The Existence of Amy - Lana Grace Riva
"Amy has a normal life. That is, if you were to go by a definition of 'no obvious indicators of peculiarity', and you didn't know her very well. She has good friends, a good job, a nice enough home. This normality, however, is precariously plastered on top of a different life. The only one that her brain will let her lead."
I received The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to Lana for this opportunity!
Trigger Warnings: OCD, anxiety, depression
Our protagonist, Amy lives a normal life...well as normal a life as her brain lets her. Nobody else knows about her daily struggles with OCD, anxiety and depression. Although some suspect and worry about her.
Amy is an extremely relatable character, especially for those facing the same battles. I felt so much for Amy and recognised myself in her so many times throughout the book.
I've missed so many social and work events due to my anxiety and ended up feeling so guilty and rubbish afterwards.
I loved the theme of friendship and how the author portrayed not only how vital friends and family are but also the frustrations that they have to go through as well. It was easy to tell how much they cared for her and how they just wanted to help.
It was great how the story showcased how mental health issues don't just go away or take a break especially when we go on holiday or get into a new relationship. There isn't a pause or a fix-all button. It's ok to get help.
The storyline was gentle and really easy to read, it's no surprise that I flew through it. It was just what I needed after a heavy month of reading!
It's one of the best books I've read on the subject of mental health, I am so glad that I was given the chance to read it! It was really reflective of real life, a truly amazing contemporary. Thank you so much to Lana Grace Riva for the opportunity. You can find out more about Lana on Twitter.