Novels about Self-Injury

A Listmania! list by Emily W. (Oakland, CA)
The list author says: "I have both a personal and academic interest in self-injury, but because I'm dyslexic and read very slowly, and have a short attention span, I can't usually make it through books that don't have a gripping story to hold my interest. Consequently, I've spent a considerable amount of time looking for novels about self-injury, particularly those at a "young adult" or lower reading level. This is a list of the books I've found that fit this description."
Red Tears
1.  Red Tears by Joanna Kenrick
The list author says:
  "At the time I purchased this book, it wasn't published in the US, and I had to order it from Amazon UK, but it was definitely worth the international shipping.  This is one of my favorite books about self-injury.  I found the protagonist easy to relate to (even when her experiences where nothing like my own), and at no time felt the portrayal of self-injury was inaccurate or unfairly negative."
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Cut
2.  Cut by Patricia McCormick
The list author says:
  "I loved this book, although more for the interesting writing perspective (the entirely book is written in the second as though the protagonist is talking to her therapist, but includes what she doesn't say as well as what she does) and the protagonist's refusal to speak (something I can relate to) than its treatment of self-injury."
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The Luckiest Girl in the World : A Young Skater Battles Her Self-Destructive Impulses
3.  The Luckiest Girl in the World : A Young Skater Battles Her Self-Destructive Impulses by Steven Levenkron
The list author says:
  "This book is written by a psychologist who's considered an expert on self-injury.  It addresses dissociation as well as self-harm.  Although the portrayal of self-injury associated with dissociation is accurate and informative, the author seems to have a bit of a messiah complex that is evident in his portrayal of the protagonist's treatment."
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Sharp Objects
4.  Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The list author says:
  "Although the protagonist of this story does self-injure, that's not the focus of the story, and her self-injury is a very unusual case and isn't likely to be helpful in that regard. However, I absolutely loved this book.  It was a challenge for me to read, but it's one of the few books written for adults that has held my attention enough for me to take the many hours necessary to finish it."
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Krazy White Girl
5.  Krazy White Girl by Mary Monroe
The list author says:
  "I liked this book, but wasn't particularly memorable.  I read it just a few months ago, and remember almost nothing about it other than that I enjoyed reading it."
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Kat's Fall
6.  Kat's Fall by Shelley Hrdlitschka
The list author says:
  "This book is unusual in that the protagonist, who self-injures, is male.  It's also easy to read, and has an interesting story and characters."
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The Sky Is Falling: Understanding and Coping with Phobias, Panic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
7.  The Sky Is Falling: Understanding and Coping with Phobias, Panic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders by Raeann Dumont
The list author says:
  "I'm including this book for completeness, but it was absolutely terrible.  It was extremely poorly written (to the extent that it was littered with glaring grammatical errors and incoherent sentences) and the portrayal of self-injury was uninformed and offensive."
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