Mentally Ill Characters

A Listmania! list by Dia Reeves
The list author says: "My own novel's main character has bipolar disorder, so I wanted to put a list together of novels with mentally ill characters. These are mostly YA (young adult) with some adult titles thrown in to spice things up. ;)"
The Catcher in the Rye
1.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "The novel starts with the main character in an institution, though I never understood what his problem was, other than that he couldn't get laid."
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
2.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The list author says:
  "This book I think is what Catcher in the Rye wanted to be but isn't. Think of it as Catcher in the Rye for the 21st century. And the boy is very obviously insane. ;)"
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Shutter Island
3.  Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "This one's adult, and it takes place in an insane asylum. How can you resist a murder mystery in an insane asylum?"
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Right Behind You
4.  Right Behind You by Gail Giles
The list author says:
  "Never read this one, but I heard it was good. Something about a kid who gets sent away for setting another kid on fire."
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When She Was Bad: A Thriller
5.  When She Was Bad: A Thriller by Jonathan Nasaw
The list author says:
  "This one is definitely adult. Very graphic. But I can't resist stories about people with split personalities."
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Cut
6.  Cut by Patricia McCormick
The list author says:
  "Haven't read it, but I heard it was intense. Plus the girl has to go to an institution, which is always fun to read about. I mean, you know, if you're into that sorta thing."
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the bell jar
7.  the bell jar by Sylvia Plath
The list author says:
  "This book is like a female version of Catcher in the Rye. Good, but kinda creepy since Sylvia based it on her own life and, well, we all know what happened to Sylvia."
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Tales of the Madman Underground
8.  Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
The list author says:
  "Haven't read it yet, but I'm DYING to. Story about crazy kids in the 70s hanging out and trying to stay sane."
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Lisa, Bright and Dark: A Novel
9.  Lisa, Bright and Dark: A Novel by John Neufeld
The list author says:
  "This is a classic, like I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, that I've heard of but never read."
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Kissing Doorknobs (Laurel-Leaf Books)
10.  Kissing Doorknobs (Laurel-Leaf Books) by Terry Spencer Hesser
The list author says:
  "I picked this one up because of the great title. Turned out to be a pretty good read. About a girl with OCD."
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Break
11.  Break by Hannah Moskowitz
The list author says:
  "About a crazy boy who thinks that if he breaks every bone in his body, he will become invincible."
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Bleeding Violet
12.  Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
The list author says:
  "This is the one I wrote. Unlike the other books on this list, this one is paranormal. You know, monsters and stuff. ;p But the main character is bipolar."
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Catcher in the Rye should be banned... 90 Oct 14, 2014
bell jar availability on Kindle 3 Aug 25, 2014
why are these novels banned? 11 Jun 26, 2014
this book sucks 52 Mar 29, 2014
Will this Book Ever Be on Kindle? 9 Apr 16, 2013
Something very similar to Catcher 4 Mar 16, 2012
The Bell Jar and The Sunset Strip Diaries 0 Mar 30, 2011
Which one was he really? Spoiler alert 167 Mar 5, 2011
BANNED IN THE USA - Who owns Holden Caulfield? 1 Jan 9, 2011
Welcome to the The Bell Jar forum 1 Nov 19, 2010
Kindle Price way too high ... 0 Sep 12, 2010
Questions (spoilers) 15 Jul 25, 2010
 
   

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