Thank you so much to the publishers, Little Brown Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Hey guys, you might know me already from one of my social media channels where I talk about the highs and lows of living with Tourette’s Syndrome. I’ve loved sharing those times with you and – as there are lots of things I can’t fit into a 60 second video- I’ve decided to write a book! It’s the full story of how I came to be diagnosed and how having Tourette’s has changed my life. Writing it has given me an opportunity to talk about things I haven’t felt ready to share before – for some reason it’s easier to put down private things in written words than in a video!
I talk about the many other illnesses I’ve been through and the dreams that it’s affected – about my school days, relationships and my very lowest points – but I also talk about what I’ve managed to achieve in spite of all the obstacles. I hope it’ll make you laugh and make you think, and empower you to realise that no matter what you’re facing in life, there are always ways to deal with the challenges.
It’s also so important to me that people understand what life is like with a disability, so we can be compassionate towards each other. I’ve bared my soul in this book to hopefully help others to do this. I’m so excited (and just a little bit nervous) for you to read it!
Evie Meg xxx
Back in 2020, when TikTok became the new social media site, it was practically impossible to not see one of Evie’s (This Trippy Hippie) videos on there. Evie became a constant on my FYP (for you page) and her videos brought a smile to my face, educated and inspired me. So, when I learnt she was releasing a memoir I wanted to read it as soon as possible.
You only get to see so much of a person online, especially on apps like TikTok. We get to see a lot of Evie being happy and bubbly on her social media accounts which isn’t always how Evie is. We do get to see Evie’s struggle but not always in detail. This book allows its readers to learn more about that happy side of Evie but also the side of her which is struggling with her Tourettes, mental health and physical health too. It is truly inspiring to read. I loved learning more about her and her day-to-day life with Tourette’s.
Throughout this book Evie writes incredibly openly about her physical and mental health struggles. She states her goal is to destigmatise these things and help other people feel less alone or isolated who are in similar situations. I learnt so much about Tourette’s and the affects it can have on a person. As well as learning a lot about mental health. This book definitely helped open my eyes.
It is refreshing and inspiring to see Evie talk candidly about her severe depression, severe anxiety, depersonalisation / derealisation disorder as well as her paranoia. I’m sure this book will open so many people’s eyes to these things and help in their understanding of what other people may be going through.
I loved learning more about Evie’s life too. Especially learning about her family and her pets. Also, how her pets have greatly helped with her mental and physical health. I thoroughly enjoyed the little sections of the book which were written by Evie’s mum as it helped to give even more insight into Evie as a person.
Overall, this book is informative, inspiring and an all-round excellent read. I read through it in a couple of sittings and would highly recommend it. If you are interested in learning more about how people’s lives are affected by Tourette’s, seizures, depression, anxiety, depersonalisation / derealisation disorder and a lot more, then this is the book for you!