It’s SUMMER TIME *enter nice gif here because I’m lazy*. I mentioned before
I think that Spring/Summer is when my contemporary phase comes into play… but that might be for everyone, so I’m not special…
But it’s okay! I’m back to recommend/tell you some of my favorite contemporaries with mental health (I heard it was mental health week? I know I’m late… sorry) I’ll try to keep them light, but
a lot some of them did make me cry, so… but they’re still good so PLEASE READ THEM.
When My Heart Joins the Thousand – A.J.Stieger
I think I mention in my review that this is was one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read?? Because it is?? We have Alvie who has Asperger’s and Stanley who has depression/anxiety and a severe disability where he breaks his bones really easily and they love each other so much and don’t want to hurt the other and it made me cry and laugh and cry some more. There is sexual content in this one, but I still say read it as it’s not there for shock value but for character development.
Review: When My Heart Joins The Thousand
Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes
Goodreads: Girl Against the Universe
Another mental health book (should this have been a mental health rec. post)? Anywho, we have a girl dealing with PTSD and OCD, tennis, and a pretty nice love interest and HEALTHY THERAPY REP! I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this one, but I liked it, it’s not a deep or sad book despite the topics handled.
Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman
I cried a lot of angry tears in this one. The main characters mother was horrible. Now, I did see some reviews talking about how the mom wasn’t as 3 – dimensional as I’d liked her to be and while I understand this, I didn’t focus on that. I focused on the main character, because even though the mom was a bit extra, Kiko’s feelings and anxiety were real and hit close to home. She’s a biracial teen (Japanese/white) in an emotionally abusive household. There’s also sexual abuse as well as a tiny bit of romance, but this is such an important read, I encourage it ❤ .
Goodreads: Under Rose Tainted Skies
This one was a book that came at a surprise. I can’t speak for the main characters OCD, self harm and agoraphobia, but I loved how it wasn’t fixed by love (there was a scene in the end that made me smile so much). Granted, some things are very questionable and down right… unrealistic, but I’d chalk this one up as a guilty pleasure read.
I mention this often, but Contemporary clearly isn’t my go to genre? But, there are some gems
as listed above so I hope you like them 😀 .
I need some cute contemporaries… Do you have your favorites? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!