Tuesday, November 19, 2013

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Opens

On this day in 1975, the movie version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest debuted. To mark it, today we're looking at books that deal with being in an institution or rehab facility.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. When McMurphy is admitted, the mental ward will never be the same, but Nurse Ratchett runs a tight ship-- one that won't tolerate McMurphy's rebellion.

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. Justin and Emmy both have severe issues-- severe enough to land them at Heartland--a place that cares. There they, with the rest of their therapy group, try to come to terms with their problems.

Cracked by KM Walton. Victor is sick of being bullied by Bull, so he takes a bottle of his mother's sleeping pills. Bull is sick of his drunk grandfather beating him, so Bull pulls a loaded gun. They end up as roommates in the psych ward, forcing them to face their problems.


Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga. Kyra's going home after six months on the Maryland Mental Health Unit. But life hasn't stood still while she's been away, and stepping back into her old life may be impossible. This is the sequel to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Zach's in the hospital being treated for PTSD and alcohol-rehab, but he also has amnesia-- he has no idea how he ended up there.

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern. Anna's depression has gotten to the point where her parents check her into a hospital. There she meets other teens who are suffering with mental illness (some are even cute.) Can she get better and fall in love at the same time? Check out the sequel about life when she comes home, Have a Nice Day.


Recovery Road by Blake Nelson. Madeleine is in rehab for alcohol and rage. As she gets better, she's allowed to the movies on Tuesdays, where she meets Stewart, who is in another rehab facility nearby. When she gets out, she has to try to fit back in her old life without slipping into her old habits. She has Stewart to look forward to, but can a love forged in rehab survive in the outside world?

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. When he enrolls at Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, he quickly finds himself in over his head. When the anxiety gets to be too much, he tries to kill himself. When he's in the mental hospital, he finds the space and time to figure out where his depression and anxiety come from.

Black Box by Jill Schumacher. When Dora's hospitalized for depression, her younger sister Elena is saddened by how no one at school acknowledges the absence. When Dora returns, Elena tries her best to care for her sister and hold the family together.

What books would you add?

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