If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
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
I thought this was a damn good book. The ending really took me by
surprise, I never saw that one coming, although I knew something seemed a
Samantha has OCD since she was a child and is on
medication for anxiety. Sam has hidden this fact from her so called
friends all of her life. These girls that she grew up with were mean and
she was always afraid to pull away from them.
Then one day she
meets a really nice girl named Caroline. She takes Sam into a different
world where the so called "misfits" of the school hang out. They are
down in the basement of the school and have the coolest room set up in
there. They tell poetry and just have really good times together. The
walls of the room are covered in poetry where you glue it up when you
are done reading it.
Sam meets a boy named Aj through this
group, he doesn't want her there when she first shows up. It turns out
she did some horrible things to Aj when he was young along with her jerk
friends. But, she writes a beautiful poem telling about her sorrow for
the things she did and how ashamed she feels for being that person. Aj
starts to come around and they form a beautiful friendship.
these new people is helping Sam with her OCD, she feels more calm. This
doesn't heal her, but it helps her cope. When your around relaxed, nice
people you tend to feel that way yourself. And Sam is starting to pull
away from the group she is in... yay!
Aj and Sam begin a slow
romance together that blooms in about the middle of the book. I think it
was wonderful how they bonded and felt serene around each other. Sam
has to decide if she's going to share her secret with Sam. Will he leave
her because of her OCD? What do you think? I think you should read the
Kudos to the author for mentioning some things about OCD
at the end of the book. It's hard for people to understand anyone with
different kinds of mental disorders. And if you don't understand it,
don't make fun of it, don't think they are weird, don't think you are
better, in fact... keep your trap shut unless you have something nice to
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