In the winter 2015 issue of YALS, Diane Scrofano’s article on the portrayal of mental illness in YA literature provides an excellent overview of what exists, where there are gaps, and what the future holds. Below are the titles that Diane includes in her article, along with the mental illness focal point of the novel, and a link to information about each title on Amazon.
- Anderson, Laurie Halse. (2010). Wintergirls. Anorexia.
- Blackstone, Matt. (2011). A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie. OCD.
- Halpern, Julie. (2009). Get Well Soon. Anxiety.
- Harrar, George. (2004). Not as Crazy as I Seem. OCD.
- Hesser, Terry Spencer. (1999). Kissing Doorknobs. OCD.
- Hopkins, Ellen. (2008). Impulse. Suicide.
- Levithan, David and John Green. (2011). Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Depression.
- Nolan, Han. (2010). Crazy. Schizophrenia.
- Omololu, C.J. (2011). Dirty Little Secrets. Hoarding.
- Peters, Julie Ann. (2000). Define “Normal.” Depression.
- Pupek, Jayne. (2008). Tomato Girl. Bipolar disorder.
- Schindler, Holly. (2010). A Blue So Dark. Schizophrenia.
- Sones, Sonia. (2001). Stop Pretending. Bipolar disorder.
- Trueman, Terry. (2004). Inside Out. Schizophrenia.
- Vizzini, Ned. (2007). It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Depression.
- White, Ruth. (2002). Memories of Summer. Schizophrenia.
The following graphic memoirs of mental illness would also appeal to adolescents: