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I'm going to talk to a group of teenagers about depression and I thought it would make it more interesting to read a compelling passage from a YA book to them as part of the presentation; any ideas of books that are well written and handle this topic well? I thought of "It's kind of a funny story" by Ned Vizzini but I'd like to check out some others as well.

Thanks!

#1 - January 02, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Halse Anderson's Wintergirls if a suicidal anorexic is depressed enough.

#2 - January 02, 2013, 08:32 PM
In Real Life, Tuttle Publishing, Fall 2014

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Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
#3 - January 02, 2013, 09:43 PM

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#4 - January 03, 2013, 02:26 AM

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Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
#5 - January 03, 2013, 04:08 AM
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ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, Bloomsbury Spark, Winter 2015

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TRY NOT TO BREATHE by Jennifer Hubbard
TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson
#6 - January 03, 2013, 06:03 AM
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It feels weird recommending my own book, but Falling Out of Place deals with depression and suicide.
#7 - January 03, 2013, 07:05 AM
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SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
#8 - January 03, 2013, 07:14 AM

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Something from Ellen Hopkins. Most should recognize the author and some of her formats are set up to create an image, which could work well if you have a visual aid aspect to your presentation.
#9 - January 03, 2013, 06:53 PM

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Thanks, everyone. . .some I've read, some I haven't. I wonder if I will get depressed if I go on a "depression" reading binge?!

#10 - January 03, 2013, 07:09 PM
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Ann Dee Ellis's EVERYTHIING IS FINE may be more MG than YA based on the MC's age but depections of her mother (near the middle of the book) are haunting ...though in this book it is parental depression (mother) and abandonment (father) rather than MC's depression. Not sure if that will make a difference in  your talk.
#11 - January 04, 2013, 10:23 AM
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You might want to check out some titles by Chris Crutcher. He was a school psychologist (maybe still is) and he writes about difficult subjects for teens. One book that has stuck with me is Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes -- depression/abuse is part of the story.

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#12 - January 04, 2013, 12:06 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
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Bad Apple by Laura Ruby - the sister is clinically depressed.
#13 - January 04, 2013, 12:13 PM
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NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, 2014)
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COME SEE ABOUT ME, C.K. Kelly Martin's "new adult" book has depression.

also her YA, MY TEENAGE BEATING HEART.
#14 - January 04, 2013, 03:28 PM
OPEN COURT, Knopf

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IN THE GARAGE by Alma Fullerton.
#15 - January 05, 2013, 03:07 AM
"Penelope and the Humongous Burp"
"Penelope and the Monsters"
"Penelope and the Preposterous Birthday Party"

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.

#16 - January 28, 2013, 10:15 AM
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If you can stand another recommendation: WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON. (One of the Will Graysons is depressed, as I recall.)
#17 - January 31, 2013, 04:49 PM
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Always happy to receive recommendations on this topic. Thanks!
#18 - January 31, 2013, 07:31 PM
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Before WinterGirls, which I agree is a great suggestion, Laurie Halse Anderson did Speak.  Excellent book.

Good Luck.
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#19 - January 31, 2013, 08:01 PM

What about "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by David Levithan? This book tackles other issues as well, but one of the "Wills" has been depressed for a very long time. I loved this book!
#20 - February 06, 2013, 12:56 PM
HANNAH & THE SPINDLE WHORL  (Ronsdale, 2010)
HANNAH & THE SALISH SEA (Ronsdale, 2013)
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I just remembered about Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Great book. I can't remember is the term "depression" is used, but the MC definitely struggles with her inner demons and memories.
#21 - February 09, 2013, 06:26 AM
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ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, Bloomsbury Spark, Winter 2015

I don't know if you're still looking for suggestions, but I think SAVING FRANCESCA by Melina Marchetta is fantastic! It's about a teen girl dealing with her mother's depression and I think it was handled so wonderfully. It's a favorite of mine! :)
#22 - March 16, 2013, 06:06 PM

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