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The Last True Poets of the Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368048088
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 1st, 2019

I can’t remember the last book I’ve been absolutely glued to like this one. There was a moment where I had to get up and start pacing the room as I was reading because my love for these characters quite literally affected my mind, body, & soul. It’s ultimately a story about survival; one that cuts deep while healing you at the same time. Quite simply, this book is “swoon” incarnate.

Review by Claire

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Juliet the Maniac: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612197593
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Melville House - May 7th, 2019

Who is Juliet? She's any of us who ever felt like they were losing their minds. She's the friend you have that's beautiful and brilliant but can scare you sometimes. She's honest, she's real. She's you and she's me. For those who suffer from mental illness, this book will make you feel less alone. Read this book!

Review by Rosa

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525552963
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

Wow. This book made me feel so many tender and intense emotions. Darius' journey to Iran to meet his dying grandfather becomes a beautiful exploration of friendship, family, depression, and discovery of one's place in a sea of self-doubt. This book will warm your heart, as well as break it, and you'll be so happy it did. 

Review by Ashley

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My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626926035
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Seven Seas - June 6th, 2017

I love everything about My Lesbian Experience. Nagata is extremely open about her struggle with mental illness and unfulfilled need for human connection in a resoundingly familiar way for anyone with any sort of developmental disorders or social anxiety. The traditional manga-style drawings help to further convey her sense of mental infancy that is at odds with her physical body and societal expectations - a feeling that isn't explored much outside of studies on autism. A highly empathetic must-read, especially for anyone interested in "abnormal" human psyche.

Review by Avery