Book Review | The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

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The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva.

The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 283 pages
Source: Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Release Date: August 2, 2019


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.

My Thoughts

At the start of The Existence of Amy, you immediately know that you’re entering the world of someone enduring a deep struggle. We follow the story of Amy, a young woman suffering from the need to perform numerous routines for the sake of safety. Amy is aware that these tasks interfere with her daily life, hindering any chance of successful social interactions, yet she feels powerless to prevent them. There are several instances in the story where Amy struggles to overpower that internal voice in her head, yet it always wins out in the end, for the sake of safety.

I could feel Amy’s fight to overcome her condition, and her pain, as her negative feelings get the upper hand frequently. Amy’s depression is strong throughout the book, yet there are also valuable friendships there for her when she needs it most. These lifelines are very valuable for Amy, as her constant routines disrupt her daily way of life.

The Existence of Amy handles some intense topics (handling mental illness and extreme depression), but they are very important to stress how powerful Amy’s disorder controls her life. I recommend this book for those seeking to understand the impact of extreme depression.

Many thanks to the author for providing me a complimentary copy of this book!

Recommended for:

  • Readers searching for stories on Mental Health (OCD, Depression)
  • Stories with friends as valuable lifelines during struggle

CW: Depression, suicidal thoughts

Would you put The Existence of Amy in your TBR? Feel free to share in the comments!

Love and Light, Cathleen

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