Recommendations: Mental Health 2.0

Friday 13 April 2018

Paperweight by Meg Haston
If you're looking for a take on eating disorders that isn't all romanticised beauty and light, this is the book for you. Paperweight is dark, gritty, and raw. The main character, Stevie, deals with the trauma, grief, and guilt following the death of her brother, as well as her personal demons. A must read for fans of dark and angry YA.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
If sweeter stories are more your cup of tea, A Quiet Kind of Thunder is the one for you. Featuring representation for anxiety, selective mutism, and Deafness, this book tackles some serious issues whilst still retaining quite a light-hearted tone. There are still moments of teenage angst, but overall this book is as sweet as pie.

Thin by Grace Bowman
Or perhaps memoirs are more your idea of fun. Part fictionalisation, part true story, Thin follows Grace's journey battling herself and her weight. It tackles the myths surrounding anorexia and looks at both the descent into the depths of the illness and the beginnings of recovery. Not for the easily triggered, but a very informative read.


  1. Thanks for the recommendations, Charlotte! A Quiet Kind of Thunder sounds really good, you don’t get to read many lighter books dealing with mental health!

    1. No worries, Em! I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a sweet YA romance but also want a heavier topic in the story :)

  2. Hallelujah! I'm always looking for good mental health representations in YA books. One of my favorites is Girl Against the Universe. <3 Thank you for the recommendations!

    anna | annaish


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