I believe I have been quite open about the fact that I suffer from Anxiety and Depression. In the past year my Anxiety has become progressively worse and being the book nerd I am I have been searching for novels that talk about Anxiety in a real and raw kind of way.
Unfortunately in my search I have not managed to find many books about generalised anxiety. There are loads of books out there that focus on a lot of variations of anxiety (OCD for example) and this is brilliant and I’m not saying that there should be less of those but I would love to see myself reflected in books to help me know I am not completely alone.
Earlier this year I read Under Rose-Tinted Skies by Louise Gornall (Full Review)and this is the closest I’ve come to seeing myself reflected in a book. The thought process of the main character and the habits etc were such a massive comfort to me that it has become a big favourite of mine this year.
When I have been searching for others I have done my usual look at spoiler free reviews and I’m usually disappointed by the fact when I feel I’ve found one the synopsis or a review will show that the boy/girl is saved from the illness by a love interest. This really puts me off picking them up because there is no magic cure, it isn’t like being in a Disney movie where true loves kiss will save you.
The lack of books has actually inspired me to write a book about my own experience over the past year when my anxiety has been kicking my butt! It won’t be a novel but instead it will be a true, real and raw account of my struggle told in various formats (Scenes, poems, anecdotes etc) and I’m hoping this will make others feel as comforted as Under Rose-Tinted Skies did for me.
Even with writing my book and getting it out there it still makes me sad that I can’t see myself in other people’s works. As always I’d love to know your thoughts:
Have you read any great Anxiety novels?
What books do you want to see more of?