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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda starts her freshman year of high school friendless after calling the cops and busting a party over the summer. What really happened at the party? Melinda was raped by an upperclassman. As the school year continues she slowly stops speaking and the only class she really tries in is art, which may begin to help her work towards healing.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
A novel in verse about two girls and their competition to be skinniest and deadly descent into eating disorders.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Chronicled by Charlie, a quiet 15 year old introvert who is befriended by two charismatic seniors, Patrick and Sam.
My Second Life by Faye Bird
Ever wonder about living more than one life? Ana knows this is her second life and still has memories of her previous life as Emma, who’s family she still misses. However, after a chance encounter with someone from her first life darker memories of Emma are brought to light.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
After Cody’s best friend Meg commits suicide, Cody goes on a journey to learn what drove her friend there.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Pudge (Miles) heads off to boarding school, looking for new adventures, and there is drawn to older classmate Alaska. When a tragedy hits Pudge goes looking for answers to try and learn what was real.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
Glory O’Brien is graduating high school with no clue what her future holds. When an accident occurs she starts having visions of a dystopian future. These future visions though, just might help her get some direction in her present.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Audrey has been working with a psychologist to deal with her anxiety disorder, but it’s her brother’s teammate, Linus who really starts to get her to open up and connect like she hasn’t been able to before.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
A story of twins, Jude and Noah, told from each of their perspectives at two different times in their lives. We start with Noah at 13, feeling like an outcast, while Jude is always off with her entourage of older friends, he is desperate to escape into a specialized art school for high school. We then jump to three years later and get Jude’s story; Noah and Jude barely talk, Jude is enrolled at art school, while Noah has become a high school jock and their mother has died. As the time shifts back and forth the reader starts to learn what lead Jude and Noah to where they are.
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
The beginning of a new semester and the principal has just welcomed the students back in an all school assembly, but then the students can’t leave the auditorium and someone starts shooting. A novel that takes place in 54 minutes from 4 different perspectives.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Finch has regularly planned how he wants to die, while Violet is counting down until she can escape her town and the shadow of her sister’s death. When they meet at the top of a bell tower they decide to discover the “natural wonders” of their state together.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Leonard has decided he is going to kill himself, but before he does he needs to pass on something to each of those that mattered to him, and kill his best friend. As the day wears on though his determination may be wavering and maybe someone on his list can help him to see a better future.
A World Without You by Beth Revis
Bo is thinks he can travel through time. When his parents send him to a school for troubled youth he’s pretty sure it’s actually a special school for those with super powers. At school he meets Sofia (whose super power is invisibility) and they two grow close, but when Sofia commits suicide Bo is convinced he just left her in time somewhere and it is his job to find Sofia, and save her.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
After a failed suicide attempt Elise struggles to figure out who she is and where she fits in, discovering the art of DJing in the process.
The Memory of Light by Francisco Stork
Vicky wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital for Mental Disorders after a failed suicide attempt. Here she discovers a group that helps her work through the issues that lead her there, but things are different when she gets back out into the world she tried to leave and she will have to try and find the strength and courage to keep going.
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Delia is dead. People say she burned herself. Her best friend June though is convinced she was murdered and is determined to learn the truth, which is more complicated than she anticipates.
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
Liz Emerson seems to have it all, but then she steers her car (a Mercedes) into a tree. Told in non linear flashbacks the reader begins to see how Liz got to the point where she no longer wanted to live.
eBooks and eAudiobooks (exclusively)
Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Not After Everything by Michelle Levy
When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez
Death, Dickinson, and the demented life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez
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