Reader Reviewed Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet?

Written by Holly Bourne
Part of the The Spinster Club Series Series

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August 2015 Book of the Month Evie is starting sixth form college and like any normal young person wants to fit in and make friends, and she’d like a boyfriend too. It’s challenging for Evie though because she’s also coping with anxiety disorder, something she’s determined to keep secret from even her closest new friends, Amber and Lottie. Teenage girls, as anyone who lives with or indeed is one will know, are some of the funniest and brightest people around and this is a wonderfully vivid story of female friendship in all its glory. The descriptions of Evie’s condition leave the reader in no doubt as to the depth of her suffering, but this is a positive, often very funny, and life-affirming read. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Charlotte Crisp, age 14 - 'I really enjoy the tone and voice of the book. It is able to talk about the serious topic of OCD while still being humorous.  It is a perfect mix of informative and amusing.'
  • Jade Craddock - 'Teens are extremely lucky to have this book available to them and I hope it reaches the widest possible audience. An essential and vital book for teens today.'
  • Chloe Mcilroy, age 15 - 'This was a great book which had a gripping storyline as well as featuring important themes such as feminism. It was very  interesting and included relatable characters.'
  • Rose Heathcote, age 16 - 'It was a real heart wrenching book and I recommend every single teenage girl and boy read it. I couldn’t put it down, a truly  inspiring book.  A massive 5 stars.'
  • Lauren Coffman, age 15 - 'It was interesting, exciting, sad, and to top it all off it really made me think. I think she captured how teens feel perfectly, and would recommend this to anyone!'
  • Delilah Acworth - 'A definite recommendation for all of those wishing to read between the lines, this will be a hit in a matter of minutes.'
  • Sophie Ufton - 'This was a book that I really wanted to read and it didn't disappoint. Such funny and sad parts will make this an amazing book!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'Seeing anxiety disorders through her eyes was raw and at times heart-breaking, but it is that way, and it was great reading a good representation of what it is really like to have.'
  • Emma Hughes - 'I enjoyed this book, and plan to read more of Holly Bourne's novels.'
  • Amelia White, age 15 - 'Mental illnesses everybody says they have them, not really, I don't think you really understand what it’s like, not like Evie does.'
  • Immy Fisher - 'I loved this book, as soon as I started reading it I couldn't stop!'
  • Holli Compton, age 17 - 'Once I started reading  Am I Normal Yet? I didn't put it down. A fantastic read that I would recommend for all teenagers to read.'


Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

First in a trilogy focussing on three friends as they navigate the treacherous world of sixth form and beyond.

Tackles important current teen issues, including OCD, anxiety, peer pressure and feminism.

Holly Bourne is a rising star of UKYA fiction with a style that is raw, real and relevant.


An epic and unique release this summer that I plead you all to pick up! This novel has a distinct British feel with moments mixed with laughter, tainted with tears and bound with love. Holly Bourne has created a beautiful tale. -- Paper Trail YA An involving look at feminism, friendship and the secrets we hide even from those who know us best. -- The Observer If I could, I'd make this book obligatory reading for everyone. It's that good. That perfect. That holy frick I haven't read anything this powerful in a long while . -- Beth Reekles, YA author (The Kissing Booth) This is not a novel about a condition: Evie's condition is that of being a contemporary young woman, and through her guerrilla feminist group with new soulmates Lottie and Amber (who will each get a novel to themselves shortly) she learns new pathways through life that all her peers can follow. -- The Observer Holly Bourne is becoming something of a writing sensation in the world of Young Adult fiction... Using humour, high emotion, compassion, sensitivity and some hard-hitting drama, Bourne creates a beautiful, resonant story that tackles serious issues with the lightest and sometimes darkest of touches, giving real and moving insights into what it means to be young, confused and isolated. --Lancashire Evening Post A deeply compassionate, sensitive & funny examination of OCD, recovery & relapse. -- The Guardian Wow, just finished AM I NORMAL YET, which was absolutely fantastic!! What a well needed, moving, and brill book! -- Louise Corcoran, Foyles This book is a stigma buster and I love it for that. -- Guardian reader review This book is really important for two reasons. 1. The insight it gives the reader into the mind of someone suffering from OCD. 2. The constant references to and exploration of feminist ideas and theories.Besides the fact that it's important and deals with serious issues, it's well written with fully realised characters you really care about. I wish I had read this book when I was 15. Highly recommended. -- Louise O'Neil Goodreads An epic and unique release this summer that I plead you all to pick up! This novel has a distinct British feel with moments mixed with laughter, tainted with tears and bound with love. Holly Bourne has created a beautiful tale. -- Paper Trail YA A word that perfectly encompasses this book is 'thought-provoking' - by challenging stigma and addressing topics that are sometimes avoided and brushed under the carpet, it really makes you think. We need more books like this! -- Snazzy Reads blog Am I Normal Yet? is such a important novel that I urge everyone to read it, regardless of age or gender. Everyone will be able to take something away from this novel, whether it's a greater understanding about mental health, a comfort that you re not alone, or even just the knowledge that if someone looks OK on the outside, it doesn t always mean they re OK on the inside. -- Blabbering about Books blog At last a YA book has come along that challenges the mixed messages that modern society sends out to girls and introduces young openly feminist characters who I m sure will become heroes to teen girls everywhere. Am I Normal Yet? is a must read for anyone who recognises just how tough being a girl really is. -- Jess Hearts Books

About the Author

Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her first two books, SOULMATES and THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE INTERESTING, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. AM I NORMAL YET? has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016, and shortlisted for The Bookseller YA Book Prize. Holly lives in Surrey.

Holly Bourne writes for young people for a living. She’s a journalist and editor for, an advice and information website for young people which receives over 100,000 unique users each month. This includes writing about topics including sex and relationships, drugs and alcohol, self-harm and mental health, university life and getting a job.

Holly gained a first class degree in Journalism at the University of Sheffield. After graduating, she spent just under two years working as a news reporter at the award-winning Surrey Mirror. During her time there, Holly uncovered many national and international stories that received huge press coverage. She was nominated for Print Journalist of the Year – but found she didn’t have the stomach for the job. Holly began writing Soulmates as a way of escaping the horrors of her day job.

In Soulmates, Holly plays with the Hollywood perception that true love has to be difficult in order to still be considered ‘true’, she says: "Every day we’re spoon-fed fairytale narratives of what love should be. That the path to true love never runs smooth, that the most romantic love is ‘forbidden’, and that we all have a The One, just waiting to complete us. I wanted to take the most romantic concept of all, soulmates, and turn it on its head. What if finding your soulmate was the worst thing ever?"

Holly did a lot of reading about love, and the science of love, to make the big reveal about Soulmates believable. She read a number of scientific and psychological studies on the effects of love and how it impacts your brain and your body. Holly remarks that “in fact, most of the science in Soulmates is true!”

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Publication date

1st August 2015




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