I stopped telling myself that I’m lost.
I’m on a road with no destination, I’m just driving with hope that I’ll find a place that I like and I’ll stay there.
I’m not lost, I’m on my way.
I’m afraid it’s not an area I’m very well-read in, but I enjoyed The Virgin Suicides, Hyperbole and a Half and Thirteen Reasons Why. I also have It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Wintergirls, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on my wishlist. I also have The Silver Linings Playbook, but I’ve not read it yet.
I’d say that the following books aren’t about mental illness, but they have characters who are struggling with mental illness, generally depression: Ultraviolet, Heart-Shaped Bruise, Love, Aubrey, Two Boys Kissing, Just One Day, How I Live Now, Looking for Alaska, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and even Cath from Fangirl to some extent (social anxiety?).
I also feel that I should suggest The Bell Jar, but it wasn’t for me…
Here’s a few resources from other places, that might be more helpful. I really do think it’s an important subject to tackle, especially in young adult literature:
Contemporary YA Books and Mental Illness @ Stacked
Books Dealing with Mental Illness @ Teen Librarian’s Toolbox
Mental Illness @ Goodreads
Fiction Books About Mental Illness for Teens @ Global Post
I’d also appreciate recommendations myself!
Stop chasing after people who left you. Stop romanticizing the people who hurt you. It’s not poetic that you’re broken. You have got to stop glamorizing heartbreak, there is nothing beautiful about it. Begging, needing, loving someone so much that you can’t merely function without them is pathetic. You need to learn to fix yourself. Begging someone to stay will not make them love you. He isn’t going to sweep you off your feet like a Disney movie, he fucking destroyed you. Forget him like he forgot you. He’s not coming back to fix your damaged soul. I’m so sick of you pleading for his return, he destroyed you and didn’t look back. Your dependance on his presence is making me sick. He doesn’t love you so stop pretending he’s coming back because he’s not. He ruined you and you let him don’t you dare forget that. He’s moved on and it’s about damn time you did the same. Learn to love yourself or you will be this damaged, fragile soul forever. He can’t fix you, no one can but yourself. It starts now. Be your own damn hero.Things I need to remind myself (via unpoeticheartbreak)