What are the best teen fiction books about mental illness?

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    #1All the Bright Places

    All the Bright Places
    All the Bright Places is the New York Times' bestselling young adult romance novel written by Jenniver Niven. It is about the suicidal Theodore and his fateful meeting with the grief-stricken Violet. 
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    Li Wei
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a great book to recommend for mental illness fiction. It has stellar reviews and is highly acclaimed. This book appears to appeal to anyone from any background, age group, race etc. "
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    #2Everybody Sees the Ants

    Everybody Sees the Ants

    Everybody Sees the Ants is a standalone realistic fiction novel written by A.S. King which centers on the life of Lucky Linderman who feels his life is so unfortunate but he has a secret. 

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    #3The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Justin Mason
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Holden Caulfield is a teen that we can all love, get annoyed with, and laugh with. He is both disgusted, and fascinated with humanity. He hates people who are fake/"phony", and full of themselves. His view of the society, of girls, of family, and friends, are views of someone who is far more intelligent for his age. This book to me, is the best book I have ever read in the near 22 years I've been on this earth! If you get offended by the "gd" word, you may not care much for reading it, being he says that almost every other sentence. If you look at it from a teens point of view, who's fed up, and not meaning it personally, then you'll be fine. I know he's a fictional character, and that saddens me, but this book was far ahead of its time. It's written like it would have came out recently, not the late 1940's. Holden is a guy you would either love, or hate to know. I personally think I would enjoy having a friend like Holden, but it's up for you to decide. I don't see how anyone could hate this book though. It's 277 pages, it only took me 1.5 days to complete it, and that was with spare time. Take my word, as a guy who's fairly intelligent... Read this book!"
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    #4Fangirl

    Fangirl

    Fangirl is Rainbow Rowell's novel narrating the life of Cath, an avid Simon Snow fan who was struggling to let go of her fandom but had to learn to grow up and face the harsh realities of her adolescent life.

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    Henry Reid
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "Fangirl" as a birthday gift for a friend of mine, and I'm confident she will appreciate it. The book narrates the life of Cath, an adolescent that struggles to keep going on in a life full of hard times and difficulties. I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #5Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    Anonymously written, Go Ask Alice is a diary—which may be real or fictional— of a teenage girl who got sucked into a drug-filled world. This book chronicles her descent into addiction, as she takes to drugs to escape real life.

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    Samuel Collins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Go Ask Alice is a very mysterious book. I enjoyed this read because it reads through as a diary. I didn't expect to be so intrigued by this book but as soon as I started I couldn't put it down. It's a pretty dreary read as the subject matter is quite dark. It's about a teen girl who spirals down into a life of drug addiction. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea but the material has substance and it's always interesting, at least to me, to see subject matter geared towards mental illness."
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    #6The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 

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    Roger Reid
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Interesting book, not the type of thing I usually read, but it was recommended to me. The way the story is written, through the journal entries is unique and gives the story a more personal touch."
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    #7It'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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    Stephen Garrett
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is generally the type of book I'm looking for. It does deal with mental illness, though a lot of people wouldn't consider being suicidal a mental illness. This definitely helped me with what I was looking for."
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    #8Made You Up

    Made You Up

    Made You Up is a young adult novel written by Francesca Zappia which centers on Alex diagnosed with schizophrenia as she tries to fight and distinguish the difference between the reality and delusion. 

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    Joe Howell
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The solution given does not state anything about it being the "best" of this category, however the book description and the reviews of the book are satisfactory for the search query. If the "best" books are rated 1-100, this book would appear on that list due to its placement of #79 in the category Books > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Depression & Mental Illness."
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    #9The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.
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    #10600 Hours of Edward

    600 Hours of Edward

    600 Hours of Edward is a heartwarming novel by Craig Lancaster about a man suffering from Asperger's Syndrom and obsessive-compulsive disorder and how his life was changed by a stranger and her daughter.

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    Patrick Diaz
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Very heart wrenching story about mental illness and I hope it will bring more awareness to this taboo subject in America. It is about a man suffering from Asperger's and how his life suddenly changes with the help of a stranger and her daughter. "
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    #11Stand Alone (A Novel)

    Stand Alone (A Novel)
    Stand Alone is a young adult novel written by P. D.  Workman about Justine, a girl who is dealing with her reactive attachment disorder. With over 300 pages, this book is published by P. D. Workman.
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    #12Before You Break

    Before You Break

    Before You Break by Kyla Stone is a contemporary young adult book about a young protagonist suffering from a mental breakdown after her father suffered a heart attack. This book was published in 2017.

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    Martha Hayes
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a great book for teens to help them understand emotional mental illness. This should especially appeal to teens who are going through troubling times themselves. "
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    #13A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

    A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

    A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is a standalone young adult contemporary novel written by Krystal Sutherland which follows the life of Esther Solar after her grandfather passed away. 

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    Eric Munoz
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares isn't really about mental illness. However, it does explore fears and anxieties in a thoughtful manner and it's really entertaining."

Summary

Best What are the best teen fiction books about mental illness
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1All the Bright PlacesBooks 48 Paid
2Everybody Sees the AntsBooks 44 Paid
3The Catcher in the RyeBooks 42 Paid
4FangirlBooks 40 Paid
5Go Ask AliceBooks 38 Paid
6The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 36 Paid
7It's Kind of a Funny StoryBooks 34 Paid
8Made You UpBooks 31 Paid
9The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 29 Paid
10600 Hours of EdwardBooks 26 Paid
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