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TOUGH ISSUES: Upside Down, Inside Out: Mental and Emotional Disorders

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Perfect : a novel book Perfect : a novel

Joyce, Rachel.
FIC JOYCE

In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident in the English countryside in 1972, twelve-year-old Byron Hemming struggles with events that his mother does not seem to remember and embarks on a journey to discover what really did or did not happen.

OCD




Lexapros and cons Teen Book Lexapros and cons

Karo, Aaron.
TEEN KARO

Realizing that his OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) is out of control, seventeen-year-old Chuck Taylor, who wants to win his best friend back and impress a new girl at school, tries to break some hardcore habits, face his demons--and get messy.

OCD




Counting by 7s Juvenile Book Counting by 7s

Sloan, Holly Goldberg, 1958-
J SLOAN

Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

Autism Spectrum




Marcelo in the real world Teen Book Marcelo in the real world

Stork, Francisco X.
TEEN STORK

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Autism Spectrum




Playing Tyler Teen Book Playing Tyler

Costa, T. L.
TEEN COSTA

Tyler MacCandless is looking at a bleak future. With his father dead and his mother mentally checked out, Tyler is responsible for his older brother Brandon who's in rehab for heroin abuse--again. With no skills to speak of outside of playing video games, a fast food future is all but a certainty. That is, until the day Tyler's mentor Rick asks him to test a new video game. A good enough score can earn him a place in flight school. But then Brandon goes missing, and Tyler discovers the game is far more than it seems.

ADD/ADHD




The museum of intangible things Teen Book The museum of intangible things

Wunder, Wendy, author.
TEEN WUNDER

Best friends Hannah and Zoe, seventeen, leave their down-and-out New Jersey town and drive west chasing storms, making new friends, and seeking the intangibles--audacity, insouciance, happiness--that their lives have lacked.

Bipolar




Compulsion Teen Book Compulsion

Ayarbe, Heidi.
TEEN AYARBE

Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

OCD




Th1rteen r3asons why : a novel Teen Book Th1rteen r3asons why : a novel

Asher, Jay, 1975-
TEEN ASHER

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Depression




The chance you won't return Teen Book The chance you won't return

Cardi, Annie, author.
TEEN CARDI

High school student Alex Winchester struggles to hold her life together in the face of her mother's threatening delusions about being Amelia Earhart.

Depression




The namesake Teen Book The namesake

Parlato, Steven.
TEEN PARLATO

Since the shock of his young father's suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. Despite his mother's encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope. Then Evan's grandmother hands him the key--literally, a key--to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him.

PTSD




Try not to breathe Teen Book Try not to breathe

Hubbard, Jennifer R.
TEEN HUBBARD

The summer Ryan is released from a mental hospital following his suicide attempt, he meets Nicki, who gets him to share his darkest secrets while hiding secrets of her own.

Depression




Silhouetted by the blue Teen Book Silhouetted by the blue

Jones, Traci L.
TEEN JONES

After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has gotten the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.

Depression




Hold still Teen Book Hold still

LaCour, Nina.
TEEN LACOUR

Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed.

Depression




Lovely, dark and deep Teen Book Lovely, dark and deep

McNamara, Amy.
TEEN MCNAMAR

In the aftermath of a car accident that kills her boyfriend and throws her carefully planned future into complete upheaval, high school senior Wren retreats to the deep woods of Maine to live with the artist father she barely knows and meets a boy who threatens to pull her from her safe, hard-won exile.

Depression




By the time you read this, I'll be dead Teen Book By the time you read this, I'll be dead

Peters, Julie Anne.
TEEN PETERS

High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.

Depression




Sorta like a rockstar : a novel Teen Book Sorta like a rockstar : a novel

Quick, Matthew, 1973-
TEEN QUICK

Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

Depression
PTSD
Autism Spectrum




Falling into place Teen Book Falling into place

Zhang, Amy, 1996-
TEEN ZHANG

One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life.

Depression




Mindblind Teen Book Mindblind

Roy, Jennifer Rozines, 1967-
TEEN ROY

Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel Clark, who has Asperger's Syndrome, tries to prove that he is a genius by writing songs for his rock band, so that he can become a member of the prestigious Aldus Institute, the premier organization for the profoundly gifted.

Autism Spectrum




Bluefish Teen Book Bluefish

Schmatz, Pat.
TEEN SCHMATZ

Everything changes for thirteen-year-old Travis, a new student who is trying to hide his illiteracy, when he meets a sassy classmate with her own secrets and a remarkable teacher.

Depression




Black Box Teen Book Black Box

Schumacher, Julie, 1958-
TEEN SCHUMAC

When her sixteen-year-old sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, fourteen-year-old Elena tries to cope with her own anxiety and feelings of guilt that she is determined to conceal from outsiders.

Depression




Belzhar Teen Book Belzhar

Wolitzer, Meg, author.
TEEN WOLITZE

Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.

Depression




Say what you will Teen Book Say what you will

McGovern, Cammie, author.
TEEN MCGOVER

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

OCD




The things a brother knows Teen Book The things a brother knows

Reinhardt, Dana.
TEEN REINHAR

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

PTSD




Bruised Teen Book Bruised

Skilton, Sarah.
TEEN SKILTON

When she freezes during a hold-up at the local diner, sixteen-year-old Imogen, a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, has to rebuild her life, including her relationship with her family and with the boy who was with her during the shoot-out.

PTSD




Hope in Patience Teen Book Hope in Patience

Fehlbaum, Beth.
TEEN FEHLBAU

After years of sexual abuse by her stepfather, fifteen-year-old Ashley Asher starts a better life with her father and stepmother in Patience, Texas, but despite psychotherapy and new friends, she still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD




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