Hello lovelies! So just the other day I finished the book that I bought a couple weeks ago that I posted about, called Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Sometimes, I can have a very difficult time concentrating, and I have to admit that it has been a long time since I have been able to get through an entire book. To my surprise, I read this novel through very quickly and I am super proud to say I got through the entire thing! So, I would like to introduce my very first book review on my blog for all of you. Now, this is the first time that I am writing a book review in a long time, probably since a high school English class, so bear with me while I try this – I promise to do my best!
As some of you already know if you read my previous post I Deserve ____ !, I was going back and forth as to whether or not to buy this book. I am so glad I did because I was hooked the minute I picked it up. This novel is all about a teenage girl named Samantha McAllister, who, from the outside, seems to live a normal life. She is one of the most popular girls in school who is always dressed well and wears perfectly applied makeup. However, she has a secret that she has not told anyone, including her so called ‘best-friends.’ Samantha suffers from the mental illness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She does not have the kind of OCD that involves hand washing or any of the other more well-known forms of OCD. Rather, she has been diagnosed with Purely Obsessional OCD, otherwise known as Pure-O. This means that she has more obsessive thoughts and mental compulsions than behavioral compulsions.
Samantha has hidden her OCD from everyone but her psychiatrist, Sue, and her family members. Every day is a silent struggle for Samantha in school. Until one day she makes a new friend who completely changes her life: Caroline. Caroline is the first person outside of her family members and mental health professionals who she tells about her OCD, and Caroline confides in Samantha about her own mental health issues. Carloline leads Samantha to a hidden room in the school called Poets Corner, which ends up being a perfect outlet for Samantha. She ends up meeting a lot of people who she never interacted with before, and eventually falls for a guitar playing poet whom she used to tease when she was younger.
Samantha learns more about herself than she ever has from being a member of Poet’s Corner. However, she keeps her new friends and Poet’s Corner a secret from everyone, including her family, her group of popular friends, and even Sue. Samantha starts feeling better than ever, the healthiest that she has felt in a while, until something happens that makes her question her sanity more than she ever has before.
This book is entertaining, fun, deep, and beautifully written. It accurately depicts what it is like to live with a mental illness, and thoroughly describes the trials and tribulations of living with a disorder such as OCD. This heart warming book will have you on the edge of your seat, eagerly turning each page. The character Samantha is highly relatable, especially for someone who suffers from OCD, and the character Caroline is such a sweet person who one instantly would want to befriend. The plot twist made my heart race, and I was so captivated by the story that I almost felt like I was a part of this wonderful literary work. Perfect book for teens and adults who want to read something lighthearted, entertaining, and moving. It is a great book to read if you are interested in life with mental illness or have an interest in mental health. The book is not a true story, but accurately portrays real life. I highly recommend it!