This week, some books about mental health.
All The Bright Places
Goodreads rating: 4.18
Theodore Finch has a different view on life and, more importantly, death. Violet Markey just wants to get out of Indiana and get over the death of her sister. When the two meet, a new sort of friendship blossoms featuring lots of poetry, the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect and wandering. It’s wonderful.
A few of my friends kept begging me to read this book. I finally gave in and I was quite impressed. I’m not particularly fond of young adult fiction so do try to understand my reluctance. However, I was taken by surprise. This is one of those books which stays with you for an insanely long time, nagging at you in the back of your head. The beginning is quite a cliche (aren’t most YA novels?) but, damn, the ending totally makes up for it. It’s available in the library, just waiting to be borrowed.
The Bell Jar
Goodreads rating: 3.99
Esther Greenwood is a talented and beautiful woman who slowly sinks into the pits of depression. That’s really all I can say to be as spoiler-free as possible.
If you think this is some boring book about a woman going through depression, think again. I would highly recommend reading this book particularly if you’re a psychology student. It illustrates the stigma around mental illness and is pretty darn accurate in its portrayal of depression. The Bell Jar is also available to read in the library and it, too, is waiting patiently on a bookshelf to be borrowed.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Goodreads rating: 3.74
What if you weren’t the Chosen One? That’s what The Rest of Us Just Live Here deals with: being “normal.” All Mikey Mitchell wants is to graduate from high school, ask his long-time crush out and keep his friend intact. And that’s essentially what this book deals with.
Oh, and it touches upon anxiety too.
This was a pretty fun read and definitely makes you feel better about being yourself and living your life. I mean, who hasn’t wished they could visit Hogwarts or Middle-Earth? Just me? I seriously doubt it. Anyway, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is incredibly relatable and although I do have several criticisms of it (find me during lunchtime if you’re interested in discussing), it’s a real page-turner.