Reviews and Blog Posts: mental illness

Monkey mind : a memoir of anxiety

by Daniel B. Smith

DPL Rating:
2

In this psychological memoir, journalist Daniel Smith tells the story of his ongoing struggle with a nearly crippling anxiety disorder. I didn't much care for the book, not because I was uncomfortable with Smith's cavalier description of the statutory rape that triggered his anxiety (although I was, a bit). My...

Impulse

by Ellen Hopkins

DPL Rating:
3

This novel in verse follows three teens--Conner, Tony, and Vanessa--as they meet and go through treatment after attempting suicide. Each is in residential facility Aspen Springs for different reasons, and they connect in different ways. As the poems, told from each of their voices, reveal their backgrounds and thoughts, you...

OCD love story

by Corey Ann Haydu

DPL Rating:
4

OCD Love Story is a teen book with a bright pink heart on the cover.  The book seems like it would be a romance but really this book is a much more intense story about obsessive compulsive disorder.  OCD Love Story is a realistic look at a difficult problem.  The...

The never list

by Koethi Zan

DPL Rating:
4

Sarah and Jennifer always followed their set of rules, the Never List, as they called it. Safety was always paramount. This is why they were so surprised to find themselves kidnapped together by the sadistic psychopath, Jack Derber along with other teenage girls. The years spent in captivity damaged all...

The girl next door

by Jack Ketchum

DPL Rating:
4

To say you enjoyed reading this book, is much like saying you like watching train wrecks. It is not that it was a bad book with poor writing. It is the very content that is troubling. This book is not for the faint of heart, however, if you decide to...

Umbrella

by Will Self

DPL Rating:
3

If you are interested in a challenging literary read and you secretly wish for the second coming of James Joyce, then Umbrella will meet all your Modernist resurrection fantasies. Will Self uses boggling and dense language to describe the mistaken institutionalization of suffragette Audrey De'ath after she acquires sleeping sickness....

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir

by Ellen Forney

DPL Rating:
4

When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney  was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she explores her treatment...

Veronika decides to die

by Paulo Coelho

DPL Rating:
4

Looking at all that is wrong in the world, the seemingly perfect Veronika decides she can no longer go on living. Her suicide attempt fails and she wakes up in a mental hospital where she is told the attempt has weakened her heart and she only has days to live....

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