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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and NetGalley.)
“My friends can’t know about my OCD or the debilitating, uncontrollable thoughts, because my friends are normal. And perfect. They pride themselves on normalcy and perfection, and they can’t ever find out how far I am from those two things.”
This was a YA story about a girl with OCD.
I felt quite sorry for Sam in this story, her friends obviously made her feel quite awkward at times, and it wasn’t nice how they refused to even call her ‘Sam’ instead of ‘Samantha’. It was bad enough that she had to deal with the OCD, without having to constantly worry what her friends would think if they found out about it.
“When I finally pulled into the driveway that evening, the last digit was resting on a six, so I backed out again and drove around the block a few times until the odometer stopped where it belonged. And now I have to do that every time I park.”
The storyline in this was about Sam finding new friends and learning to live with her OCD. It was nice that she was finally able to be herself a bit more, and had friends that she felt she could rely on.
“You know what you need?” I don’t answer her, and after a long pause she says, “Nicer friends.”
There was some romance, and Sam and AJ made a cute couple, even if Sam was worried what would happen when AJ found out about her OCD.
“I’ve wanted to kiss you for weeks, long before that day at my house, and right now I really want to kiss you again.”
The ending to this was fairly good, and I liked the twist that we got towards the end of the book.
Overall; I did enjoy this book, but the slow pace put me off a bit.
6.5 out of 10.