Author: Tamara Ireland Stone Publishing Date: June 16th, 2015 Genre: Contemporary, young adult, romance, mental health If you...
Publishing Date: June 16th, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, young adult, romance, mental health
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.
It is extremely difficult to write this review without giving away spoilers, so I'll keep it short and non-spoilery sweet
What I liked:
Sam is a character I related to on an unparalleled level. She is a swimmer (I swam for 9 years), and she has a group of childhood friends she doesn't feel connected to anymore. They are catty towards her and everyone. And she's just a bit crazy. Not quirky cool crazy, but... medication required crazy. Sam's issues are much more serious than mine, but I just found myself connecting to this character on such a personal level. I really liked her.
And I liked the romance. And I liked AJ (the dude writes lyrics and plays the guitar... and has a dimple and is a tall dork. Does this not scream my type?!). And I especially liked the fact that Sam's parents and her sister were so present in her life, and the fact that she made playlists for everything. AND THAT THE AUTHOR HAS PROVIDED THESE PLAYLISTS ON HER WEBSITE.
What I Hated:
I wanted to see more of the other characters and delve deeper into what made them human. While I related to Sam, none of the other characters jumped from the pages. I couldn't connect to them. They were just so... I liked them. They definitely weren't flat, but I feel like they could have been explored more.
Now on to what intrigued me...
Half way through the book I wanted to stop reading. I would have given the story a three because I did like it up until that point, but had gotten bored. It felt like the story was done. Sam had everything she wanted, and was doing well health wise. But then ... as Caroline said, "You feel like you're getting better but actually you're getting worse." And the story sucked me right back in. I suspected something was fishy, but was not prepared for that plot twist.
If you like music, love stories, and plot twists, stick with this story. It is so so good ~bless~