12 Books on Physical and Mental Wellness for Teens

by Jennifer Garry

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Wellness is a hot topic right now, and for good reason — with stressful news cycles, upside-down schedules, and a global pandemic to grapple with, we can all use a reminder to take care of ourselves. It can be tricky to communicate this message of wellness for teens. For the most part, they don’t want to hear it from their parents or other authority figures. That’s where books can help.

These 12 books range from a memoir of someone who lost her mother to novels about teens struggling with mental illness and self-discovery, essays and stories from YA authors to guides from a coach and a fitness pioneer. All of them will help teens feel more connected, no matter what they might be facing.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2020 and updated in 2021.