Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book review: Social Queue

Author: Kay KerrPublisher: Text (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) "Zoe Kelly is starting a new phase of her life. High school was a mess of bullying and autistic masking that left her burnt out and shut down. Now, with an internship at an online media company-the first step on the road to her… Continue reading Book review: Social Queue

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: Not Dead Yet

Author: Hayley Walsh (2022)Genre: Contemporary fiction, uplit Image source Warning: this review contains spoilers. “Recently widowed Mary feels something needs to change, but she is not sure what? She decides to sell her home in Sydney, and move to a retirement village in sunny Queensland. Mary has always enjoyed her own company and struggles with… Continue reading Book Review: Not Dead Yet

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: Amy and Matthew

Author: Cammie McGovernPublisher: Pan Macmillan (2014)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) Image source “Amy is unflinchingly honest about her limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, she can't walk or talk without help. But trapped inside this uncooperative body lies a brilliant mind and a luminous spirit - a girl capable of truly loving and worthy… Continue reading Book Review: Amy and Matthew

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: Forget Me Not

Author: Ellie TerryPublisher: Feiwel and Friends (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image source “Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the… Continue reading Book Review: Forget Me Not

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book review: Midnight in Everwood

Author: M.A. KuzniarPublisher: Harper Collins (October 27, 2021)Genre: Fantasy Image source “Nottingham, 1906Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered. At the wishes of her family, she will be obligated to marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But when a… Continue reading Book review: Midnight in Everwood

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: The Unusual Abduction of Avery Conifer

Content warning: Mentions and description of physical and emotional abuse. Author: Ilsa EvansPublisher: HarperCollins (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction Image source “Beth's daughter Cleo and Shirley's son Daniel used to be married. Now Cleo is in gaol for supposedly contravening a family violence order, and Daniel has full-time care of their four-year-old daughter, Avery. When Shirley suspects… Continue reading Book Review: The Unusual Abduction of Avery Conifer

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: Where You’ll Find Me

Author: Natasha FriendPublisher: St Martin’s Press (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) “The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself… Dumped by her best friend, Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade hanging out with different people. Deserted by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt.… Continue reading Book Review: Where You’ll Find Me

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: The Beauty is in the Walking

Author: James MoloneyPublisher: Harper Collins (2015)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) Content warning: The novel and review contain ableist slurs directed at the main character, for the purpose of highlighting their impact. "Everyone thinks they know what Jacob O'Leary can and can’t do - and they’re not shy about telling him either. But no… Continue reading Book Review: The Beauty is in the Walking

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: Ask Again, Yes

Author: Mary Beth KeanePublisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin, 2019)Genre: Domestic Fiction “Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They … end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and… Continue reading Book Review: Ask Again, Yes