📚Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
⚪️Source: e-copy for review courtesy of Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley – Thank you!
⚪️Blurb: 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.
⚪️My Review: Sometimes when we read we come across books and we find a connection so deep within them that to you it becomes reality. For me when that happens, I embrace the words, I learn, and I think hard about the importance of the subject or subjects that are laid out in front of me. Authors who can do that are magic. They truly are, they find a way to help you, nurture you, and teach you new things whilst giving us an honest, open and clever story.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland-Stone is one of those books. It is in-depth and charming with a twist of complexity and mind control. Paired with beautiful characters that you immediately fall in love with and a plot so rich and deep, you are from the start gripped and moved. It tackles such sensitive subjects but has been done with thorough research, love and compassion.
This is a YA book but I urge all ages to read. Mental health is something we all should understand and this book can certainly help with that.
Overwhelming and utterly brilliant.
Publication date: 16 Jun 2015
Book length: 368