Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

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Hello!  As I had so much fun writing my review of “Being a Girl” by Hayley Long, I thought I would have another go at writing a book review.  The book I am talking about today is “Am I Normal Yet?” by Holly Bourne.

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Publication Date: 01 August 2015
Publisher: Usborne

Having previously read, and loved, Holly’s previous novels Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting, I was so excited to hear about her new novel “Am I Normal Yet?”.  I was very jealous of those who got their mitts on an advance copy, so when I spotted the paperback in my local Waterstones a few days before its official release date I had to have it.

Am I Normal Yet? focuses on Evie, a teenage girl recovering from a spell in hospital for OCD and generalised anxiety disorder.  She just wants to be “normal”, and do all the things she feels she is missing out on; having friends, going to college and dating boys.

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As soon as  I saw the words “sexy ferret” I knew I was going to love this book.

Am I Normal Yet? focuses on mental health, in particular OCD and generalised anxiety disorder, from the perspective of Evie,who is suffering from them.  Holly has a knack for tackling sensitive issues like this without triggering or undermining their seriousness.   Not only do we get inside Evie’s mind and share her pain from her own point of view, but we also see and feel the pain that is felt by her family and friends.

Feminism is also a key theme in the novel, and I love how Holly weaves it throughout the story.  It is approached in a way that introduces feminism to the reader, without preaching or being bogged down in technical terms.   A lot of what they discuss are things I have said myself!

The tone and voice in Am I Normal Yet? is so realistic and refreshing.    Each character introduced in the story is relatable,  and the issues they experience are ones we all have encountered in our adolescence.   For example, we have all had a friend, or been that friend, who becomes wrapped up in their boyfriend when they get one for the first time.

I am going to hold my hands up and admit that I became completely sucked in to the world of Evie, Lottie and Amber; so much so that I forgot they were fictional.   I laughed with Evie when the “Spinster Club” was born, I felt her pain as she washed her hands just one more time,  and I fist pumped like there was no tomorrow whenever feminism was mentioned.

I can see myself re-reading Am I Normal Yet? several times in the future.   It has become one of my favourite books I have ever read – that’s how good it is!  I am so excited for the next book in the series, which will shift the focus to Amber, and her story.  If anyone wants to trade a kidney for an advance copy… let me know.  Used but in good condition!

Am I Normal Yet? is another hit for Holly Bourne.  I think she is an author to watch; I am predicting big things for her in the future.  

Dannie x

August 5, 2015
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12 Comments

  • Reply Rosie

    Great review, Dannie. This sounds like a really good read. I’m so glad more and more authors are creating characters with mental illness. I think it really helps people understand just what it’s like to suffer with something that isn’t physical.

    I’m gonna add this to my TBR list now :)

    August 8, 2015 at 9:22 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Oooh please let me know what you think of it!! I might forgive you for loving Fangirl – ha! x

      September 15, 2015 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Jessica Edmunds

    Thank you so much for sharing I will add it to my good reads challenge, I usually avoid things about mental health as sometimes it sparks me to feel worse BUT it sounds like a really great read xx

    August 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I get what you mean, but this doesn’t. Holly is very careful not to trigger anyone. Please read it! x

      September 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Mel

    I love reading book reviews! This book sounds brilliant, I’ll add it to my Amazon wishlist!

    lillies and lipbalm
    xx

    August 10, 2015 at 12:27 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Yaaay! Read it read it read it x

      September 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Evelyn

    Love reading your book reviews! This is going on my list :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    August 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Thank you! I am really trying to improve them :) xx

      September 15, 2015 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Kloe

    You and your book reviews are going to cost me a bloody fortune girl! Stop reading good books and then writing about them! (Don’t really ’cause then I wouldn’t have anything new to read). Seriously though I’m downloading this on my kindle even though I have a huge pile to finish reading…
    Kloe xx
    skullsandkisses.com

    August 21, 2015 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You can’t stop me! I am terrible for downloading to my Kindle… when it’s 99p I just can’t resist! x

      September 15, 2015 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Shell Senseless

    Great review! This sounds like a really good read- I’m definitely going to add this to my tbr :)

    August 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Yay, I hope you like it!! x

      September 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

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