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Bibliotherapy for Teens: Recommended Books

Bibliotherapy: angry teen

What is Bibliotherapy? It’s using books as a way of coping. In reading about others who are facing various issues, you can gain insight and understanding into your own challenges as well as into the challenges that your peers may be facing. Bibliotherapy can be helpful in understanding depression, substance abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, the death of a loved one, and many other issues.

Listed below are some books in our teen collection that might be of interest.

Abuse

Anderson, Laurie Halse

Speak.

Chaltas, Thalia

Because I am Furniture.

Flinn, Alex

Breathing Underwater

Anxiety/Mental Illness

Halpern, Julie

Have a Nice Day

Hautman, Pete

Invisible

Viccini, Ned

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Body Image

Clayton, Colleen

What Happens Next

Crutcher, Chris

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Friend, Natasha

Perfect

Bullying

Graham, Gardener

Inventing Elliot

Maciel, Amanda

Tease

Mathieu, Jennifer

The Truth About Alice

Death

Christopher, Lucy

The Killing Woods

Hubbard, Jenny

And We Stay

Nelson, Jandy

I'll Give You the Sun

Depression

Marchetta, Melina

Saving Francesca

Schumacher, Julie

Black Box

Wittlinger, Ellen

Blind Faith

Disabilities

Burcaw, Shane

Laughing at My Nightmare

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

Sundquist, Josh

We Should Hang Out Sometime

Divorce

Cohen, Rachel

Gingerbread

Reinhardt, Dana

How to Build a House

Scott, Elizabeth

Bloom

Drugs

Burgess, Melvin

The Hit

Hopkins, Ellen

Crank

Koertge, Ronald

Stoner & Spaz

GLBTQ

Green, John

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Johnson, Maureen

Bermudez Triangle

Levithan, David

Boy Meets Boy

Peer Pressure

Cormier, Robert

Chocolate War

Giles, Gail

Playing in Traffic

Flinn, Alex

Breaking Point

Self Esteem

Barson, K.A.

45 Pounds (more or less)

PewDiePie

This Book Loves You

Rawl, Paige

Positive: A Memoir

Mark Irish

Mark Irish

Mark Irish is the Library’s Teen Librarian. He became a librarian in 2000. His educational background is in the Social Sciences. He loves reading teen and adult literature in which the characters show great resilience. He also enjoys listening to country music. Mark volunteers with JDRF to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to mentor teens that are affected by it. He is an avid mountain biker and also enjoys kayaking and the great outdoors. Click here to subscribe to Mark Irish's blog posts!

Julanne Wicks - June 17, 2016

Oh, some of these books are fantastic (others I haven’t read and therefore can’t have an opinion on)! Boy Meets Boy and It’s Kind of a Funny Story are two of my favorites. I might also recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky(spelling?) under Abuse or Disabilities. That’s another fantastic book.

Michelle Turner - June 29, 2016

I read The Truth About Alice last year and really enjoyed it and Of Mice and Men was one of my favorites in high school. Although this is the first time I have heard the term “Bibliotherapy”, I do recall my middle school teachers recommending books to us that dealt with such issues as alcoholism, abuse and self-image.

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