Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)
Always try to keep it funny
Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break…
Holly Bourne is one of the only authors I have come across whose last book in a series is just as good as the first book. I have enjoyed every single book in the Spinster Club trilogy and am unable to wait for November to read the Spinster Club special. Lottie is such a powerful, strong character and whilst in the other two books she has come across as unbreakable, in What’s a Girl Gotta Do? The reader sees her more sensitive side and shows that when put under enough pressure from internet trolls that even the strongest characters can suffer emotionally.
This is a really empowering book, perhaps more so on the feminist front than the previous two books as it tackles in more detail exactly how much gender inequality there is all around and it isn’t until someone begins pointing out every act of sexism that your realise exactly how big the problem is, and I for one hadn’t realised how much sexism there was just walking down the street, or watching TV. This book has really opened my eyes and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
Title: Am I Normal Yet? Author: Holly Bourne Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 2015 Pages: 434 Genres: Young Adult; Feminism; Mental Health Format: Paperback Source: Bought
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?
It takes a lot to knock Divergent off the top spot in my imaginary ‘best books ever’ list, but this book succeeded right from page one. I’ve never read a book that tackles the sensitive topic of Mental Health but this book not only tackled it, but was able to give an insight into the mind of someone with OCD, generalised anxiety disorder and Emetophobia, all of which I suffer with. And let me tell you, this book pretty much described my life from attending College at the age of 16, right down to the obsessive hand washing. It was such a breath of fresh air to finally find a book which deals with these issues and I think that more YA novels should cover Mental Health topics.
Mental Health is one subject that so many books skirt around the edge of because it is not widely understood or recognised…which is part of the problem. I’m just so glad that this book is a thing, that Holly Bourne is a real, actual person who I have so much respect for and I’m so glad for Amber over at the mile long bookshelf for writing her review of this book because if she hadn’t I wouldn’t have read it.