Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Published: 1st August 2015
Pages: 432 Pages
All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won’t tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?
This may sound oddly patronising, but let me just take a moment to clap and applaude am I normal yet? *clap, clap* Am I normal yet? was brilliant and for anyone suffering from Mental Health issues I recommend you reading it.
Evie is suffering from extreme OCD and has to wash her hands repetitively in order to feel “normal”. After seeing her therapist Sarah on a weekly basis, she feels comfortable dealing with the real world and attending college – this is her story.
Being a teenager is incredibly hard and especially when you’re going through a variety of mental health issues. Evie deals with her illness considerably well, up until she has to contend with some emotionally changing situations. Guy, her recent love interest, is treating her like crap and with a wondering mind like Evie’s she thinks it’s all her fault. She also has to struggle with the thought of telling her true friends the truth – how will they take the news?
From experiencing mental health issues first hand, I felt that Holly dealt with the situations beautifully. She doesn’t sugar coat anything and I think people need that. Most importantly, it’s to show the Young Adult world that it’s ok to feel different and not everyone is normal, and that’s fine – we all have good and bad days. Growing up is hard and no teenager has a completely rational mind, everything is a drama and Evie struggles to comprehend this nation.
I urge anyone that suffers from a mental illness to give this novel a go, it might even encourage people to talk about how they’re feeling and get help.