Hello Bookends, it’s wendnesday so you know what that means! Another Top 5. This is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainey and you can find out all the information on the goodreads page. This week we are talking about our Top 5 Books incorporating Mental Illness. This is a really great topic, I really love reading books involving this subject. I find it interesting and I like to learn more about the subject. If you click on the title of the book it will take you to it’s goodread page. Without any more delay here is my list.
5. Wintergirls by Laurie Anderson
This book revolves around a girl dealing with anorexia, after her friend, who struggled with bulimia, died. I like this novel because I felt like it showed what it is like to struggle with these eating disorders. It also deals with what it is like to have your friend “haunt” you all the time.
4.Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The only way to explain the mental illness in this book is to spoil a major detail, therefore, *SPOILER ALERT*. This book revolves around a husband, and his missing wife, Amy. The major twist is that Amy has serious mental problems. Any time someone did something she didn’t approve of she ruined that person’s life. In her husband’s, Nick, case he cheated on her. So she framed him for her murder. This was such a fantastic idea! This is the first novel I have read with this kind of subject and I just loved it.
3. The Stone Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
This is another book focused around anorexia. I loved this novel, it was amazing from the start. In this book we are in the mind of Sethie, who knows she is heading towards the right weight when she can feel her bones against her seat. Sheinmel did an wonderful job at showing me what someone with anorexia thinks and believes. Something that hit me in the novel is a description towards the end of the book. Sethie goes out to eat with her mother, while there she tells us that she can’t contain herself and she gorges on as much food as she can get her hands on. She sees her mothers face and links it with the amount she is eating. Later her mother tells her that she barley at any food at all, in fact she was picking at the crumbs instead of the actual food.
2. Buried by Robin MacCready
This novel deals with the addiction to alcohol, how it affects others, and other illness’ that I don’t know the technical name of. Our protagonist, Claudine, is not an alcoholic herself, her mother is. And in the story Claudine’s mother goes missing, probably left town with her boyfriend as she sometimes does. But Claudine doesn’t want everyone to know that, so she tells them that her mother finally went to rehab, she’s finally getting help. The problem is that Claudine wants this to happen so bad that she starts to believe her own lie. The other illness in this story is a *SPOILER*. At the end of the novel we find out where Claudine’s mother really was. We find out that Claudine came home and found her dead, after hitting her head. She panics, hides the body, and cleans everything up. Not wanting to lose her mother she forced herself to forget all of that, so the next morning she woke up and remembered nothing. I thought that this an amazing subject and that the book was written very well.
1. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
This novel talks about suicide and depression. Leonard Peacock hates his ex-best friend and he is going to kill him and them shoot himself. The thing I love most about this novel is that it depicts true depression in a great way. Leonard doesn’t want attention, he didn’t overreact to something little, he has a understandable excuse as to why he hates his best friend so much, and why he needs to kill him. This book also has a lot of emotional things in it, I mean I was crying at the airport while waiting for a flight. This was just well written and shines a light on this downplayed subject.
Thanks so much for reading my list for the Top 5 Mental Illness Books. I love these types of novels because I learn so much so if you know of any good ones please tell me in the comments. As always friend me on goodreads to see what I’m reading daily.