We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

This young adult novel knocked the wind out of me – so many lines were beautifully written. It was such a heart wrenching book, it still haunts me.

Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

These books finally showed that the protagonist is NOT okay after trauma. It was one of the first times I’ve seen YA tackle the reality of mental health.

Lord of the Butterflies – Andrea Gibson

This collection of poetry is so masterfully written. I find myself having to take breaks between each poem to remind myself to breathe.

New American Best Friend – Olivia Gatwood

I have read and re-read this collection so many times I may have to buy a new copy. If you haven’t read it, I strongly encourage you to.

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

With how much tragedy is happening in the world, we all need something that is light and happy. This fits that need.

Lynne Schmidt is a social justice advocate and mental health professional in Maine who writes memoir, poetry, and young adult fiction. Her work has received the Maine Nonfiction Award, Editor’s Choice Award and was a 2018 and 2019 PNWA finalist for memoir and poetry respectively. She is a five time 2019 Best of the Net Nominee, and regular contributor for Marias at Sampaguitas. She is the founder of AbortionChat, and has been and continues to be a featured poet at events throughout Maine. When given the choice, Lynne prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.

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