Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone ★★★★★ #bookreview

wordThis YA book is about Samantha, a girl with Purely-Obsessional OCD who is persistently consumed by dark thoughts and worries. She is part of the popular girls’ clique in school, but she knows that those girlfriends will turn on her if she does one single thing wrong that would embarrass them, including finding out she has OCD. In a way she feels protected by her circle of friends, but she understands the rules for remaining in the clique, and those rules definitely do not include Samantha’s new friend Caroline. Caroline is carefree, funny, and doesn’t care about being popular or wearing the right clothes or any of the things other girls seem to care about. Caroline is a breath of fresh air to Samantha, but she knows her friends won’t accept her, so she keeps their friendship a secret.

Caroline introduces Samantha to Poet’s Corner – a group of school misfits who
meet in a hidden room in the school to talk about, write and perform poetry/verse. Samantha is immediately enthralled by the group, particularly the talented young man that plays guitar and writes poetry! Samantha would have never imagined herself fitting into a group like this, but she finds herself being pulled out of her comfort zone and discovering a whole new aspect of herself that she never knew – or allowed herself to know – existed. Everything about Poet’s Corner has changed her life for the better, until she discovers something that almost makes her lose her grip on sanity.

This book was amazing! It was one of my most favorite reads in 2018. I loved the development of Samantha – how she pushed herself to try new things, how she ultimately stopped worrying about what others thought of her, how brave she was and how she embraced life in a way she never had before. I thought the poetry/verse that the members of Poet’s Corner wrote and recited was creative and fun. I also loved how Caroline nudged Samantha along the way to help her step outside of the box she created for herself.

I honestly don’t feel like I can say much else about this book without revealing the spectacular ending, so I will just say that I think this was a beautiful, touching, inspiring novel. I believe it handled OCD and anxiety disorders with a gentle touch. The author even mentioned in the author’s note that she consulted with doctors and a young girl she knew with these issues to ensure authenticity in her portrayal of Samantha.

This book is definitely worth reading.

Published June 16, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion.

My rating – 5 out of 5

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