LIFE INSIDE MY MIND

Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get out of bed? Not the occasional morning, but every day? Do you find yourself listening to a voice in your head that says “you’re not good enough,” “not good looking enough,” “not thin enough,” or “not smart enough”? Have you ever found yourself unable to do homework or pay attention in class unless everything is “just so” on your desk? Everyone has had days like that, but what if you have them every day?

You’re not alone. Millions of people are going through similar things. However issues around mental health still tend to be treated as something shrouded in shame or discussed in whispers. It’s easier to have a broken bone–something tangible that can be “fixed”–than to have a mental illness, and easier to have a discussion about sex than it is to have one about mental health.

Life Inside My Mind is an anthology of true-life events from writers of this generation, for this generation. These essays tackle everything from neurodiversity to addiction to OCD to PTSD and much more. The goals of this book range from providing home to those who are feeling alone, awareness to those who are witnessing a friend or family member struggle, and to open the floodgates to conversation.Participating writers include E.K. Anderson, J.L. Armentrout, Cyn Balog, Amber Benson, Francesca Lia Block, Jessica Burkhart, Crissa Chappell, Sarah Fine, Kelly Fiore, Candace Ganger, Meghan Kelley Hall, Cynthia Hand, Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, Tara Kelly, Karen Mahoney, Melissa Marr, Kim McCreight, Hannah Moskowitz, Scott Neumyer, Lauren Oliver, Aprilynne Pike, Tom Pollack, Amy Reed, Cindy L. Rodriguez, Francisco Stork, Wendy Tolliver, Rob Wells, Dan Wells, Rachel Wilson, and Sara Zarr.

  • Age Range: 14+
  • Grade Level: 9 – 12
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 10, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481494643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481494649

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Praise for Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

“These bold, brave essays will educate the uninformed and inspire hope in those who may feel alone in their suffering.” –Publisher’s Weekly. Click here to read the starred review.

“much needed, enlightening book…Despite the intense emotional content, teens will warm to the authenticity apparent in every voice….Perhaps most importantly, the collection’s overarching sentiment points toward acceptance and the idea that treatment is a journey.” –School Library Journal. Click here to read the starred review.