Companion Books Reviews | Mental Health Awareness Month

Hi friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my website (whoops), but in honour of Mental Health Awareness Month I wanted to link some reviews that I read of books that I recently recommended that I believe rep mental health well.

This is a companion post to my most recent BookTube video, in which I recommended 9 books that I thought repped mental health well, so if you haven’t watched that video, definitely go check it out!

Because I have not suffered from or been diagnosed with any mental health disorders, when I read a book that does rep mental health I always try to read own-voices or informed reviews of those books. For me, it’s pretty important that people from marginalised communities are repped well: while a book that has poor representation might not lessen my enjoyment of that story, it’s important to me that authors don’t warp the representation of certain communities solely for the purpose of a story, and I read these reviews to help me gauge how that community responds to it and how I should rate it.

While I haven’t read reviews for all of the books that I recommended in my video, the ones that I have I will link down below. I will say that in all honesty, it was pretty difficult to find own-voices or informed views on mental health rep specifically in these books (which I guess just goes to show how marginalised mental health rep is in fiction + reviews).

In general, while I don’t necessarily agree with all of the opinions expressed by these reviewers, but these reviews helped inform my own opinion on these book. In particular, I am lifting up these reviews because I believe these are a great place to start if you’re looking for more in-depth reviews of these books specifically relating to mental health rep by more informed people than myself.

The reviews are linked down below, and I hope my recommendations video helped you find more books that rep mental health!

— Vanessa

Books Mentioned, Content Warnings, and Relevant Reviews:

– The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee 2:25

Rep: alcoholism, PTSD/depression

– History Is All You Left Me 4:42

Rep: anxiety, OCD (compulsions)

Reviews:

– We Are Okay by Nina LaCour 6:38

Rep: depression (and grief)

– Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee 7:40

Rep: schizoaffective disorder

Reviews:

– Little + Lion by Brandy Colbert 9:34

Rep: bipolar 2 disorder

– Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng 12:01

Rep: suicide, depression (and grief)

– Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 13:19

Rep: anxiety

– The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah 14:47

Rep: PTSD

– The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan 16:42

Rep: suicide, depression (and grief)

Ownvoices w/ respect to dealing with suicide in the family (as shown in the author’s note at the back of the book)

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