The Existence of Amy – Lana Grace Riva (Book 16 #20BooksOfSummer20)


“Amy has a normal life. That is, if you were to go by a definition of ‘no immediate 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. A life that is Amy’s real life. The only one her brain will let her lead.”


*I received a free copy of this book by the author in exchange of an honest and unbiased review of this book*

I was approached by the author and asked to read and review The Existence of Amy, which I am so thankful for, as it’s not a book I would have randomly picked up on my own accorded, simply because of its plain book cover and I do like a book cover, shamefully. This turned out to be a book that I devoured and loved because of how I connected to it, which highly goes to show that you should never, NEVER, judge a book by it’s cover, which is true when it comes to reality when it comes to not judging people as you don’t know what’s going on within.

Once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down, as it grabbed me from the first three pages, which is something so rare to do but did so for a more personal reason. I was able to see myself within the main character of Amy, within just those first three opening pages, finding myself not only connecting to her, to her constantly over thinking, her constantly questioning herself, but then sympathising for her. Although Amy does suffer from OCD and Depression, which I can’t relate fully to, just being able to see myself and relate to some of her and see it written so easily in front of me, got me instantly connected, not only to the character but to the story. I was invested to see where and how it was going to go and the clear low point before the resolve. I was in.

This was one of the best written books I have read that discussed mental illnesses, without it being thrown in your face, but while also dealing with it. Not chucking in some random story. However, this book was not only character driven, which is did have, as you’re obviously following Amy’s character throughout the book, how she’s progressing, any development throughout the book, but it also does have a story to it and is, like I said, handled and dealt with well and in one of the right ways.

I haven’t read many books regarding mental health in a while, as they’re usually not very good, as they’re usually just used as a plot point, so this was refreshing. This is hard when I know people who do personally suffer with depression, anxiety and those books hurt, so this was good. Bravo 👏

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Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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