Book: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Genre: YA-Fiction, YA-Romance
Published: 16th June 2015
Rating: 4.5 stars
Blurb: 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.
“If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.“
You will fall in love with this novel. Its heartbreaking but so good at the same time. Plus some good poetry (its very likeable).
Another one with Mental Illness, but I found myself respecting this one. It did not hold back any details. As mentioned above its about a high school girl named Samantha diagnosed with OCD. I haven’t encountered any OCD texts before so it was very new to me. I also have nothing else to compare it with so the review can’t be relative, and it won’t be fair either. But from what I read I can only say that it has some amazing poetry to introduce to its readers (I am telling you, the idea of a poetry club and a “The Wall” is super awesome), an in-depth description of a person’s life that might have some impact on you and make you consider how you tear others and a tad bit of romance that will light up your day because its depicted beautifully. Also the fact that it felt different and I wasn’t falling in love with the idea of some having OCD but actually sympathizing and wanting to understand how the character felt, made me feel that this novel was a good one.
The author also touches upon different areas that affect the life of a high school student and that very old saying “Choose your friends wisely” is brought out in the text as well. I know I should not be giving out spoilers, so I’ll just say this much that the twist at the end leaves you shell-shocked, and you might shock-cry. I did. So if you are planning on reading this, be ready with a box tissues if you’re a crier like me.
[I would recommend this one to everyone who has read Slammed by Colleen Hoover]