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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Six Degrees of Separation: Reasons to Stay Alive

Six Degrees of Separation with Matt Haig's book Reasons to Stay Alive.

We start here:

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Is part memoir, part self-help about depression and anxiety
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
The Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
Is also part memoir and part self-help on the topic of manic-depression.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
A fictional account of a boy who is deeply depressed and mentally ill, based partially on the author's son's experiences. It contains illustrations created by the son while in the the depth of his mental illness.

Stitches by David Small
Is a graphic novel about a boy who develops cancer because of unnecessary medical treatments given him by his father at the insistence of his mentally ill mother.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Is a YA novel where the main character also gets unnecessary medical treatment at the hands of an unstable mother.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
Is another YA book. The main character has OCD and his mother is mentally ill but he gets help for his condition with his therapy group where the therapist encourages the members to embrace the persona of super heroes.

 Passing for Normal by Amy Wilensky
Part memoir, part self help book about living with OCD and Tourette's Syndrome.

 Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
We are back to the beginning with this part memoir, part self-help book about mental illness.

Give it a try. It is fun.
I haven't read REASONS TO STAY ALIVE but I have read all the other books.
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  1. How fun is this?! Thanks for sharing with us. Off to have some fun with it.

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  2. Fun literary chain you created here! I have noticed a LOT of novels about mental illness lately, especially in YA - it's good that people are talking about this topic more and bringing it out into the open.

    Just realized I have Challenger Deep on audio but you said illustrations are a big part of it - hmmm...and I love Neal Schusterman - he's one of my favorite authors. May have to request the book from the library while I listen to the audio!


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