Book Review: Every Last Word

Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone

If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Lori's thoughts: This is a YA book that caught my attention. I really enjoyed reading it. Sam suffers from OCD, Purely-Obsessional OCD. I honestly never knew there was a disorder like this, but I found it pretty interesting. I am a self-diagnosed sufferer of OCD. Adult-onset. I could identify with some of the things Sam did, but not everything. I guess I'm not that bad. :) But the story line of this book is really good. Sam is one of the popular crowd. Ironically belonging to a group of girls who refer to themselves as the "Crazy Eights."

Sam's psychiatrist suggests Sam find new friends. Not necessarily telling her to quit her old ones, just to try branching out, making new friends. Without trying, Sam does this. She meets Caroline who steers Sam in the right direction. A direction she never would have gone on her own. The guitar-playing boy she meets is someone she and her cohorts used to pick on because of his stuttering problem.

All in all, a believable read that I really enjoyed!

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