- CRRL Staff
It depends on what elements of sociology and psychology and what ages/grades you are interested in. However, here are some that you
might find useful for teens of various ages (both Giles and Hautman tend to write psychological fiction for teens). I hope these help--
Invisible by Pete Hautman (mental illness).
Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and
theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
Godless by Pete Hautman (power of persuasion/of the crowd/cults).
When sixteen-year-old Jason Bock and his friends create their own religion to worship the town's water tower, what started out as a joke
begins to take on a power of its own.
Burn Journals by Brent Runyon (memoir/attempted suicide).
Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire. In this book he describes that suicide attempt and his recovery over the bmfollowing year.
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles (power of persuasion/crowd).
When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.
What Happened to Cass McBride (manipulation/verbal abuse).
After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles (grief/imposters).
Fourteen-year-old Sunny is stunned when a total stranger shows up at her house posing as her older sister Jazz, who supposedly died out of town in a fire months earlier.
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (psychological treatment).
The author offers a compelling memoir of her two years as a teenager in a psychiatric hospital, sharing vivid portraits of her fellow patients,their keepers, and her experiences during treatment.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.
The grim story of a mental ward inmate whose rebelliousness pits him against the repressive head nurse, and whose charm wins him the loyalty of his fellow inmates. His fate is inevitable, however, as he is caught in a system that seeks to totally control him.
Wasted: a Memoir of Anorexia and Bulemia by Marya Hornbacher
(the title says it all).