Reviews by Tag: mental health

Teen Review
Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts

By Raina Telgemeier
4
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
3
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
4
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
5
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.

Teen Review
Fix by J. Albert Mann

Fix

By J. Albert Mann
3
Rated by
Marium K.
Oct 6, 2021

When 16 year old Eve gets major back surgery to fix her scoliosis, she is left alone to deal with the aftermath. She reminiscences about the times she spent with her best friend, Lidia. Throughout the story, she struggles with medicine addiction, loss, and disability.

Teen Review
Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton

Lucky Girl

By Jamie Pacton
3
Rated by
Marium K.
Oct 6, 2021

When Jane Belleweather, a 17 year old, wins a 58 million dollar lottery ticket, she is stressed out. She is conflicted on what to do next and who to trust. She is left with only a few options with what to do with her ticket. Give her ticket to her hoarder mother, tell her journalist best friend, or trust her ex-boyfriend, who came back into her life after disappearing. Does Jane end up claiming her prize? What will happen next? Read more to find out!

Teen Review
Eliza and Her Monsters Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters

By Francesca Zappia
5
Rated by
Lisa J.
May 15, 2021

Eliza Mirk is an unsociable and shy high school student who much prefers to spend her time in the online world, where she can have complete control over her identity and be as anonymous as she likes. When she is online, she is simply known as LadyConstellation, the author of the insanely popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. However, when Eliza meets a boy named Wallace Warland, who also happens to be a popular fanfiction writer for Monstrous Sea, she finds herself opening up for the very first time.

Teen Review
Book Cover: The Infinite Noise, A lively but dark illustration surrounds two high school teenagers with their backs facing. One teen is smaller, almost nerdy, and illustrated blue. The other is taller, yellow, and is wearing a football uniform.

The Infinite Noise

By Lauren Shippen
3
Rated by
Megan B.
Mar 1, 2021

The Infinite Noise is a perfect blend of teenage abnormal normalities, presenting common issues such as social pressure, mental healthiness, and sexuality while also bringing the twist of the much rarer gifts of an empath, or one that can feel everyone's feelings around him. Following Caleb, the football player empath, and Adam, the lovable social outcast, The Infinite Noise is an enticing, delightful read that I struggled to put down.     

Teen Review
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Last True Poets of the Sea

By Julia Drake
4
Rated by
Hadley K. from Blue Valley YA Lit Council
Jul 24, 2019

I think that the cover is beautiful. I like that the illustrations of the plants and things in the background give the cover the feel of the ocean since the book is called Last True Poets of the Sea. The most compelling aspect of this book was that the main character was hunting for a lost shipwreck that one of her ancestors survived. I thought that the plot of the story was really interesting. The only thing I was disappointed with in this book is that it seemed to take a while to get the story going, the beginning was a little slow.

Teen Review

Nick and June Were Here

By Shalanda Stanley
4
Rated by
Emma B from MO YA Lit Council
May 13, 2019

Nick and June Were Here is about two young lovers that both have very different back stories. Nick has a history of stealing cars and getting arrested, and June is just your normal girl who stays out of trouble. But then these crazy things start happening to June causing her to go to a hospital, and she is diagnosed with schizophrenia: she hears and sees things other people don't.

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