Young Adult Fiction Booklist: 16 Books That Address Mental Health Topics

As our culture continues to fight the stigma of mental illness, a number of authors in young adult fiction have begun to address the subject through stories of teen characters living with mental health issues.

Check out the booklist of titles that address mental health topics rounded up by Riveted, an online community for young adult fiction.

The selected titles cover a wide array of mental health issues, ranging from anxiety to obsessive-compulsive disorder to schizophrenia.

The titles include:

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitzk

Life Inside My Mind edited by Jessica Burkhart

Other Broken Things by C. Desir 

The Place Between Breaths by An Na

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan

What I Leave Behind by Alison McGee

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

Obsessed by Allison Britz

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Crazy by Amy Reed

Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Michelle Rathburn, LAMFT