What are the best mental hospital fiction books?

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    #1It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is published in 2007. In 2010, it was adapted into a film with the same title. It tells the story of a suicidal teenage guy who gets into a mental hospital wherein he learns stories of other people.


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    Anthony Banks
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "i feel to read the novel was very depressed story"
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    #2The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 


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    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "After reading this book I am very happy with this purchase, I really enjoyed the story"
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    #3Veronika Decides to Die

    Veronika Decides to Die
    Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho is a fictional novel originally published in 1998. It tells the story of a young and beautiful woman named Veronika who seems to be living a perfect life until she decides to commit suicide.


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    Sai Jaiteley
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "There's a really fine line that has to be walked with medical fiction books, and especially so with mental medicine. Author Paulo Coelho does a great job with Veronika Decides to Die, providing both a thoughtful exposee on mental health and a thought-provoking story full of entertainment. As far as the narrow sub-genre goes, this is one of the best solutions you'll find."
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    #4Get Well Soon

    Get Well Soon

    Get Well Soon is a children's picture book written by Charlotte Hudson and illustrated by Mary McQuillan. This was originally published in 2007. This book narrates the story of a family who has a sick member.


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    Sarah Walters
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I'm glad to see there's a book out there set in a mental hospital that isn't horror based! It's refreshing to see something so believable and relatable to help normalize part of the mental health process that is so misunderstood in society. "
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    Asylum by Patrick McGrath was published in 1998. This book is about Stella Raphael who meets Edgar Stark, who murdered his wife die to his psychological conditions.


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    Rosario Alonso
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I like books that take pot element from psychiatric illnesses. This is not exception to the ones I enjoy that talk about mental hospital patients. A real page turner for me."
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    #6Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    Alias Grace is a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood. It tells the real-life story of Grace Marks, who was convicted murder in 1843 for the deaths of three people. Years later, a psychiatrist helps to prove her innocence.


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    Joseph Carr
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Alias Grace is a story that takes readers into the journey about the life of women in the 19th century. This story follows Grace Marks, and her story on being convicted and then proven innocent by a psychiatrist. It is a historical fiction title, but still a great read nonetheless. "
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    Fingersmith is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Waters which centers on orphan Sue Trinder who is living with Mrs. Sucksby and her family, and her love interest who is also an orphan. 

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    Joe Barnett
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book has all of the best elements of suspense, including old creepy mansions, thieves and cutthroats, and madhouses. Waters deftly describes the underbelly of London as well as the delineation between the lower and upper classes. Overall a well crafted story, and one I will revisit again."
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    #8She's Come Undone

    She's Come Undone

    Dolores Price is 13 years old, wise-mouthed and saying goodbye to his childhood. But she will spend the next years beached like a whale in front of the TV, becoming a young woman at 257 pounds. But Dolores is determined to rise again.


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    Jane Hoffman
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "While it seems to be related ot mental health I dont see anything about a mental hospital. However the reviews are pretty awesome and there's 6 ways I can read it so I'm down."
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    #9I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Green and Joanne Greenberg is published in 1989. This narrates the story of Deborah who struggles with mental illness as she tries to recover and get back to the real world.


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    George Henderson
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I read this book in high school, and many years later picked it up again. The writing is very good; the story is well laid out and executed. All these years later, I would say that her portrayal of this mentally ill teenager is spot-on. I was saddened to see that the family reactions portrayed in this novel are also, in large part, valid as well. "
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    #10Suicide Notes

    Suicide Notes

    Suicide Notes is a standalone young adult novel written by Michael Thomas Ford which centers on 15-year-old boy Jeff who wakes up on New Year's Day in the psychiatric ward of a hospital.


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    Brian Lee
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "It is very dramatic book of it"
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    An anorexic Lia Overbrook harms herself after finding out that her best friend Cassie died of bulimia. She blames herself for not being with Cassie during the time she needed her the most and the idea to live becomes even more difficult for her.


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    Helen Stevens
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Wintergirls is darkly beautiful in it's theme and storytelling. You feel like you are inside the mind of this desperate girl who is struggling to hold on to hope. It can help you empathize with others in her position, but you may need to read a fun lighthearted book after you finish this one. "
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    Impulse is a young adult fiction novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. This is the first novel in the Impulse series, and it was first published in 2007.


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    Graciela Murillo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is a cheesy love story based in a mental hospital. It doesn't really give an accurate portrayal of what it's like and it's a very typical YA teen love story. Not my first choice. "
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    #13One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Brian Allen
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This novel is a classic! The story takes so many crazy turns that only a setting like a mental hospital can provide. I love diving in to the complexities of the human mind and I also love hospital dramas! "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has it all! This novel definitely had me staying up a few minutes extra every night to try to uncover the next crazy event in the story. Not so great for me in the mornings heading off to work though! This novel is well worth your time if you like stories involving mental hospitals."
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    #14Monkey Taming

    Monkey Taming

    Monkey Taming is a standalone young adult novel written by Judith Fathallah which centers on teenager girl named Jessica who has spiraled down into madness and was admitted to a psychiatric unit to become better. 


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    Jeremy Cox
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "i like reading Monkey Taming it talks about teenager girl named Jessica who has spiraled down into madness and was admitted to a psychiatric unit to become better. "
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    Room is a novel written by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who gets to live in a room he considers the world. 


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    Raúl Contreras
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I couldn't believe how much depth there could be in a book that predominately takes place in one room until I read this novel. An amazing written, eye opening piece of work I would recommend to anyone who has ever wondered about their place in this big world. "


Best What are the best mental hospital fiction books
1It's Kind of a Funny StoryBooks 27 Paid
2The Bell JarBooks 24 Paid
3Veronika Decides to DieBooks 23 Paid
4Get Well SoonBooks 21 Paid
5AsylumBooks 17 Paid
6Alias GraceBooks 16 Paid
7FingersmithBooks 14 Paid
8She's Come UndoneBooks 12 Paid
9I Never Promised You a Rose GardenBooks 5 Paid
10Suicide NotesBooks 5 Paid

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