Sometimes, a book comes along that could have been written just for you. Am I Normal Yet could have been written just for me. It’s the story of Evie’s teenage life; college, friends, relationships, all the normal stuff that’s important to a teenage girl. And obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
I was a bit worried before I read this that Evie’s whole personality would be about OCD, when everyone who’s experienced the condition knows that there’s so much more to them than the diagnosis – but I shouldn’t have worried. While the condition is a central theme to the book, it’s written about sensitively, compassionately and by someone who clearly understands what it’s like to experience it. There’s so much more going on in the book; feminism, humour, great characters – I could go on!
This seems to me to be a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to live with OCD. The author doesn’t pretend that everything will be all right in the end, and she definitely doesn’t talk about OCD as something you can ultimately recover from. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out more about what it’s like to live with OCD, or to anyone who knows a teenage girl who enjoys well-written young adult fiction.
Review by Sabrina