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Kate L'argent, Independent Usborne Organiser

Book Review - Am I Normal Yet

13th February 2018

All Evie wants is to be normal. But normal doesn't come easy when you're on medication and have to constantly fight the urge to wash your hands.

But this year will be different. Evie is getting a fresh start at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts. All she has to do is get off her medication, and she will be just like everyone else.

Except college doesn't start exactly the way she had planned. She loses her best friend Jane on the first day to Joel (lead guitarist of a truly terrible band) and her very first date ever, with a boy from her Sociology class, could not have ended in a worse way. But then she meets Lottie and Amber. And they aren't just like everyone else.

Tired of the double standards between boys and girls they form the Spinster Club, a group celebrating all things female, and aiming to reclaim the pride of being strong independent women. But somehow, in spite of their want to be different, the three girls still fall foul to the power of the boy - or at least Lottie and Evie do.

Evie believes that her last step to becoming normal is to find a boyfriend - and is that really such a bad thing for a 16 year old to want? But as her want becomes greater, and her grasp over her OCD becomes weaker, Evie's life starts to spiral out of control. She knows her behaviour is no good for her, but she can't stop it on her own, and she's desperate to keep her illness from her new friends. But how can they help her if they don't know what's wrong?

Am I Normal Yet? is the first novel in Holly Bourne's Spinster Club Series, and should be compulsory reading for any teenager. In her frank and honest style, Bourne dispels the belief that there is a 'normal' for anyone, and teaches us to celebrate what makes us different - because after all, isn't that what makes us special?

This novel will make you laugh, cry, and most of all it will reassure you that we are all 'normal' in our own way. Don't go through your teenage years alone, go through them with the help of Evie, Lottie and Amber! 

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