Welcome to this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme (hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish) in which bloggers post their top ten of a bookish topic!
This weeks Top Ten is books that celebrate diversity or diverse characters. My focus is on mental illnesses. Mental illnesses are still not recognized as being a serious condition and clinically depressed people are often told they need to “just get over it”, schizophrenics are confused with psychopaths, and people with seizures must have some kind of mental disability, right?
So, cheers to the authors who take time writing the everyday lives, the good and the bad, the scary and the ordinary, the happy and sad endings, just to get some awareness out there!
I will never not post about this book. The original title translates to “disqualified from being human”. The main character is Yozo and the book starts with him as a child and follows into adulthood. He feels so disconnected from the world around himself that he doesn’t even think of himself as a human and constantly worries if his actions reflect what a “normal” person would do.
2. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
This book follows a girl with schizophrenia that just wants to graduate from high school without any freak-outs, because her peers don’t understand her illness and she just wants to be a normal teenage girl and not the school freak.
3. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
April is the quiet girl, Jonah is the hot new guy who sits next to her his first day of school. The two are inseparable, until Jonah’s schizophrenia takes over. This book not only follows Jonah’s struggle with disease, but it also follows the struggle loved ones go through.
The romance in this book can be a little off-putting, but the overall concept put it on this list. Both main characters are clinically depressed, but completely different. Aysel is what you would think of a “typical” depressed teen, bad home life and an outcast while Roman has many friends and a loving family. Is shows that depression can hit anyone in any dynamic.
5. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
This book not only deals with a depressed mother, but also an anorexic sister and a load of other issues. And it’s by Sarah Dessen, so you know there’s a romance factor as an added bonus.