Teenage well-being platform
IN COLLABORATION WITH Eric T. Webster FOUNDATION
To feel good… To feel better… It’s what we’re all looking for, whatever our age, but maybe even more so at 12, 15 or 17. Certain periods are sometimes harder to get through, certain situations are more painful to face. Literature, writing or any other form of creative, artistic or even athletic expression—from cheerleading to photography, passing through hip-hop—can become lifelines to fall back on. Even better, they can represent key means of expressing and reenergizing ourselves, and of transforming negative emotions into recovered strength. Such means of self-expression are also safe and liberating ways to get through tough times and regain our footing. As such, they help preserve our mental and emotional well-being.
This Blue Metropolis platform provides readings, videos, and information on different realities that impact young people in particular.
Books that feel good
Reading feels good. Because books call on our imagination, but also our emotions. Because we get a sense that these characters are like us, that what they’re living through is the mirror image of what we’re living through. Because in books we can find answers to our questions, a solution to our troubles, relief from our worries, an easing of our sorrows. Sometimes a single sentence from a whole book is enough, a passage we can’t get out of our head, or that lingers in our heart.
Blue Metropolis proposes twenty or so novels and non-fiction books about different realities which, at one moment or another, we may all feel or witness: anxiety, friend breakup, depression, rejection, intimidation, suicidal thoughts, heartbreak, anorexia, grief, solitude, conflict, homophobia, self-esteem issues, etc.
Woman World, Aminder Dhaliwal, Drawn & Quarterly, 2018
Carry On, Rainbow Rowell, Wednesday Books, 2017
The Art of Being Normal: A Novel, Lisa Williamson, Square Fish, 2018
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, Joyce Carol Oates, HarperTeen, 2013
This Book Is Anti-Racist, Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2020
The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline, Dancing Cat Books, 2017
Who Put This Song On? Morgan Parker, Delacorte Press, 2019
Pet, Akwaeke Emezi, Make Me a World, 2019
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, Balzer + Bray
Wilder Girls, Rory Power, Delacorte Press, 2019
Felix Ever After, Kacen Callender, Balzer + Bray, 2020
Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard, Echo Brown, Henry Hold and Co., 2020
One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, Delacorte Press, 2017
19 Love Songs, David Levithan, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2020
Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020
High School, Tegan Quin, Sara Quin, Simon & Schuster, 2019
Dumplin’, Julie Murphy, Balzer + Bray, 2017
The Phantom Twin, Lisa Brown, First Second, 2020
Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo, Quill Tree Books, 2020
A Heart in a Body in the World, Deb Caletti, Simon Pulse, 2020
A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab, Tor Books, 2016
Reference sites to find information or to get support
Ami Quebec – Youth Resources
Head and Hands