Top Ten Tuesday: Books that feature neurodivergent characters

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is ten books that feature ___ characters, and I thought I’d deviate away from my norm for once.  I know that I usually write about really great romances or my favorite tropes or upcoming debuts that I’m really looking forward to.  Instead of the fluffy stuff, I thought that today I’d go for the heavy-hitting ten books that feature neurodivergent characters.

Representation is so important in literature, and I think it’s great that authors are making a conscious effort be more inclusive.  The ten books below include characters with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, PTSD, and more.

If you’re interested in seeing my reviews for these books, navigate over to my review organization page!

⭐ Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
⭐ Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
⭐ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

⭐ Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow
⭐ A List of Cages by Robin Roe
⭐ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
⭐ All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

⭐ We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
⭐ The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
⭐ Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

If you had to make a list of ten books featuring characters with a certain characteristic, what would it be?

Book review: Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow

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Skylar Nixon tried so hard to be an actress.  She moved to New York right after high school, and although she went to countless auditions, they never panned out.  Her last effort was a reality show called Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) – and the producers had a very specific role they wanted her to fill.  Her performance was edited to make her seem even worse than she was, and now nobody wants to hire her.  Not even after she moves back home with her tail between her legs.

Sebastian Pryce was his high school’s typical weird loner. He was super smart but constantly made fun of for his OCD. He, too, moved to New York after high school.  He became a powerful attorney and got engaged to a real city girl.  But he didn’t want that life.  He didn’t like that life.  He pushed his fiancee away and quit his job.  He moved back home for a simple, quiet life.

On one of the worst days of her life, Skylar literally faceplants on the beach in front of Sebastian. At first, she doesn’t recognize him, but he recognizes her.  After all, Skylar was Sebastian’s secret crush for a good decade.  When Skylar realizes that this beautiful man is that Sebastian Pryce, she’s intrigued.  She wants to get to know him better.  But why does he keep pushing her away?

I flew through the first 50% of this book without regard to time (and was consequently very tired at work the next day).  I loved both characters and I thought it was so great that Harlow chose to portray a hero with mental illness as someone not only worthy of the heroine’s affection, but also someone that she would fight for!  I appreciated the depictions of Sebastian’s anxiety and OCD.  So often, romantic heroes are these infallible, perfect gods.  So, in that way, Sebastian was very refreshing to read about.

The second half was good, but not great.  It felt like Harlow was unsure of where to take the plot, so Skylar and Sebastian just had a lot of sex.  And don’t get me wrong – this book is very hot.  Like, where-are-all-the-fans-in-my-house hot and can-I-crank-the-air-conditioning-up-a-bit hot.  Harlow knows her way around a sex scene, that’s for sure.  But there’s a chunk of chapters in this middle of this book that basically consisted solely of sex, and it got a little tiring, even for me.

Still, I loved this book, and I just wanted to take Sebastian and protect him and his insecurities and his poetry and his list of things that will be hard for him that he’s still going to do so that he doesn’t become a slave to his anxiety or his compulsions. Even though he’s this buff, beautiful lawyer, he still feels like that awkward, weird kid that everybody made fun of and my heart just broke for him.

As a side note to any readers of Frenched, Lucas and Mia play a fairly big role toward the end of this book, and I might have actually squealed with delight when they showed up.

I have some more unread Melanie Harlow books on my shelf, and once I finish my new wave of ARC’s, I am so excited to fall in love with more of her characters.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

Monthly favorites: July 2017

July didn’t actually seem like that great of a reading month as it was happening.  I hadn’t one-starred a single book between January and June, and I had not one, but TWO single-star ratings in July.  Looking back, though, I did read six really great books that I would highly recommend:

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★ The Big F ★ Alex & Eliza ★ The Upside of Unrequited ★

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Famous ★ Some Sort of Happy ★ The Foxe & the Hound

What were your favorite books from July?