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Every Last Word

Every Last Word

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club"-- Provided by publisher.
Hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Samantha has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. When Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret. Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, and she 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.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781484705278
Branch Call Number: YA FIC STONE, T.
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 18, 2021

Samantha McAlister is among the most popular girls in school, from the outside looking in her life is perfect. She is pretty, intelligent, and friends with the right people. No one knows she suffers from OCD.

It’s the beginning of the school year and Samantha meets a new friend who changes her life and opens up a whole new world for her. She joins a secret group, Poetry Corner. Writing allows her to express herself and her new friends help her realize what’s important in her life.

I think that just about everyone can relate to how Samantha felt. Most everyone struggles with belonging and fear of judgment at some point in their lives. I love the lessons Sam learned and how she grew throughout the story. I do think that some aspects of her OCD were a little too good to be true. But overall, it was a fairly good book and I would recommend it.

Jul 05, 2021

I love the way this book talked about stigmas against mental health. I personally found the ending a little surprising, and see it as a nice quick read for some inspiration.

Jun 30, 2021

I don't remember how I came across this book, but I'm glad I did! The way the author described Sam's life and how she thinks through her situations was really interesting, and seems to be portrayed well. This book is one you won't be able to put down so I definitely recommend it. The only thing for me was that the plot twist happened in a split second, and I wished the author would have spent more time on it as it was a crucial turning point in the text. Otherwise, it is a really good read!

Apr 23, 2021

Sam is a standard popular girl. Her life is filled with drama, makeup, and overwhelming OCD. No one ever has to know about her medications, nor her therapists, nor her worries. Then she meets Caroline. Inclusive and welcoming, Caroline brings Sam down to Poet’s Corner, a family-like group of high-school poets that meet during lunch. Swept away, Sam is now living three different lives: her popular life, her poet life, and the one with OCD.

Every Last Word was an honest and true account of what it’s like to live with OCD. The details about the characters are perfect, the development is phenomenal, and the entire storyline is too good to be true. There is character romance, but in such a way that mental illness is not romanticized. This book is eye-opening for those who aren’t so familiar with OCD and deserves a 5/5.

Feb 07, 2021

Sam goes through her life with OCD. I was so intrigued when reading this book because it showed the struggles of dealing with mental illness, but also ways that Sam was able to gain true relationships with those around her. She begins with a popular friend group, and tries to make her way through high school without opening up to that group about how she feels. Eventually, she is able to find things that she values, such as poetry, and relate to others that feel the same way as well. I love this book because it doesn't romanticize mental illness, but rather, shows the hardships of it and how you should accept how you are in order to thrive.

Jan 20, 2021

This book was amazing. 10/10 recommend. It was a very fast-paced book for me and I enjoyed reading this book a little too much! I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy reading coming-of-age novels.

Dec 24, 2020

I absolutely loved this book. It was beautifully written. This book was especially good for me because I resonated so strongly with it. I also went through a really horrible bout of OCD and hid it from everyone because I was terrified of judgment and it was super interesting to see a story that actually talked about this from such a different perspective. The plot twist at the end COMPLETELY shocked me. I was not expecting that at all, and I was thrown off by it. I finished this novel in one night and would DEFINITELY recommend this to people, especially if they are struggling with topics such as OCD and friendship. This book is for readers that are aged 15 or above. Younger readers may not quite understand the depth of the topic of OCD, and may not be able to get the full impact of the message. The adult topics in this novel are also to be avoided by younger readers. This novel has a lot of good messages. Some of them include persevering through difficult situations, being courageous, and more. Suicide is mentioned, and at the start of the novel, the main character thinks about stabbing people with scissors.

Jan 11, 2020

14+ but also says younger

Aug 12, 2019

I highly enjoyed this book. The author's use of the first-person perspective not only showed the complex nature of OCD but also made way for some twists and turns along the way. The characters are all detailed and interesting, and more than anything, real. I liked the way the author managed to bring awareness to so many different disorders and conditions throughout the novel, but without stigmatizing them. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with something like Sam (the main character) or to anyone who needs some hope.

Mar 28, 2019

this book was amazing. especially the plot twist at the end... definitely didn't see that coming. i would definitely recommend reading this won't regret it.

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Jul 19, 2015

After you left
I stared at the driveway
Feeling its emptiness
Wondering if you'd return.

After you left
I thought about your questions
Wishing I hadn't been so blunt
Wondering if I scared you away.

After you left
I remembered how you felt in my arms.
How you fit so perfectly there. Like my guitar.
Wondering if I should have kissed you when
I had the chance.

After you left
I sat in my room
Remembering all the things you said, and
Wondering about all the things you didn't.

After you left
I sat in silence.
Missing you in a way I didn't quite understand.
Wondering if you'd ever come back.


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