depression

If You Left

Ashley Prentice Norton
3
Rated by
Megan C.
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

I picked up this book because I had liked The Chocolate Money by the same author. Norton has a talent for brutal honesty, holding back nothing about her protagonists’ motives and thoughts. In The Chocolate Money we witness the fraught relationship a privileged young woman has with her eccentric heiress mother.

Neon sign spelling out Love Me Back against a blue green background.

Love Me Back

Merritt Tierce
4
Rated by
Melody B.K.
Thursday, Mar 12, 2015

In this novel, Marie, a young mother, is a server at an upscale Dallas restaurant. Some nights the tips border on phenomenal. Yet, she is slowly suffocating under a great, sorrowful blanket of depression. She exists, she suffers, she endures acts of degradation and abuse from men on the off chance that occasionally she will experience something other than sadness and pain. Her daughter is a buoy that she lets go of to sink back into the nasty muck. Love Me Back holds no happy ending, no redemption.

Black and white picture of items found in a teenagers dorm room, carefully laid out.

Belzhar

Meg Wolitzer
4
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

Fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars will find another intriguing, mysterious novel in Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar. The book is predominantly set at The Wooden Barn, a boarding school for intelligent but emotionally unstable teens. When Jamaica “Jam” Gallahue transfers to The Wooden Barn after the unexpected death of her boyfriend, she is automatically enrolled in the elite, highly selective course Special Topics in English.

Darkness Visible

William Styron
5
Rated by
Becky C.
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015

William Styron was already an accomplished, award-winning author by the mid-1980s when he suffered a devastating episode of clinical depression.

It's Kind of A Funny Story

It's Kind of A Funny Story

ned Vizzini
4
Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010

I read It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini years ago but the story has always stuck with me, I think it was something I could really relate to. It's about a guy who is at the top of his class at his public school. He is a pretty competitive person (at least academically) and he desperately wants to get into this very elite prep school, probably more for the challenge of getting accepted than actually going.

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Little Bee

Chris Cleave
3
Rated by
Helen H.
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009

Books that don’t match their descriptions are extremely annoying, and this one especially so. The book jacket says, “It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific.” And the beach scene really is exceedingly horrific. Unfortunately, the comic relief I was led to expect never followed. I failed to be even slightly amused by this story of Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee, whose life becomes entangled with a vacationing English couple.