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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The Lovereading4Kids comment

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.'

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

An involving look at feminism, friendship and the secrets we hide even from those who know us best. -- The Observer

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

A deeply compassionate, sensitive & funny examination of OCD, recovery & relapse. -- The Guardian

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

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 is the author of Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be?, What’s a Girl Gotta Do?, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting and Soulmates. She graduated with a first class degree in Journalism Studies at University of Sheffield and spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror, garnering a nomination for Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. 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.

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.

Her own experiences of blatant sexism, drove her to write Am I Normal Yet? - the first book in the critically acclaimed Normal series about three girls who start their own grassroots feminist campaign group. The trilogy has inspired young girls to start their own groups all over the UK and Holly tours schools and festivals to talk to young people about gender equality. To mark the release of What’s a Girl Gotta Do? – the last book in the trilogy – Holly launched the #IamaFeminist social media campaign which trended worldwide. She lives in Lewes.

She worked as a journalist for TheSite.org an advice and information website for 16-25 year olds, click here to read a Q&A with Holly.

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Format

Paperback
448 pages

Author

Holly Bourne
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Author's Website

www.hollybourne.co.uk/

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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st August 2015

ISBN

9781409590309

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