Response to Show Us Your Literary Tattoos:
This whole post makes me incredibly happy because as an educator it can sometimes be a struggle to find literature that relates to students and their real lives outside of my classroom. There is still that stigma of weakness in middle school when it comes to mental illness because so many of the students simply don’t understand it yet and it can be tough to turn that thinking.
The book Perks of Being a Wallflower immediately comes to mind when it comes to YA fiction dealing with mental illness. Charlie is one of the most amazing characters I have ever read and when he struggled, I struggled, when he triumphed, I triumphed with him. Stephen Chbosky does a remarkable job in illustrating Charlie’s struggles, but he also showed how “normal” Charlie could be as well, perfectly demonstrating the inner struggle that so many people with mental illness go through.