Blurb (GR): 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.
So I just love the fact that the author used the character to have a sickness. It makes it more interesting and unique. I read some books when the character has a disease like The Fault In Our Stars and Freak The Mighty. But none of them caught my attention like this. I read any books by this author. I had pretty high expectations based on what I heard about this book and it exceeded them!!
The love interest in here was kind of predictable but the path to love was higly unusual and unlike your average love story book. Samantha was the main character and she fits in the role perfectly. She isn’t too happy with the disease and too sad. If it were too sad it would make her seem selfish.
It was a shock that Caroline was fake. I was heart-broken. I found that it was out of the blue twist. But it kind of made it more interesting. I felt that Caroline was Samantha’s anchor to “normal”. The author makes you question normal in particular. What is normal? Normal is average,but what is average in general (not the math kind). I really loved this book and it sent out a really clear message. This was similar to 13 Reasons Why (check out review here). But in a lot more ways different. Of course I would totally recommend this to 12 and up.