“Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green, and “I Have Lost My Way’ by Gayle Forman
These Young Adult novels offer hope and the prospect of healing, across the generations.
Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD affect people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds.
Despite efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, many obstacles remain as individuals navigate their careers, families, and personal lives.
Books that address these challenges can be gruelling and heavy to read, leaving readers feeling traumatised and overwhelmed.
Fortunately, young adult novels provide an alternative. These books do not shy away from tough subjects like suicide, depression, anxiety, and loss, but they also contain positivity and hope.
Two of these novels, “Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green, and “I Have Lost My Way” by Gayle Forman, are excellent choices for anyone seeking inspiration, guidance, and a way to face the challenges of mental illness.
“Turtles All The Way Down” is written in the first person, and the main character’s battle with anxiety is vividly portrayed.
The author’s personal experience with OCD and anxiety adds authenticity to the story, making it relatable for those who have experienced similar challenges.
If you have an anxious teen, this book can help them realise they are not alone. If you’re an anxious adult, you might recognise signs from your own childhood, and find healing as you follow protagonist’s journey.
“I Have Lost My Way” offers multiple perspectives on the struggles of mental illness. While the book has a teenage vibe to it, the message is universal: individuals who experience mental health challenges can find comfort and support from others.
The book raises awareness about the emotional burdens that teens face and encourages readers to be kinder to themselves and others.
These novels allow teen and adult readers to recognise the importance of positivity in navigating mental health challenges.
The books acknowledge that these challenges are not easy, but they also offer hope and healing.