Books With Depression, Pain, and/or Lyrical Writing!

I feel like I talk about race. I talk about sexuality. But I don’t talk about neurodiversity, and that is a tragic flaw. So, here are some books that I enjoyed that I find have accurate portrayals of various mental disorders, or just represent an internal struggle well.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book is a well written novel that has a lyrical writing style. The writing flows well, and is beautiful, as well as captivating. The author has serious talent in weaving power into his words, the reader is truly able to resonate with Conor in a way that is bound to stick with minds for a long time.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

The pain Mim feels is obvious, without being a real center part of the story. Arnold hints at it, and it is written in a way that I was able to resonate with. His writing styl e is quite contemporary, and Mim sounded to me like an actual teen. I can’t say that often.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

The writing of Tamara Ireland Stone is honest, raw, and real. Sam is a writer (hello, relatable), and had a strong voice that really sticks with me to this day.

Fans of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

Kate’s FANS is not only diverse, but exceptionally written. Mira felt like me, and I can’t say that often. Her characters are lovable, and original, and you won’t want to let them go. This book made me think, and it’s the first really good writing I had read in a while.

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Warga’s writing is impossibly real. There were many times when the writing just struck me in the gut with the empathy it demanded. Warga’s characters, to me, pop off the page with an energy, creativity, and life not seen in the novels of many debuts.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

More Happy Than Not had writing that kept my attention, and was equal parts humorous and heartbreaking. Every word to me held a power that cannot be found anywhere else. More Happy Than Not, for me, was eye-opening, real, authentic, creative, and powerful in ways that I can not even begin to recount.


8 thoughts on “Books With Depression, Pain, and/or Lyrical Writing!

  1. I really like the term neurodiversity. I haven’t heard that one before. My brother has autism and he’s always trying to find a word for books with characters more like himself. I think this could be it.

    Diversity is definitely something all we readers should be aiming for 🙂


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