For Fans of TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, 20 Narratives about Mental Health

John Green’s latest unputdownable YA novel, Turtles All the Way Down, tackles the tough topic of anxiety disorders, specifically Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As Michael Cart writes in his starred review, ” Green, a master of deeply felt material, handles all of this with aplomb. With its attention to ideas and trademark introspection, it’s a challenging but richly rewarding read. It is also the most mature of Green’s work to date and deserving of all the accolades that are sure to come its way.”

Fans of Green’s crossover novels move easily between teen and adult titles. So, offer those interested in explorations of mental health books from both sides of the aisle.


All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar

 Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman

 Crazy, by Han Nolan

Cut, by Patricia McCormick

Every Last Word, by Tamara Stone

Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinslla

Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen

Hold Still, by Nina LaCour

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh

Invisible, by Pete Hautman

 It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

Lowboy, by John Wray

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, by Daniel B. Smith

OCD Love Story, by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD, the Dude, and Me, by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

Prozac Nation, by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Ten Things I Can See from Here, by Carrie Mac

Under the Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, by Teresa Toten

An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison


About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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