Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey Review

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Trigger Warnings: OCD, Suicide

This is essentially a biography of the author, Lily Bailey’s life with OCD. Each chapter follows a different topic in her life. She talks about her experience with OCD from when she was a child until now. I felt really sad reading about her dealing with OCD as a child. The last chapter was my favourite as it was a positive outlook on the future and there was a particular quote that I felt inspiring for those with OCD.

This book is unlike other books that I have read that feature OCD. It is not fiction and it is not a book of advice. It is very much a biography and the advice in this book is limited so if you’re looking for a book on dealing with OCD, this book may not be for you.

The writing was repetitive, however that is the nature of OCD and I felt like the writing style complemented the topic.

The title originally seems confusing but it makes sense once you read the book.

Additionally, I found the sombre tone could potentially be triggering to someone with OCD/depression, such as myself.

Overall, I would recommend this book to those who would like to know more about what it is like living with OCD and to those who are looking for someone who also has OCD. However, be aware that this book could trigger symptoms.

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

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  1. Thanks for the honest review! I've just reserved it at my local library :)

    1. That's great! I hope you like it, I love helping people find new books :)