A brilliant YA book about the struggles of dealing with OCD at the same time as growing up. As the first book of The Normal Series, we follow Evie’s life after spending time at a psychiatric institute. She was admitted because of her severe issues with OCD. Which is a serious mental illness that many people struggle with, that can and have become trivialised by the general public.

“Because now people use the phrase OCD to describe minor personality quirks. “Oooh, I like my pens in a line, I’m so OCD.”
NO YOU’RE FUCKING NOT.
“Oh my God, I was so nervous about that presentation, I literally had a panic attack.”
NO YOU FUCKING DIDN’T.
“I’m so hormonal today. I just feel totally bipolar.”
SHUT UP, YOU IGNORANT BUMFACE.”

It is written in a way that makes you believe that you are reading the thoughts of a young woman who’s starting a new college (UK), meeting new people and trying to seem like a normal teenager. It’s so heartwarming to see her journey through the muddle of events that is teenagehood. Of course it isn’t going to be easy especially for Evie, but she meets two lovely girls at her first party who quickly become her best friends. Evie, Lottie and Amber each bring something different and unique to the group and through this great representation of young females, the readers can learn to accept themselves.

“Everyone’s on the cliff edge of normal. Everyone finds life an utter nightmare sometimes, and there’s no ‘normal’ way of dealing with it… There is no normal, Evelyn.”

Also seeing these three girls discuss feminism and issues that have been quite prevalent in the past couple of years is such a good thing for the target audience to read. It can only help the next generation evolve and become better than the last.

It has its ups and downs, that will definitely pull at your heartstrings. This book is very much about teaching younger girls that they shouldn’t be ashamed in their differences. All about positive representation of mental health disorders and feminism! All around a good read for the younger generation.

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