I also write YA contemporary and am looking for developmental stage feedback . I’m four years into writing, a lifetime into reading, and have learned a lot about the craft as I’ve gone along.
I have a master’s in counseling, so your topic of mental illness interests me.
My novel’s premise is less profound. Two best friends decide to share a boyfriend in high school; it’s a teenage polygamy arrangement. But the novel is really about how friendships change as teens move toward adulthood.