What are the best young adult novels set in psychiatric hospitals?

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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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    #2Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.


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    Robert Harper
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I devoured this book and knew before I even finished it that I loved it, which is uncommon for me. Kaysen's description of borderline personality and the cognitive struggle between what is real and what we perceive is not only wonderfully insightful but fascinating to read. As soon as my friend finishes reading this, it's likely I'll read it all over again."
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    #3The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is a standalone young adult paranormal novel written by Katie Alender which centers on Delia living in the new house that was previously used as an asylum and now has trapped her. 

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    Bruce Edwards
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The setting of this novel is exactly what I am looking for. It is not explicitly set in an active psychiatric hospital, but rather a house that used to be one. This is a nice twist on this sort of setting, and should set the story up for some good thrilling moments, and horror scenarios that will excite young readers."
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    #4Project 17

    Project 17
    Project 17 is a standalone fantasy paranormal novel written by Laurie Faria Stolarz which centers on the happenings at the Danvers State Hospital in Hathorne Hill, near Boston where local believe the mental institution has been haunted. 

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    Ai Long
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Sometimes young adult books can be cheesy when they try to explore paranormal themes. Project 17 is one of the exceptions because all of the scares and tension building make sense."
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    #5Suicide 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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    Huang Shi
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I at first like Suicide Notes as it dealt with a younger person whereas the stories usually deal with someone older. However, the story itself still fell into a lot of the same cliches of stories about the horrors of psych hospitals"
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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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    Omar Arteaga
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I know that it seems odd to rate "best young adult novels set in psychiatric hospitals" but given how serious of a topic this is for our young people today, I will tell you that this book, "Impulse" is one of the best and most honest books about suicide and self-hurting. I would definitely recommend that any young adults read this book in conjunction with an adult as there are some very moving moments where it helps to be able to release that emotion and to discuss the motivations and reasons as to why each of these teenagers attempted suicide. I give this book a rating of a "5" as it is a serious and important topic that definitely requires greater visibility and awareness."
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    #7Monkey 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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    Jonathan Berry
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "As the discussion of mental health is becoming more and more prominent in our society, it felt refreshing to see a book taking place in a psychiatric hospital that involved a young adult. My daughter has read the book, as I have I and it has generated many great and progressive conversations between the two of us as a result. I would highly recommend this for young adults as it's a captivating story that builds tension without absolutely crushing the reader."
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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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    Brittany Bell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I couldn't put this book down! At first I wondered how an intelligent woman would fall for a psychotic killer. But then you get involved in their story and how he mystifies her so. Great suspenseful read!"
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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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    Keith Alvarado
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book has a really classic vibe to it. The third person view makes the story intriguing and impossible to put down. "
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    #10Sisters in Sanity

    Sisters in Sanity

    Sisters in Sanity is a standalone young adult novel written by Gayle Forman which centers on 16-year-old Brit Hemphillm who was enrolled at the Red Rock that is a bogus treatment center for rebellious teenage girls. 


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    Jacqueline Greene
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I worked with some women that had a similar experience as described in this novel. It's very realistic and the story is interesting. Great for anyone who wants to read more on the subject."
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    #11Get 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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    Esteban Toledo
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Get well soon is great book of it"
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    Cut is a  young adult and realistic fiction novel written by Patrick McCormick. It was published February 1, 2002 by PUSH. It closely follows the struggle of a person with mental challenges.

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    Jeremy Stevens
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "For starters, the title is terrible. These single word titles can be confused for anything, and searching for them online or in a library is difficult. As for the plot itself, it seems like a kid a misunderstood by the adults, and has to discover the solutions to her problems herself."


Best What are the best young adult novels set in psychiatric hospitals
1It's Kind of a Funny StoryBooks 34 Paid
2Girl, InterruptedBooks 30 Paid
3The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallBooks 28 Paid
4Project 17Books 27 Paid
5Suicide NotesBooks 25 Paid
6ImpulseBooks 23 Paid
7Monkey TamingBooks 22 Paid
8AsylumBooks 22 Paid
9I Never Promised You a Rose GardenBooks 16 Paid
10Sisters in SanityBooks 13 Paid

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