The Existence Of Amy by Lana Grace Riva – Book Review

The Existence Of Amy by Lana Grace Riva – Book Review


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.



Amy has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and depression, she is fully aware of her condition and really just wants a ‘normal’ life.

She has a job and friends, but her life is ruled by the OCD and it’s accompanying anxiety, all of which she tries to hide. Her close friends are aware and they are kind and so supportive. 

I found this to be a compelling read, it’s a contemporary, compassionate story with an insight into mental illness and the importance of friendship. It’s realistic with great, likeable and believable characters. I can thoroughly recommend it. 

Thank you to the author. Lana Grace Riva for a free copy of her rather special book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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