Teen Mental Health Books

Abuse/Assault (PTSD)

Reality Boy by A. S. King

Call Number: YA FIC KING,A

“An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell”– Provided by publisher.

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Call Number: YA FIC KUEHN,S

Jamie’s mother was murdered when he was six, about seven years later his sister Cate was incarcerated for burning down a neighbor’s barn, and now Jamie, fifteen, learns that Cate has been released and is coming back for him, blaming him for all the bad things that led to her arrest.

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Call Number: YA FIC KUEHN,S

A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.

Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Call Number: YA FIC MESROBIAN,

“Sex has always come without consequences for Evan. Until the night when all the consequences land at once, leaving him scarred inside and out”– Provided by publisher.

Stronger Than You Know by Jolene B. Perry

Call Number: YA FIC PERRY,J

After fifteen years of horrific abuse and neglect by her mother and her mother’s boyfriends, Joy struggles to understand and accept a normal life with relatives, at school, and with a boyfriend.

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Call Number: YA FIC RAINFIELD,C

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.

Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Call Number: YA FIC RAINFIELD,C

A teenaged girl bullied for her port-wine stain must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.

Addiction

Other Broken Things by C. Desir

Call Number: YA FIC DESIR,C

Forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, where she bonds with a much older man, seventeen-year-old Natalie, a recovering alcoholic, confronts issues in her family and life as she tries to turn her life around.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Call Number: YA FIC HOPKINS,E

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter, but she meets a boy who introduces her to drugs and becomes a very different person, struggling to control her life and her mind.

Anxiety Disorders

Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

Call Number: YA FIC AYARBE,H

Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie by Matt Blackstone

Call Number: YA FIC BLACKSTONE,M

Rene, a high school freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder, finds life to be like a scary movie, and even after he makes friends with the ultra-cool Giovanni he still feels responsible for saving his favorite teacher, dealing with his missing father, courting the beautiful Ariel, and trying to pretend to be normal for the school psychologist.

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

Call Number: YA FIC FEDERLE,T

Quinn Roberts’ only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was before the car accident that changed everything. Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out– at least from hibernation. Geoff drags Quinn to a party where he meets a guy– okay, a hot guy– and falls, hard. And Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending– if he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Call Number: YA FIC HAYDU,C

In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, 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 with Beck–a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Call Number: YA FIC KINSELLA,S

Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Call Number: YA FIC LOCKHART,E

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.

Virtuosity by Jessica Martínez

Call Number: YA FIC MARTINEZ,J

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Call Number: YA FIC MCGOVERN,C

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Call Number: YA FIC ROWELL,R

“Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan … But for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving”–Book jacket.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Call Number: YA FIC TOTEN,T

“Adam not only is trying to understand his OCD, while trying to balance his relationship with his divorced parents, but he’s also trying to navigate through the issues that teenagers normally face, namely the perils of young love”– NLC catalog.

Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Call Number: YA FIC WILSON,R

“16-year-old Caddie struggles with OCD, anxiety, and a powerful fear of touching another person’s skin, which threatens her dreams of being an actress–until the boy playing Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears”– Provided by publisher.

OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

Call Number: YA FIC VAUGHN,L

Danielle Levine stands out even at her alternative high school–in appearance and attitude–but when her scathing and sometimes raunchy English essays land her in a social skills class, she meets Daniel, another social misfit who may break her resolve to keep everyone at arm’s length.

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Call Number: YA FIC CALLETI,D

Seattle high school senior Jade’s life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Call Number: YA FIC WHALEY,J

Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that– and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.

Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)

Playing Tyler by T. L. Costa

Call Number: YA FIC COSTA,T

Tyler MacCandless is looking at a bleak future. With his father dead and his mother mentally checked out, Tyler is responsible for his older brother Brandon who’s in rehab for heroin abuse–again. With no skills to speak of outside of playing video games, a fast food future is all but a certainty. That is, until the day Tyler’s mentor Rick asks him to test a new video game. A good enough score can earn him a place in flight school. But then Brandon goes missing, and Tyler discovers the game is far more than it seems.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Call Number: YA FIC ROE, R

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives –

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Call Number: JRHI CHOLDENKO,G

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Call Number: JRHI ERSKINE,K

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Call Number: YA FIC HADDON,M

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

Call Number: YA FIC KELLY,T

When Drea and her mother move in with her grandmother in Bellingham, Washington, the sixteen-year-old finds that she can have real friends, in spite of her Asperger’s, and that even when you love someone it doesn’t make life perfect.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Call Number: YA FIC STORK,F

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Bipolar Disorder

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan; Jonathan Farmer (Photographer)

Call Number: YA FIC LEVITHAN,D

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.

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Call Number: YA FIC LORD,E

Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?

Chasing the Milky Way by Erin E. Moulton

Call Number: JRHI MOULTON,E

Lucy Peevey, twelve, and her best friend Cam are perfecting the robot that could win a competition, a scholarship, and a way out of Sunnyside Trailer Park when Lucy’s mother goes off her medication and her manic-depressive disorder goes out of control.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Call Number: YA FIC NIVEN,J

“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”– Provided by publisher.

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Call Number: YA FIC REEVES,D

A mentally ill sixteen-year-old girl reunites with her estranged mother in an East Texas town that is haunted with doors to dimensions of the dead and protected by demon hunters called Mortmaine.

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Call Number: YA FIC SMITH,H

“The discovery of a startling family secret leads seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd from a protected and naive life into a summer of mental illness, first love, and profound self-discovery”– Provided by publisher.

Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones

Call Number: YA FIC SONES,S

A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

Call Number: YA FIC WUNDER,W

Best friends Hannah and Zoe, seventeen, leave their down-and-out New Jersey town and drive west chasing storms, making new friends, and seeking the intangibles–audacity, insouciance, happiness–that their lives have lacked.

Depression and Suicide

Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

Call Number: JRHI JONES,T

After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has gotten the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Call Number: YA FIC LACOUR,N

As Caitlin struggles to cope with her best friend Ingrid’s suicide, she turns inward and quiet, but finding Ingrid’s hidden journal, a new classmate, and new projects help Caitlin find a way to reach out again.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Call Number: YA FIC ASHER,J

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.

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi

Call Number: YA FIC CARDI,A

High school student Alex Winchester struggles to hold her life together in the face of her mother’s threatening delusions about being Amelia Earhart.

I Swear by Lane Davis

Call Number: YA FIC DAVIS,L

“After Leslie Gatlin kills herself, her bullies reflect on how things got so far”– Provided by publisher.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Call Number: YA FIC DELLAIRE,A

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Call Number: YA FIC DONNELLY,J

An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy–Louis Charles, the lost king of France.

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

Call Number: YA FIC DRAPER,S

The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Call Number: YA FIC FALKOFF,M

After his best friend, Hayden, commits, suicide, fifteen-year-old Sam is determined to find out why–using the clues in the playlist Hayden left for him.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

Call Number: YA FIC FORD,M

Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green; David Levithan

Call Number: YA FIC GREEN,J

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.

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

Call Number: YA FIC HALPERN,J

When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenage girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Call Number: YA FIC HAND,C

After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Call Number: YA FIC HERBACH,G

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

Call Number: YA FIC JACOBUS,A

“A troubled American teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other–dark, dangerous, and attractive–urges her to embrace her fatal flaws”– Provided by publisher.

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Call Number: YA FIC KLETTER,K

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.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour; Mia Nolting (Illustrator)

Call Number: YA FIC LACOUR,N

Ingrid didn’t leave a note. Three months after her best friend’s suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin’s bed.

Not after Everything by Michelle Levy

Call Number: YA FIC LEVY,M

“After his mom kills herself, Tyler shuts out the world–until falling in love with Jordyn helps him find his way toward a hopeful future”– Provided by publisher.

Survive by Alex Morel

Call Number: YA FIC MOREL,A

A troubled girl is stranded in an arctic winter terrain after a plane crash and must fight for survival with the only other boy left alive.

By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Call Number: YA FIC PETERS,J

High school student Daelyn Rice, who’s been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Call Number: YA FIC QUICK,M

A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Call Number: YA FIC QUICK,M

Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

Call Number: YA FIC RODRIGUEZ,C

Elizabeth Davis and Emily Delgado seem to have little in common except Ms. Diaz’s English class and the solace they find in the words of Emily Dickinson, but both are struggling with to cope with monumental secrets and tumultuous emotions that will lead one to attempt suicide.

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

Call Number: YA FIC ROSKOS,E

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.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Call Number: YA FIC SALES,L

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

Black Box by Julie Schumacher

Call Number: YA FIC SCHUMACHER,J

When her sixteen-year-old sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, fourteen-year-old Elena tries to cope with her own anxiety and feelings of guilt that she is determined to conceal from outsiders.

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

Call Number: YA FIC STORK,F

When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Call Number: YA FIC SUMMERS,C

Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Call Number: YA FIC VIZZINI,N

A humorous account of a New York City teenager’s battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Call Number: YA FIC WARGA,J

“Seventeen-year-old Aysel’s hobby–planning her own death–take a new path when she meets a boy who has similar plan of his own”– Provided by publisher.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Call Number: YA FIC WOLITZER,M

Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

Call Number: YA FIC ZHANG,A

“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”– Provided by publisher.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Call Number: YA M FORMAN,G

In an attempt to understand why her best friend committed suicide, eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds retraces her dead friend’s footsteps and makes some startling discoveries.

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Call Number: YA M SUMMERS,C

As she searches for clues that would explain the suicide of her successful photographer father, Eddie Reeves meets the strangely compelling Culler Evans who seems to know a great deal about her father and could hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Call Number: YA SF HUTCHINSON,S

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: the world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isn’t sure he wants to. Life hasn’t been great for Henry: his mom is held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke; his brother is a jobless dropout. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry can choose to save the planet… or let it be destroyed.

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Call Number: YA FIC HOPKINS,E

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.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Call Number: YA FIC LEVITHAN,D

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today’s gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

Eating Disorders

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Call Number: YA FIC ANDERSON,L

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Call Number: YA FIC COLBERT,B

Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Tides by Betsy Cornwell

Call Number: YA FIC CORNWELL,B

After moving to the Isles of Shoals for a marine biology internship, eighteen-year-old Noah learns of his grandmother’s romance with a selkie woman, falls for the selkie’s daughter, and must work with her to rescue her siblings from his mentor’s cruel experiments.

Perfect by Natasha Friend

Call Number: YA FIC FRIEND,N

Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother’s and ten-year-old sister’s grief, as well as her own.

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Call Number: YA FIC HOPKINS,E

Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.

Never Enough by Denise Jaden

Call Number: YA FIC JADEN,D

sixteen-year-old Loann admires and envies her older sister Claire’s strength, popularity, and beauty, but as Loann begins to open up to new possibilities in herself, she discovers that Claire’s all-consuming quest for perfection comes at a dangerous price.

Skinny by Ibi Kaslik

Call Number: YA FIC KASLIK,I

After the death of their father, two sisters struggle with various issues, including their family history, personal relationships, and an extreme eating disorder.

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

Call Number: YA FIC LANGE,E

Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.

Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Call Number: YA FIC LET

Required by her cross-country coach to keep a food diary, an insecure teen finds that writing helps organize her thoughts, especially about issues that she, her best friend, and her mother face related to weight and eating.

Purge by Sarah Darer Littman

Call Number: YA FIC LITTMAN,S

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.

A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

Call Number: YA FIC METZGER,L

fifteen-year-old Mike desperately attempts to take control as his parents separate and his life falls apart.

Clean by Amy Reed

Call Number: YA FIC REED,A

A group of teens in a Seattle-area rehabilitation center form an unlikely friendship as they begin to focus less on their own problems with drugs (including alcohol) by reaching out to help a new member, who seems to have even deeper issues to resolve.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Call Number: YA FIC ROSOFF,M

To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan

Call Number: YA FIC SHAHAN,S

Jack, who is sixteen and has anorexia, spends the summer in an eating disorder ward for teenagers and befriends both his overweight roommate and a dangerously thin dancer.

Impulse Control/Self Harm

Bleed Like Me by C. Desir

Call Number: YA FIC DESIR,C

Two emotionally scarred teenagers enter into a passionate, dangerous romance

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

Call Number: YA FIC HASSAN,M

Steven “Crash” Crashinsky relates his sordid ten-year relationship with David “Burn” Burnett, the boy he stopped from taking their high school hostage at gunpoint.

Break by Hannah Moskowitz

Call Number: YA FIC MOSKOWITZ,H

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.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Call Number: YA FIC SAENZ,B

Eighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Call Number: YA FIC STEVENS,C

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Call Number: YA FIC HAYDU,C

In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, 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 with Beck–a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Call Number: YA FIC HOPKINS,E

Written in free verse, explores how three teenagers try to cope with the consequences of their mother’s addiction to crystal meth and its effects on their lives.

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Call Number: YA FIC SCHANTZ,S

In 1994, Fig looks back on her life and relates her experiences, from age six to nineteen, as she desperately tries to save her mother from schizophrenia while her own mental health and relationships deteriorate.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Call Number: YA FIC STONE,T

Hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Samantha has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off. When Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret. Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, and she is drawn to them immediately– especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse– and starts to discover a whole new side of herself.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Call Number: YA FIC TOTEN,T

“Adam not only is trying to understand his OCD, while trying to balance his relationship with his divorced parents, but he’s also trying to navigate through the issues that teenagers normally face, namely the perils of young love”– NLC catalog.

OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

Call Number: YA FIC VAUGHN,L

Danielle Levine stands out even at her alternative high school–in appearance and attitude–but when her scathing and sometimes raunchy English essays land her in a social skills class, she meets Daniel, another social misfit who may break her resolve to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Call Number: YA FIC WILSON,R

“16-year-old Caddie struggles with OCD, anxiety, and a powerful fear of touching another person’s skin, which threatens her dreams of being an actress–until the boy playing Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears”– Provided by publisher.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Call Number: YA FIC ANDERSON,L

“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”– Provided by publisher.

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Call Number: YA FIC DOLLER,T

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.

Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Call Number: YA FIC MESROBIAN,C

“Sex has always come without consequences for Evan. Until the night when all the consequences land at once, leaving him scarred inside and out”– Provided by publisher.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Call Number: YA FIC MURDOCH,E

“There are some things you can’t leave behind… A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys. Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down”– Provided by publisher.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Call Number: YA FIC QUICK,M

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

Invincible by Amy Reed

Call Number: YA FIC REED,A

Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live. All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it–at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend’s constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating. Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It’s better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible–but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.

The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

Call Number: YA FIC REINHARDT,D

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.

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

Call Number: YA FIC SKILTON,S

When she freezes during a hold-up at the local diner, sixteen-year-old Imogen, a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, has to rebuild her life, including her relationship with her family and with the boy who was with her during the shoot-out.

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

Call Number: YA FIC SMITH,A

After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all.

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston

Call Number: YA FIC WOOLSTON,B

Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem solving skills, sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself.

Schizophrenia

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony (Created by); Rodrigo Corral (Created by)

Call Number: YA ANTHONY,J

In a love story told in photographs and drawings, Glory, a brilliant piano prodigy, is drawn to Frank, an artistic new boy, and the farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness until the only song she is able to play is “Chopsticks.”

Where the Moon Isn’t by Nathan Filer

Call Number: YA FIC FLIER, N

ISBN: 9781250026989

Publication Date: 2013-11-05

Struggling to understand what happened to his brother years earlier after they both snuck out of the house during the middle of the night, Matthew believes he has found a way to bring his brother back by going off his meds.

Crazy by Han Nolan

Call Number: YA FIC NOLAN,H

Fifteen-year-old loner Jason struggles to hide father’s declining mental condition after his mother’s death, but when his father disappears he must confide in the other members of a therapy group he has been forced to join at school.

A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

Call Number: YA FIC SCHINDLER,H

As Missouri fifteen-year-old Aura struggles alone to cope with the increasingly severe symptoms of her mother’s schizophrenia, she wishes only for a normal life, but fears that her artistic ability and genes will one day result in her own insanity.

Schizo by Nic Sheff

Call Number: YA FIC SHEFF,N

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.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman; Brendan Shusterman (Illustrator)

Call Number: YA FIC SHUSTERMAN,N

Caden Bosch is on a galleon 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. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn. Caden Bosch is dealing with schizophrenia… and as fantasy and paranoia begin to take over, his parents have only one choice left.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Call Number: YA FIC WOLITZER,M

Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.

17 and Gone by 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.