Hello, everyone! This week is mental health awareness week run by the Mental Health Foundation. As this is an area I’m really passionate about both personally and as a psychology student, to do my bit I’ve decided to run a blog feature where I and guest bloggers talk about mental health related topics paired with books and/or blogging to help raise awareness. 🙂
So the first thing I want to talk about this week is some of the best fiction books I’ve read featuring mental health so far in my reading journey. There are a lot of novels about mental health out there, but only a few I’ve come across that do it well, without romanticising illness or having characters fall into certain stereotypes. It’s a difficult balance to master, but here’s five that do it well!
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Overall Impression: Packed with heart and soul; an impressive portrayal of mental illness while remaining light and completely hilarious.
I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen this book to read myself, I thought the film looked fantastic but I was quite happy to just wait and watch it. However, my bud over at Escaping Reality with Books kindly bought the book for me as a belated birthday gift, and I’m so glad she did! This was such a fun and fascinating novel keeping me glued to the pages even during my sleep deprivation from the 24 Hour Readathon. Because of this, it could be argued my reactions to this book are not what they would normally be. I don’t make a habit of reading novels all at once, and I’m not sure if this impacted my thoughts for better or worse, but all things considered I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki.
Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out…
I’m not quite sure how to describe this book, but it begins with Pat’s release from ‘the bad place’ as he likes to call it and there is only one thing on his mind, reconciling with his wife Nikki. Pat believes in true love and silver linings. He insists his entire life is like a movie, the beginning up-part was when he met Nikki and he is currently experiencing the low section when he has lost her, but is quite ready for the swelling ending with smiles and rainbows thank you very much. Continue reading