Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Sassy Books: Am I Normal Yet?

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good reading month. Back for this month's Sassy Books post! If you don't know: Sassy Books is a book club I run every month with the lovely Charlotte where we pick a book and invite you all to read it alongside us. This month's book was Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne which is a YA novel about obsessive compulsive disorder. The main character is a teenage girl and the book is all about her trying to get back into 'normal' life whilst dealing with her illness. 

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?



First off, this book covers quite a serious topic. OCD is still treated as a bit of a joke in today's society and people will often make jokes about people who are neat being OCD. The reality of OCD is that it is actually crippling and can affect people in so many ways. This book shows not only how OCD effects Evie but also her whole family. So this book does a great job of raising awareness for OCD but also makes you think about the way that we, as a society, treat it as an illness. There were times that I found it to be a bit difficult to read but it's important.

The story is pretty well paced and there were very few parts that I found to be slow. I read it quite quickly because of the chatty writing style but didn't find it to be one of those books that I couldn't put down. As much as I hate to admit it, at times I found the main character to be a little bit annoying. I think it's really hard for people to write teenage characters well. Not that the characters in this book were bad but at times could be very whiney and full of teenage angst. I know that doesn't sound all that positive but on the whole I still really enjoyed the book. I read a lot of YA fiction and love it but I just get the feeling that if you aren't keen on YA in the first place you probably won't enjoy this so that's something to consider. However,  I am definitely going to be checking out some more of Holly Bourne's books. She has another book called The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting but I also believe that Am I Normal Yet is the start of a series so I will definitely be picking up the next one for a read too! Overall I gave it 3/5 stars as even though I enjoyed the book there were elements I didn't enjoy. 

Posts by other bloggers participating in #SassyBooks: Colours and Carousels, Momentarily Dreaming, Shifting Tales, Life In Ginger, Shy Strange Manic, Conflakegirl's Musings.

But what about next month? As ever we are really keen to get as many people involved in the book club as possible each month. If you want to participate all you need to do is read the book and publish a review before/on the last Tuesday of the month. For November this will be the 24th of November. If you don't have a blog but want to participate anyway you can join in by tweeting about the book using the hashtag #sassybooks. For November we are going to be reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth(Amazon link here). This is a book about a girl who is sent to a camp that aims to 'cure' her from being gay by her family. It's an interesting idea for a book and I've heard many great things about it so I'm expecting it to be a good one!


Hope you can all join in!

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