Deep in Plot: Books about Mental Health

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” – John Green


  1. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
  2. Love, Life and the List by Kasie West
  3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  4. This Is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio
  5. Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
  6. [Agoraphobia] Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  7. [Agoraphobia] Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  8. [Panic Attacks] Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  9. [Selective Mutism] A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  10. [Social Anxiety] Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  11. [Social Anxiety] Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


  1. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  2. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  4. Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker
  5. Some Other Now by Sarah Everett
  6. No Place Like Here by Christina June
  7. [Bipolar] The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
  8. [Bipolar] When We Collided by Emery Lord
  9. [Bipolar] All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  10. [Suicide] It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  11. [Suicide] The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
  12. [Suicide] My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  13. [Suicide] When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow

Eating Disorder

  1. Paperweight by Meg Haston
  2. Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
  3. Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn
  4. [Anorexia] Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. [Body Dysmorphia] The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves
  6. [Body Dysmorphia] Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo
  7. [OCD] The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  8. [PTSD] Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Depression. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 10 May 2022.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  2. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  3. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  4. [Eating Disorder] The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  1. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. A Heart in a Body in a World by Deb Caletti
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  4. Wait for You by J. Lynn
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  6. [Eating Disorder] Just Listen by Sarah Dessen


  1. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  2. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  3. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
  4. A World Without You by Beth Revis

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