Welcome to my next instalment of my Swansea Bloggers Collective reviews, I’ve recently reviewed Neeta Oza’s ‘My Mini – Micro Mindset Manual’ and Jamie Guiney’s ‘The Wooden Hill’ that were gifted to the collective by the publishers. They were both excellent! Today, I’ll be reviewing ‘Because We Are Bad’ written by Lily Bailey. It’s a memoir of her battle with a severe case of obsessive compulsive disorder.
‘Because We Are Bad’ was published by Canbury Press on the 13th of May 2016. You can buy your copy here, ‘Because We Are Bad’ is available in all formats, including audio and paperback! The cover was designed by The – Parish and is absolutely beautiful, and really well thought out. You’ll know why when you’ve read the book! Here’s the blurb:
As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and ogled the bodies of other children.
Only by performing an exhausting series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough.
She had a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it came with a bizarre twist.
Anyone who wants to know about OCD, and how you can fight back, should read this book.
Before I read this raw memoir, I have to admit that I thought OCD was spotless cleaning and repetitive behaviours. Oh how I was gobsmacked at how demobilising OCD can actually be. ‘Because We Are Bad’ blew me away as Lily tell us how things she’d hear would be turned into negative affirmations, constant mental list making to become ‘perfect’ which would be analysed every night before bed sometimes up to 4 hours!
Lily has put everything into this book, no stones have been left unturned, including conversations with her therapist and her most dark thoughts. The title is really clever, it took me a while to clock on where the ‘we’ came from but the OCD was such a huge part of Lily’s life that to her, it had taken on the form of a nameless person. My heart broke so many times while reading this book, especially as Lily was so young when she started to develop the thoughts and obsessions.
This book is one of the bravest memoirs that I’ve read, as I’ve said, I didn’t have a clue that OCD could affect someone’s life to this extent. ‘Because We Are Bad’ is one girl’s story of overcoming her inner demons in the quest to living a fulfilled life, Lily’s strength is inspirational. If you follow her on Twitter, you’ll know that she’s overcome so much!
I loved ‘Because We Are Bad’, I am truly grateful for the gifted copy. Have you read this memoir? What were your thoughts and feelings? Let me know in the comments!