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Get schooled on all things mental health with these essential YA reads


Louise Gornall’s completely wonderful debut, ‘Under Rose Tainted Skies’, stars Norah. Norah has agoraphobia, anxiety and OCD and her life is tough, then Luke moves in next door and she has a whole other sets of problems dumped on top. Boy problems.

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This book is a brave, honest and fresh look at living with mental health issues and it got us thinking about the other amazing books that deal with this topic.

These are a few MUST READS:

finding audrey‘Finding Audrey’ by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella’s ‘Finding Aubrey’ was a seriously fun read from last year and it’s so perfect for reluctant readers. Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house. Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

nothing tastes as good‘Nothing Tastes as Good’ by Claire Hennessy

Now, we haven’t read this yet and it’s not out until next week, but we KNOW it’s going to be amazing. So many authors we love have said so. Annabel is dead. Julia Jacobs is fat. Which Annabel immediately notices when she’s assigned as Julia’s ghostly helper. And as her helper, Julia’s problem seems pretty obvious to Annabel. Fat = problem = unhappy. Sorted. The only trouble is that whatever is causing Julia to overeat is hidden deep within her. Annabel will have to get to know Julia to uncover this secret and ‘fix’ her. Annabel can become the voice of reason, Julia’s source of strength.

how-i-live-now‘How I Live Now’ by Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff’s debut has stood the test of time and is still one of our very favourite books. We’ve re-read it about 12 times and the love is still intense. When Daisy becomes too difficult, she’s shipped off from America to stay with the cousins she’s never met before in the English countryside. Even as war breaks out and peple begin to starve, Daisy can’t move past her troubled relationship with food.

91NEzpPXfTL._SL1500_‘My Heart and Other Black Holes’ by Jasmine Warga

Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but in a month’s time, they plan to commit suicide – together. Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn’t equal normal, well-adjusted teenager. But she can’t figure out why handsome, popular Roman wants to end it all….and why he’s even more determined than she is. With the deadline getting closer, something starts to grow between Aysel and Roman. There might be something to live for, after all – but is Aysel in so deep she can’t turn back?

whenwecollided‘When We Collided’ by Emery Lord

We were so excited to see Emery Lord finally be published over here in the UK, and what a book to open with! Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide .

Grab your copy of ‘Under Rose Tainted Skies’ and discover the awesome!

Have we missed your favourite book dealing with mental health? Tell us about it at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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