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Bibliotherapy: angry teen

Bibliotherapy for Teens: Recommended Books

What is Bibliotherapy? It’s using books as a way of coping. In reading about others who are facing various issues, you can gain insight and understanding into your own challenges as well as into the challenges that your peers may be facing. Bibliotherapy can be helpful in understanding depression, substance abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, the death of a loved one, and many other issues.

Listed below are some books in our teen collection that might be of interest.


Anderson, Laurie Halse


Chaltas, Thalia

Because I am Furniture.

Flinn, Alex

Breathing Underwater

Anxiety/Mental Illness

Halpern, Julie

Have a Nice Day

Hautman, Pete


Viccini, Ned

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Body Image

Clayton, Colleen

What Happens Next

Crutcher, Chris

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Friend, Natasha



Graham, Gardener

Inventing Elliot

Maciel, Amanda


Mathieu, Jennifer

The Truth About Alice


Christopher, Lucy

The Killing Woods

Hubbard, Jenny

And We Stay

Nelson, Jandy

I'll Give You the Sun


Marchetta, Melina

Saving Francesca

Schumacher, Julie

Black Box

Wittlinger, Ellen

Blind Faith


Burcaw, Shane

Laughing at My Nightmare

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

Sundquist, Josh

We Should Hang Out Sometime


Cohen, Rachel


Reinhardt, Dana

How to Build a House

Scott, Elizabeth



Burgess, Melvin

The Hit

Hopkins, Ellen


Koertge, Ronald

Stoner & Spaz


Green, John

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Johnson, Maureen

Bermudez Triangle

Levithan, David

Boy Meets Boy

Peer Pressure

Cormier, Robert

Chocolate War

Giles, Gail

Playing in Traffic

Flinn, Alex

Breaking Point

Self Esteem

Barson, K.A.

45 Pounds (more or less)


This Book Loves You

Rawl, Paige

Positive: A Memoir

About the Author Mark Irish

Julanne Wicks says June 17, 2016

Oh, some of these books are fantastic (others I haven’t read and therefore can’t have an opinion on)! Boy Meets Boy and It’s Kind of a Funny Story are two of my favorites. I might also recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky(spelling?) under Abuse or Disabilities. That’s another fantastic book.

Michelle Turner says June 29, 2016

I read The Truth About Alice last year and really enjoyed it and Of Mice and Men was one of my favorites in high school. Although this is the first time I have heard the term “Bibliotherapy”, I do recall my middle school teachers recommending books to us that dealt with such issues as alcoholism, abuse and self-image.

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