on June 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I was intrigued by Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone when I received it in the mail. I’ve never read a book about someone with purely obsessional OCD and I love a good issue book. So I bumped it up to the top of my pile.
Sam was a fascinating character. She has struggles with her OCD a lot but she has a great support system. Her family is very involved and she has a wonderful therapist. I enjoyed seeing the scenes with Sam and Shrink Sue. Situations like that are often glossed over. It was nice to see it first hand.
There was a pretty big twist at the end that I honestly didn’t see coming. It took me a little while to sort out my feelings on it, but I think it was an interesting element to the story.
My one problem with Every Last Word was that I didn’t feel a big connection to any of the characters. Sam has this huge, encompassing condition that should make you feel so much for her. I just didn’t, though.
Every Last Word is a good contemporary. I would’ve loved it if I could’ve felt more for Sam. The information about OCD was compelling and really made the story interesting.