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Anthology edited by Jessica Burkhart.

Life Inside My Mind is an anthology of true-life events from writers of this generation, for this generation. These essays tackle everything from neurodiversity to addiction to OCD to PTSD and much more. The goals of this book range from providing home to those who are feeling alone, awareness to those who are witnessing a friend or family member struggle, and to open the floodgates to conversation.

Participating writers include E.K. Anderson, J.L. Armentrout, Cyn Balog, Amber Benson, Francesca Lia Block, Jessica Burkhart, Crissa-Jean Chappell, Sarah Fine, Kelly Fiore, Candace Ganger, Meghan Kelley Hall, Cynthia Hand, Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, Tara Kelly, Karen Mahoney, Melissa Marr, Kim McCreight, Hannah Moskowitz, Scott Neumyer, Lauren Oliver, Aprilynne Pike, Tom Pollack, Amy Reed, Cindy Rodriquez, Francisco Stork, Wendy Tolliver, Rob Wells, Dan Wells, Rachel Wilson, and Sara Zarr.


“These bold, brave essays will educate the uninformed and inspire hope in those who may feel alone in their suffering.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred  ★


“Who better to raise teens’ awareness of mental illness and health than the YA authors they admire? Their compelling stories will start important discussions and assure readers they’re never alone...”

—Booklist, starred  ★


“Ranging from humorous to heartbreaking to hopeful, each story has a uniquely individual approach to the set of circumstances that the writer is dealing with…teens will warm to the authenticity apparent in every voice.”

—School Library Journal, starred  ★

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles
By Maureen Johnson, Robison Wells, Lauren Oliver, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Amy Reed, Aprilynne Pike, Rachel M. Wilson, Dan Wells, Amber Benson, E. Kristin Anderson, Sarah Fine, Kelly Fiore-Stultz, Ellen Hopkins, Scott Neumyer, Crissa-Jean Chappell, Francesca Lia Block, Tara Kelly, Kimberly McCreight, Megan Kelley Hall, Hannah Moskowitz, Karen Mahoney, Tom Pollock, Cyn Balog, Melissa Marr, Wendy Toliver, Cindy L. Rodriguez, Candace Ganger, Sara Zarr, Cynthia Hand, Francisco X. Stork, Jessica Burkhart