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.
4.5 of 5 Stars
I was almost instantly wrapped up in this book. I absolutely adore that Sam’s mom is both in the picture and incredibly involved and supportive. On top of this Sam has this completely rock star therapist “Shrink-Sue”. Both of these almost seemed unreal in my jaded perspective but it made sense in the story and I really liked it. I found the portrayal of this type of OCD very accurate and appreciated the obvious research that went into developing the characters. The relationship she has with her friends is awful. I often found myself thinking of Mean Girls.
I was fully ready to give this a complete five stars until the very weird twist. It’s not that I don’t like the twist because I do. It was finally a twist that I hadn’t completely expected. I even loved the romance which was truly gasp worthy. I’m not someone who likes much romance – in fact I tend to avoid it. The twist just didn’t seem to fit with everything else very well. It was good but it didn’t flow quite right for me. Perhaps because of my own experience in the mental health scene this addition didn’t make complete sense. This really did fill a bit of a hole for me in the YA I’ve been reading recently. If you are needing a break from fantasy or pure romance I highly recommend this!
This eGalley was provided free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.