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Disability Rep In Fiction

I’ve noticed a lot of problematic disability rep in fiction, and I wanted to create a list of books with representation that was more accurate and true to the experience of living with a disability.

The 6th Annual NYC Disability Pride Parade would have been tomorrow (July 14th), but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. However, I’ve been compiling a list of books with disability representation for a while now, and I figured that now would be a great time to post it. This post is a work in progress, and I’m planning to add to it as I come across more books. Please drop some suggestions below as well!

This is what I’ve come across so far in various genres of fiction:

Amputated limbs

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Anxiety

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

[cover of You Should See Me in a Crown]

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Dyslexia

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Bipolar Disorder

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Cancer

The Last Summer by Cait Marie

[cover of The Last Summer]

Cerebral Palsy

The Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer

Fibromyalgia; Chronic Pain

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

[cover of Get a Life, Chloe Brown]

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

[cover of Take a Hint, Dani Brown]

Hearing Loss

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Mobility Issues; Chronic Pain

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Neurodiversity

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

[cover of The Gilded Wolves]

Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

[cover of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin]

Paralysis

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

[cover of My Dark Vanessa]

Visual issues (partial or total loss of vision, loss of an eye)

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Something Dark and Holy series by Emily A. Duncan

Wheelchair Use

Recommended For You by Laura Silverman


This list is a work in progress. I understand that identifying with a disability is a very personal experience (at least it is for me), and I tried to be inclusive and respectful when creating this list. If I haven’t done so, or identified something as a disability that shouldn’t be, please let me know so I can correct my mistake and learn from it. If something has been left off, please suggest a book with good rep so I can add it to the list. I know there’s a lot more out there that I just haven’t found yet.

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  1. Thank you so much for this list! I’ll definitely add several of these to my TBR 🙂 I read You Should See Me in a Crown and absolutely loved it! As someone who has anxiety, it was really nice to read something where the anxiety wasn’t used lightly. The Brown Sisters are currently in my TBR and I’ve heard nothing but good things about those books

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