incredible gesture. And so he decides to walk across Lake Erie.

cover imageSchizo
Nic Sheff
A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing.

 

cover image17 and Gone
Nova Ren Suma
Seventeen-year-old Lauren has visions of girls her own age who are gone without a trace, but while she tries to understand why they are speaking to her and whether she is next, Lauren has a brush with death and a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
PTSD

cover imageSomething Like Normal
Trish Doller / YA Dolle
When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and car, and he has nightmares of his best friend getting killed but when he runs into Harper, a girl who has despised him since middle school, life actually starts looking up.

 

The Impossible Knife of Memory
Laurie Halse Anderson / YA Ander
Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.
 

cover imageThings a Brother Knows
Dana Reinhardt / ebook
Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

 

cover imageThe unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Michelle Hodkin / YA Hodki
Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.

 

Self-Harm and Cutting

cover imageCut
Patricia McCormick / YA McCorm
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.
cover image Scars
C.A. Rainfield / YA Rainf
Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser’s identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself.

 

cover imageBreak
Hannah Moskowitz
To relieve the pressures of caring for a brother with life-threatening food allergies, another who is a fussy baby, and parents who are at odds with one other, seventeen-year-old Jonah sets out to break every bone in his body in hopes of becoming stronger.

Suicide

cover image13 Reasons Why
Jay Asher / YA Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

cover image Hold Still
Nina LaCour / YA LaCou
Three months after her best friend’s suicide, Caitlin finds that, in place of a note, she left instead a journal hidden under Caitlin’s bed.

 
cover imageFalling into Place
Amy Zhang / YA Zhang
One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life.

 

cover imageMy Heart and Other Black Holes
Jasmine Warga / YA Warga
Sixteen-year-old Aysel’s obsession–planning her own death–takes a new path when she meets a boy with a similar plan of his own.

 
cover imageWaiting
Carol Lynch Williams / YA Willi
As the tragic death of her older brother devastates the family, teenaged London struggles to find redemption and finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and a handsome new boy in town.


Teens With Parents Dealing with Mental Health Issues

cover imageMaking Pretty
Corey Ann Haydu / YA Haydu
A girl puts her heart, reputation, and friendships on the line when she spills her deepest secrets to a website that may not be as innocent–or as anonymous–as it seems.
This is how I find her
Sara Polsky / ebook
High school junior Sophie has always had the burden of taking care of her mother, who has bipolar disorder, but after her mother’s hospitalization she must learn to cope with estranged family and figure out her own life.
cover image The Impossible Knife of Memory
Laurie Halse Anderson / YA Ander
Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

cover imageThe First Time She Drowned

Kerry Kletter
Committed to a mental hospital against her will for something she claims she did not do, Cassie O’Malley signs herself out against medical advice when she turns eighteen and tries to start over at college, until her estranged mother appears, throwing everything Cassie believes about herself into question.