9 Books with Depression Representation

9 Books Monday is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess, where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences including the experiences of people of the LGBTQIA community, Native people, people of color, people with physical and cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

In the past, I have done posts about 9 book with: 

This time I talking about 9 books with Depression Representation and before getting into them, I want to put a trigger warning because most of these books deal with suicide, so be careful if that’s something that triggers you.

5 BOOKS I READ AND LOVED

Darius the Great is not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius is a biracial, gay boy, who has depression, and this is a story that centers around family, tradition and mental health. This book does something very special because Darius’ father also has depression and this depicts the way depression affects their relationship and it shows them as they realise that they need to be more open and honest with each other. This also shows the way cultural beliefs can affect the way mental illness is view and understood.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

This book starts with the death of the main character’s mother, who commits suicide after years of struggling with depression. This book talks about the stigma surrounding depression and how it makes it hard to discuss it with family and friends; it also shows the feelings and thought process of the loved ones of someone who has depression; it portraits how hard depression is and how there’s no easy fix and how suicide affects the loved ones that are left behind.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

This book portraits depression through the stories of two girls – one of them a Latinx girl- that experience this mental illness in very different ways. One is loud and angry and the other tries to pretend everything is okay and hides her problems from everyone. This book does a wonderful job of showing contrasting experiences with depression and it also shows that different kinds of relationships can help you go through periods where you are struggling with mental health, but only because they bring company and support, never as a cure.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

This book is a memoir that focuses on living with depression, on how that looks like in the day to day basis, it includes the good and bad that comes with it, and it handles those topics in a brilliant way. This book manages to be humorous while still being touching and powerful. Jenny Lawson does an incredible job finding the words necessary to explain certain feelings and experiences, the way she translates her experience with depression into words is magnificent.

In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

This memoir covers a lot of different events from Diane Gurrero’s life going from her parents deportation when she was a child to her being casted in Orange is the New Black. One of the things this book touches on is her struggle with depression and anxiety, and while it’s small part of the book, Guerrero is so honest and raw about it that it makes it a very powerful and touching account of living with mental illness.

3 BOOKS ON MY TBR

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This is Matt Haig’s memoir about his struggle with depression and it’s full of in-depth descriptions of his dark thoughts and feelings, which is why most people say that this needs to be read when a person is in a good place mentally. This book is a collection of experiences, thoughts, practical tips and affirmations on one man’s experience with mental illness

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

This book focuses on the recovery from a suicide attemp instead of the events leading up to it . It’s a books about living when life doesn’t seem worth it. This takes place in a hospital’s mental ward, so it includes characters with different mental illness and it’s inspired by the author’s own experience with depression.

Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad

This is a romance book where the main characters meet when one of them is about to commit suicide and the other stops them. This book looks at the harsh reality of mental health struggles and the repercussions of denying people the help and support that they need.

1 BOOK RELEASING SOON

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

This is a YA retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice set in the Bronx. Eury is a girl who lost everything in Hurricane Maria and is haunted by the trauma—and by an evil spirit. This book deals with anxiety, ptsd and depression.

What books with depression rep have you read and loved? Which ones are on your tbr?

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9 Books with Autism Representation

9 books with autism representation

9 Books Monday is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess, where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences including the experiences of people of the LGBTQIA community, Native people, people of color, people with physical and cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

In the past, I have done posts about 9 book with: Bisexual female mcLatinx mcBlack mcMuslim mc, Lesbian mcAsian mc, Trans mc, and Anxiety rep. (mc=main characters).

This time I’m doing 9 books with Autism Representation:

3 Books I Read and Loved

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The autistic rep in this is #ownvoices and it’s insightful and touching. Stella is succeseful and caring, she fixates on routines and obsesses over things and sometimes misses some social cues and she is wonderful and I loved getting to read from her perspective. The love interest is a soft boy which is rare in romance, he is a biracial Vietnamese/Swedish man and the Vietnamese rep is #ownvoices as well. Also, there’s some really steamy scenes in this.

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This book is really geeky and it has so much diversity.  One of the main characters, Taylor, is on the autism spectrum and has severe anxiety, and the other, Charlie, is a bisexual Chinese-Australian girl. There’s a lovely romantic relationship between Taylor and one of her best friends, and they are just the nerdiest, sweetest pair ever.  I really liked that this didn’t focus only in the hard parts of being Autistic, but also showed the good parts, because I feel that as much as the hard parts needs to be shown, we also need fluffy books about Aspie girls.

Are You Seeing Me

Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth 

This story is about Australian twins. Perry is Autistic and Justine is his main caregiver, this is told in dual perspective so we get to hear from both Perry and Justine and they are both wonderful and they just love each other so much and I just wanted to cry over it. The author actually has twins, a son and a daughter just like in the story, and his son is Autistic and he wrote the book for them, which is really sweet. I really liked the fact that this felt pretty realistic the entire time, it was happy and sad at the same time and I think it handled that balance very well. (#ownvoices review)

4 Books on My TBR 

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On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis 

This book has #ownvoices Autism rep, the main character is biracial black autistic girl and her sister is trans bisexual Black girl. Also, it’s a Sci-Fi/Dystopia book, which I think it’s amazing since I haven’t heard of that many SFF books that have Autistic main characters.

 

Things I Should Have Known

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

This focuses on siblings relationships, which I love, and it’s one of the main reasons I want to read this. There are two sisters, one of them is an Austitic girl and the other is basically her main caretaker, and then there’s two brothers, one of them also has ASD and the other is the main person caring for him. I have heard that this book shows a lot of positive sides of Autism, but it also has a very realistic depiction of ableism that can be hard to handle. (#ownvoices review)

Marcelo in the Real World

 

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork 

The main character in a Latinx autistic boy and the Latinx rep is #ownvoices. He has gone to a school for disabled kids his whole life and suddenly he has to adjust to working at his dad’s law firm for the summer; I have heard this does a good job showing both the challenges he faces and his strengths in terms of the jobs he’s asked to do. (#ownvoices review)

 

When My Heart Joins the Thousand

When My Heart Joins the Thoysand by A.J. Steiger 

The main character of this story is an Autistic girl and her love interest suffer from a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, which basically means that his bones break easily, and also he has PTSD caused by familial abuse.  I’m really excited to read this because I have heard that it’s very sex positive and discusses consent and toxic masculinity in relation to sex and I just think that’s amazing and that more YA books need to included those topics! (#ownvoices review)

2 Books Releasing Soon 

The Bride Test

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 

After loving The Kiss Quotient, I’m can’t wait to read this one! This is about Khai, an Autistic Vietnamese-American man and Esme, a mixed race Vietnamise woman. Esme comes from Vietnam to meet Khai, who is a potential husband and who thinks that he can’t feel big, important emotions and then they meet and a relationship develops between them. Release date: May 7th 2019

 

The Boy Who Steals Houses

The Boy Who Steals Hpuses by C.G. Drews 

This book has #ownvoices Autism rep! Acording to the author there’s a hufflepuff autistic boy in this book and his brother (who’s the main character) is his main caregiver and there’s also anxiety rep and a big loud messy family and a feminist love interest who takes no nonsense and will smite you. So this sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it! Release date: April 4th 2019

 

What books with Autism rep have you read and loved? Which ones are on your tbr? Do you know of any fantasy or Sci-Fi books with Autism rep? 

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