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.
This book was so great to read! I loved everything about it, it was so freaking great! It does deal with having OCD, which is not pleasant, no matter how much the term is thrown about for basically nothing. This was the real deal, and it wasn't easy to actually live with it.
So Sam was a part of a very popular group of girls, girls that had been friends for like ever, though their number had decreased over time. But they weren't always the nicest people, you know? And they caused a lot of work for her therapist!
I loved when Caroline introduced Sam to the Poet's Corner! That really changed her life, and it was good for her, though there were a few bumps in the road! And a tidbit, is that Tamara Ireland Stone gave Sam coping mechanism of writing from her own life. So yeah, that was cool!
Sam did go through a lot in this book! And yeah, it wasn't easy to deal with, there were some really rough patches! But once she was through, her life was so much better! Not that her life was perfect, but that it was better. And yeah, that was a really great journey to read!
This book was really moving, and I loved reading it!
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Read: December 12th, 2016
Reason Why: Really enjoyed her other books, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: June 16th 2015