Tell me the books that YOU have read (not just the ones that you’ve heard of) that feature a character with a disability or chronic illness. What did you think of the character? The way the disability or illness was represented? Do you think there was a lot of research done?


  1. Estelle Ryan has a mystery/suspense series with the main protagonist who is on the Asperger’s/ Autism scale. She does an excellent job of writing the character with sympathy and understanding. It’s clear from reading the books she either has personal experience or has done a great deal of research regarding this syndrome. I know many people on the Asperger’s/Autism scale who don’t consider it a disability, however I’m not sure the general public has achieved this enlightened view.

  2. We’ve talked about our feelings regarding THE RUNNING DREAM and Lurlene McDaniel. šŸ™ƒ I will forever love Luke and Julie and tulips, but … Yeah.

    THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING is nice because the MC shattered his leg and there is no magical healing or long drawn out moping. He mourns losing his athletic stardom, and then he does what he needs to to go in a new direction.

    PARALYZED is a horribly titled, possibly out of print, British YA. It’s a 3 POV story, and that could be done better, but Simon, the guy who broke his neck, has a good arc. It seems realistic, well researched, but I’d like it to focus more on him getting his life back in order than him being semi-conscious for half the story.

    ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES = beautiful writing but unfortunate rep for MI. I still think it glorifies suicide to an extent.

    Hmm, I can’t think right now. I’ll have to do a search of my books. I’m sure I have a whole shelf I just can’t think of.

  3. I’m back with Goodreads open now.

    I’LL MEET YOU THERE – MMC lost a leg as a Marine and suffers from PTSD. I think the representation of both seems accurate and well researched. You could weigh in on the amputee aspects, but his PTSD is well done from my experience. I highly recommend this book.

    THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY – The MC’s hands were amputated by a cult leader. I have very mixed feelings about this book. I’m not really sure how accurate it is in the depictions of how Minnow does things for herself. She lives in a youth detention center, has no prosthetics, and her hands are only briefly mentioned from time to time.

    EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL – the LI is a paraplegic, and for the most part I didn’t have much trouble believing that the author did her research. When Riley and Dylan get stuck in the desert, I’m not sure a recent para would have the skills to navigate that terrain, but he’s young, cocky, and has a low-level injury, so I’ll go along because I thought Riley and Dylan were cute together and I wanted them to kiss.

    I HUNT KILLERS series – BFF has hemophilia. Sometimes seems like a plot device (“OMG, don’t hurt Howie! He might bleed to death!”), but it’s not the most accurate depiction, but it’s okay. (Full disclosure: I haven’t read book 2 and 3)

    TRIGGER – TBI and depression. The MC attempted suicide and is living with the aftermath. It’s not my favorite book due to the style and writing, but the TBI is handled well. The MC struggles with depression from accepting his disability as something he brought on himself.

    BREAK – MC’s brother has life-threatening food allergies. I’m not 100% sold on the extent of his allergies and still allowing certain foods in the house. I don’t know enough about severe allergies to say if the depiction is bad or good, but it’s something to consider.

    SIX OF CROWS – Kaz uses a cane due to leg pain. I’m only 80 pages into the book, but so far, so good.

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