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Ask Me How I Got Here
Christine Heppermann


Addie has always been running--until she gets pregnant and makes a choice.

Pregnancy


Butter
Erin Jade Lange


Unable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death.

Body Image and Eating Disorders


Chill: stress-reducing techniques for a more balanced, peaceful you
Deborah Reber

Call Number: 155.518 R291 2015


Chill explains what happens to your body and mind when you're stressed; shows you how to de-stress through avariety of techniques including time management, visualization, exercise, and creative outlets; offers organizational tips to make every part of your life run more smoothly; helps you deal with some of the side effects of stress; and much more.

Mental Illness


Conquering Negative Body Image
Viola Jones, Edward Willett

Call Number: 616.8526 J79 2016


What do you see when you look in the mirror? -- What contributes to a negative body image? -- The dangers of having a negative body image -- Learning to accept your body -- Change the conversation.

Body Image and Eating Disorders


Crank
Ellen Hopkins


Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Drug Addiction


Darkness Before the Dawn
Sharon M. Draper


Recovering from the recent suicide of her ex-boyfriend, senior class president Keisha Montgomery finds herself attracted to a dangerous, older man.

Sexual Assault


Dear Bully: seventy authors tell their stories
Call Number: 302.3 D285


70 different authors tell their stories of being bullied and how it has affected thier lives. 

Bullying


Everybody Sees the Ants: a novel
A.S. King


Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Bullying


Exit, Pursued By a Bear
E.K. Johnston


At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.

Sexual Assault


The Fall
James Preller


In writing in his journal about middle school classmate Morgan Mallen's suicide from bullying, Sam explores whether he was a friend, or one of the bullies who ignored her at school and tormented her online.

Suicide


Forged by Fire
Sharon M. Draper


Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.

Suicide


Four Weeks, Five People
Jennifer Yu


Obsessive-compulsive Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her if she's okay. Andrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous. Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality. Gorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyone is an idiot. And Stella just doesn't want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy. 

Mental Illness


Freaking out : real-life stories about anxiety
Call Number: 158.10835 F849 2013


Presents thirteen true accounts of teenagers with varying levels of anxiety disorders, exploring how they addressed their anxiety and dealt with such issues as peer pressure, perfectionism, grief, and self-mutilation.

Mental Illness


Girl in Pieces
Kathleen Glasgow


As she struggles to recover and survive, seventeen-year-old homeless Charlotte "Charlie" Davis cuts herself to dull the pain of abandonment and abuse.

Cutting and Self Harm


Gutless
Carl Deuker


Wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies from physical contact. When his issues get him cut from varsity, he also loses his friendship with star quarterback Hunter Gates. 

Bullying


Hello Cruel World: 101 alternatives to suicide for teens, freaks, and other outlaws
Kate Bornstein

Call Number: 616.858445 B736 2006


Transgender author Kate Bornstein provides guidance for suicidal teenagers, relating personal emotional struggles; discussing bullies, identity, and freedom; and describing 101 activities teens can use to cope and keep themselves alive.

Suicide


It's Kind of a Funny Story
Ned Vizzini


A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

Mental Illness


Jasmine
Maggie Wells


Jasmine is a 19-year-old college freshman--and a professional dancer in Las Vegas. After an unfortunate incident at a cast party, she finds herself pregnant. She tries to keep and support the baby on her own, but finds it to be much more than she bargained for. After a fateful decision, she is forced to acknowledge that she can't take care of her daughter and gives her up for adoption. She then returns home to New Jersey defeated and broken. But when she finds herself back on her feet and self-sufficient, she is determined to get her daughter back and make things right for good.

Pregnancy


A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me : a memoir / by Jason Schmidt
Jason Schmidt


Jason Schmidt wasn't surprised when he came home one day during his junior year of high school and found his father, Mark, crawling around in a giant pool of blood. Things like that had been happening a lot since Mark had been diagnosed with HIV, three years earlier. Jason's life with Mark was full of secrets--about drugs, crime, and sex. If the straights--people with normal lives--ever found out any of those secrets, the police would come. Jason's home would be torn apart. So the rule, since Jason had been in preschool, was never to tell the straights anything. A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me is a funny, disturbing memoir full of brutal insights and unexpected wit that explores the question: How do you find your moral center in a world that doesn't seem to have one?

Drug Addiction


The Memory of Light
Francisco X. Stork


When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.

Suicide


My girlfriend's pregnant! : a teen's guide to becoming a dad
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

Call Number: 306.8742 S528 2015


For male teens confronted with an unplanned pregnancy and faced with a future filled with fear, doubt, and guilt, My Girlfriend's Pregnant! provides much-needed information and support as they are suddenly thrust into the role of father. 

Pregnancy


Not Otherwise Specified
Hannah Moskowitz


Auditioning for a New York City performing arts high school could help Etta escape from her Nebraska all-girl school, where she is not gay enough for her former friends, not sick enough for her eating disorders group, and notthin enough for ballet, but it may also mean real friendships.

Body Image and Eating Disorders


Paperweight
Meg Haston


Enduring regimented and intrusive treatment at an eating-disorder center, seventeen-year-old Stevie is haunted by guilt for her brother's fatal accident and secretly plans to commit suicide on the anniversary of his death.

Body Image and Eating Disorders


Pregnancy and parenting : the ultimate teen guide
Jessica Akin

Call Number: 362.78743 A315 2016


This book is for teen mothers and fathers who want to break the perception of unplanned teen pregnancies that having a baby as a teen pretty much translates to being uneducated, on welfare, or from a teen father perspective, not involved in the lives of moms and babies. Stories from teen moms and dads are shared in every chapter as a way for teen parents to learn from their peers. From finding out they were pregnant and being a pregnant high-schooler to handling lost friends, going to college, and trying to be great parents, this book seeks to provide a new roadmap through true-life stories that educate, impact, and inspire teen parents.

Pregnancy


Scars
Cheryl Rainfield


Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser's identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself.

Cutting and Self Harm


The Survival Guide to Bullying : written by a teen
Aija Mayrock

Call Number: 302.343 M474 2015


Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this kid-friendly book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days. The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring "roems" (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how totalk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.

Bullying


Teach Me to Forget
Erica M. Chapman


After a failed suicide attempt, Ellery tries to return the gun she bought to the store and runs into Colter Sawyer, a boy from her school, who does everything he can to prevent her from trying to take her life again.

Cutting and Self Harm


Thicker Than Water
Kelly Fiore


Arrested for dealing drugs and playing a part in her brother's death, CeCe reflects on the injury that led to her brother's drug addiction and her fateful decision to steal and sell his drugs to protect him and save money.

Drug Addiction


The Way I Used To Be
Amber Smith


After fourteen-year-old Eden is raped by her brother's best friend, she knows she'll never be the way she used to be.


Wrecked
Maria Padian


Haley saw Jenny return from the party, shell-shocked. Richard heard Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard are pushed to opposite sides of the school&#x;s investigation. Now conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible--especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict. Wrecked offers a kaleidoscopic account of a sexual assault on a college campus. It will leave you thinking about how memory, identity, and who sits in judgment shape what we all decide to believe about the truth.

Sexual Assault


Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Meg Medina


One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she's never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?

Bullying

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