Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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 Thoughts: We are introduced To Samantha aka Sam. As soon as I met Sam, I liked her! I loved her personality and even her little bit of weirdness. She suffers from OCD and it makes her life pretty complicated.
Samantha is friends with a group of girls who she’s known most of her life. But lately, she can feel how much she’s changing and how they are staying the same. They are popular and kind of self centered.
Samantha meets a girl named Caroline. Caroline gets Samantha to really open up and introduces her to a group of kids who write poetry. Sam really lets her escape into this world. And, she gets to know a boy named AJ. Sam knew AJ when she was younger but things weren’t very nice between them. I just loved seeing the new side of Sam and how she got to know AJ!
Every Last Word was an amazing novel and I feel like no matter how much praise I give it, it wouldn’t be good enough. I could probably write a much longer review on this one but I feel like all those details are what make this one so great. Getting to know Sam and the crazy eights and her poet friends were just so amazing.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one and read it within a few days! It was such an interesting and heartbreaking look at OCD. And the way Sam struggled with it. And the romance, whoa the romance, loved it. I really loved this one! I usually don’t read books that deal with mental illnesses but I really enjoyed this one!
Cover: Love it! It’s simple yet I’d want to know what it was about.
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