Title : Every Last Word
Author : Tamara Ireland Stone
Series : N/A
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :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 the 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.
Thinking about what first comes to my mind while thinking about this book: it’s special…even kind of unique. I was always interested in books about OCDs. Often they deal with the topic the same way, so that reading the book is not bad, but it’s also not surprising.
With this book it was different. Sam (or Samamtha which depends on the way she is able to deal with her OCD) is such a lovely character- it’s easy to understand her feelings, the toughts that are a constant part of her life. In combination with the description of her surroundings it’s easy to merge into the book (as a reader). The writing style is also good and does not cunfuse with changing point of views (which is often the case when authors try to describe what people with OCD’s experience).
You have to be aware that this is a book which can be also read by young adults. So if you hope for some steamy sex scenes this is not what you get. But look out: you instead get a very sweet love romance which isn’t too cheesy, but also not too “objective”. But at this point, I also want to explain why this book “only” got 4 stars. At some points I wished this book would be a little bit longer. The relationship Aj and Sam have is very sweet but in my opinion it developed a little bit too fast. What I loved about the book even more? The ending! Not only because it was surprising, also because it shows what a great writing style Tamara Ireland Stone has!
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