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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
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.
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.
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
|Publication date:||1st August 2015|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||General Fiction, Romance / Relationship Stories|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
|Other Categories:||If They Like...They'll Love|
Holly Bourne worked as an editor and relationship advisor for a youth charity for six years before becoming a full-time author. Her bestselling YA fiction includes It Only Happens In the Movies, which was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018, and the critically acclaimed Spinster Club series. Holly is an advocate for reducing the stigma around mental health problems and has a keen interest in women’s rights. She lives in Lewes. Photo credit L BourneMore About Holly Bourne