Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First of all, sorry for posting this review so late. I really meant to write it, and even tried one time, but it deleted before I could publish it. Then I ended up taking a break from the blog for a little bit. Now I am back and ready to write some reviews.
Every Last Word was an amazing book.
Summary from Goodreads:
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 thought that Sam was a very relatable character. She had her group of friends, but still had a hard time fitting in. She also suffered from OCD, and it was interesting reading about it.
The plot was absolutely amazing. Sam met Caroline, a strange girl who she had never seen before. They secretly became friends, and Caroline took Sam to the Poet's Corner. Here, Sam is able to speak her mind and find something that makes her happy.
A.J. was such an awesome character, and I loved his relationship with Sam. He was sweet.
The ending of this book almost brought me to tears. It shocked me. I was like "Wow", and I couldn't stop reading. It made me question everything about the book.
I know many people criticize this book for being too fake. I agree that it wasn't totally realistic, but it was a very touching story if you weren't really looking into the OCD aspect too much.
Overall, this book was great and kept me thinking.
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