Reviews by Tag: mental health

Teen Review
Thirteen Reasons Why book cover

Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Bella P.
May 24, 2024

Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why is a Young Adult Fiction novel that tells the haunting story of Hannah Baker—a teenage girl who recently committed suicide and left behind thirteen self-recorded cassette tapes in the hands of the novel’s main character, Clay Jensen. Clay’s intense desire for closure drives him to seek out the truth regarding the events that contributed to her decision to take her own life.

Teen Review
Button Pusher

Button Pusher

By Tyler Page
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Nehanika C.
Mar 29, 2024

Button Pusher by Tyler Page is about a boy named Tyler. Tyler is different from the other kids around him and sometimes does bizarre things that he doesn’t always remember. Tyler's home life is not that good as his parents are always fighting and his dad is really unpredictable and scary. He also spanks Tyler if he gets mad and his mom is too scared to do anything about it. At school, Tyler is always getting in trouble when working because he gets distracted very easily and he doesn’t listen to the teachers either.

Teen Review
Girl in Pieces book cover

Girl in Pieces

By Kathleen Glasgow
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anna S.
Jan 19, 2024

Charlie is a girl who has been through it. She has a terrible past and deals with it by harming herself. This self-harm got to a point where she was found wrapped in a sheet, suffering and she had to be put in a facility to help her with her mental health. Charlie’s health is slowly but surely improving, until the funding for her stay runs out and she is sent back to the streets, where she was found. Charlie learns how to live on her own, work as a dishwasher at a coffee shop, and how to manage her feelings for a boy who has issues of his own.

Teen Review
We Are The Ants

We Are the Ants

By Shaun David Hutchinson
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Aug 31, 2023

Summary: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson follows the story of Henry Denton, a teenager who's been repeatedly abducted by aliens since his boyfriend's suicide. The aliens offer him a choice: press a button to save the world from impending destruction, or let humanity perish. Struggling with depression, grief, and the complexities of his personal life, Henry grapples with the decision while reflecting on the pain and beauty of existence.

Teen Review
Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Solitaire

By Alice Oseman
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Oct 4, 2022

Solitaire by Alice Oseman takes place a year after the prominent graphic novel series Heartstopper
begins. It follows Tori Spring, Charlie’s older sister, during Year 12. During this time, she finds a mysterious
group called Solitaire, and, in the process meets a boy called Michael Holden. While initially unimpressed
with both, she begins to connect with Michael, and the two of them follow the most recent activity of

Teen Review
Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts

By Raina Telgemeier
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Ethan
Jul 24, 2022

The book Guts is a based on a true story of the author, Raina Telgemeier, when she was
5th grade. Raina was always a shy, self-conscious kid, but she also just wanted to fit in and be
normal. However, she is also having trouble with her anxiety, her friend problems, her fear of
throwing up, and stomach problems. In order to become more confident in herself and overcome
her anxiety and fear of stomach bugs, Raina must get the support from both her family and her

Teen Review
R.I.P. Eliza Hart by Alyssa Sheinmel

R.I.P. Eliza Hart

By Alyssa Sheinmel
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Sophie G.
Jul 12, 2022

R.I.P Eliza Hart tells the story of Ellie Sokoloff, ex-best friend of Eliza Hart who both attend Ventana Ranch boarding school. Ellie now is a loner, while Eliza is the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch. That is, until she’s murdered. Now Ellie, who’s been bullied by Eliza since she arrived, is determined to solve her murder, despite the fact she now looks like the top suspect. With help from her roommate Sam, she has to find out what really happened, and clear her own name.

Teen Review
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

How It Feels to Float

By Helena Fox
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Morgan S.
Jul 11, 2022

In Helena Fox’s debut title How It Feels to Float, we follow the protagonist Elizabeth, or Biz, as she goes through the struggles of grief, identity, and mental health after the traumatizing events she has gone through. Biz’s father died ten years ago, and then she recently kissed and got rejected by her best friend. Her mental health takes a downward spiral, and we watch as she attempts to recover from these obstacles.

Teen Review
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It's Kind of a Funny Story

By Ned Vizzini
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Alyssa F.
Feb 22, 2022

This book follows the story of teenager Craig Gilner. He wants to succeed but nearly kills himself over it. The book follows his journey with his mental health and all the ups and downs along the way. To me, the book was in a way very relatable, which I personally always love in a book. The way that Craig reacted to situations and simply the things he struggled with as a teen, is very compelling and I sort of saw myself in him a little bit, as I am also a teenager.

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