Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
First Published: June 16th, 2015
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: eBook
My Rating: 9/10
Goodreads SummaryThis is an amazing book, dealing with OCD and how it isn't just about obsessing over whether the pencils are straight or not, which is a common misconception. The OCD takes over Sam's life completely, and we can see her struggle to cope with it. Life gets a lot better when Caroline brings Sam to Poet's Corner, where she can write poetry and express herself freely without being judged.
As it is with these kinds of books, there is always a plot twist! *Spoiler alert* Who would have known? Caroline is a figment of Sam's imagination. She was never there at all! Well, I guess I should have known, seeing as the plot twist from Made You Up is similar. However, I think this isn't as bad as it seems, since "Caroline" has always been there for Sam, always encouraged her and gave her the words she needed to speak up. Quite nice. *Spoiler over*
The relationship between Sam and AJ started off painfully slow. He hated her for what she did in 4th Grade, but he got over it when she apologised. It was quite nice, since it wasn't rushed or anything. It builded gradually: from friends to boyfriend/girlfriend. I think AJ is very loyal and supportive of his friends. He's a good match for Sam.
Sam changed a lot throughout the course of the book. She began as a quiet girl in a group of friends who didn't really suit her. True, they've been friends since a young age, but it is plain that Sam doesn't really like them much. Once she joins Poet's Corner and begins writing her poetry, she becomes more brave and develops a voice. Poetry is like an outlet for her thoughts, and I think it really helps her face her fears.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it for those who like Made You Up!
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