Deep Dive Book Club and Parent University

The Deep Dive Book Group examines a variety of topics that impact teens. Each month, through the books we are reading, we will explore topics related to mental health and substance abuse and look at positive coping strategies and resources.

For teens in grades 6-12.

The Deep Dive Book Group is a partnership with Be Healthy Beverly and the Beverly Public Library.

Book Discussion Dates

June: Mindfulness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Monday, June 27 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions”

Find the book.


Katie N., Head of Teen Services, has created book lists on past and current Deep Dive and Parent University topics. The books on this list are geared towards teens, but there are many titles included that parents and guardians will find helpful.

Alcohol and marijuana
BIPOC Community
LGBTQ+ Community
Mental health
Positive Coping Strategies
Looking for books on topics that you don’t see here? Email Katie and she can help!

Discussion Questions

Missed a meeting? Want to hold your own book discussion? Past book discussions will be posted after the discussion date!

January: Marijuana and Alcohol
The Deep Dive by Tim Tharp Discussion Questions

February: Tobacco and Positive Coping Strategies
The Castle School (For Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel Discussion Questions

March: Opioids
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis Discussion Questions

April: LGBTQ+ Community
Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali Discussion Questions

May: BIPOC Community
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds Discussion Questions

Be Healthy Beverly’s Parent University is an initiative to offer resources, education, and programs focused on giving parents access to tips and tools on how to discuss difficult topics with their kids, such as substance use and mental health. Parent University also provides youth and teens facts on mental health, substance use risks, and positive coping strategies so that parents can feel supported by their community as they discuss these topics with their kids.