My Rating: 5 Stars

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: 10/31/2015

Length: 335 pages

Currently free on Kindle-Unlimited.


A story of love, loss, and forgiveness. Nia’s entire world has fallen apart. She is stuck in a cycle of depression she cannot pull herself from. Her sister, Noie, and her college friends are determined to help pull her from the darkness. Will she find a way to truly live again and the strength to imagine a new future for herself?

My Review:

I don’t typically read these types of books,  but I needed something different.  I’ve always struggled with depression & anxiety, so I felt like maybe I could relate to Nia. 

I Know This of Myself jumps between “Nia Now”, “Nia Then”, “Nia Diary”,  and “Ian Then”. I knew Nia suffered from depression from the description of the book, but I didn’t know what triggered it. Lina Holloway does an amazing job of telling the story of Nia & Ian without giving away too much at the beginning.

I truly believe depression is a disease. So many people try to sweep mental illness under a rug & just pretend it doesn’t exist. I have been told before to just “snap out of it”…if it were only that easy.  No one would ever want to live with anxiety & depression if they could help it. Trust me.

Lina shed some light on how depression feels and how it affects not only you but also those around you. I don’t cry very often when I read, but I did while reading I Know This of Myself. Nia’s emotions are so raw and you just feel so bad for her that it tears your heart apart. 

I don’t want to give too much away, so I will leave the rest up to you to find out. Just make sure to have some tissues nearby…you will need them! 

If you are feeling depressed, know that you are not alone. If you ever become suicidal, I hope you will reach out to someone or call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or visit their website to chat by clicking HERE.

There are several other organizations, so please reach out to one of them!

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