Monday, June 22, 2015

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word
By: Tamara Ireland Stone
Released: June 16, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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. (Goodreads)

Every Last Word was a stunning story that had a really surprising twist. As soon as I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. 

Every Last Word is the story of Sam who is a part of the most popular clique of girls in her junior class and hiding that she has OCD. Then Sam meets Caroline, who brings her to Poet's Corner. It's a secret room at school where a group of students meet to perform their poetry.

Sam is a well developed and realistic protagonist. There are different forms of OCD and Sam has Purely Obsessional OCD. I think that Stone did a great job at getting the reader inside of Sam's mind and all of her thoughts. OCD doesn't define who Sam is though. She loves swimming and discovers this passion for writing. I enjoyed watching Sam grow and find this whole new side to herself because of Poet's Corner. Writing becomes this type of release and freedom for her. The side characters were also great and I especially loved the whole Poet's Corner group.

The plot hooked my attention from the beginning and the more I read, the more I became invested in these characters. I really liked how this book took a surprising turn that I definitely wasn't expecting. I also loved that Every Last Word touched on a whole range of issues from mental illness to toxic friendships. There were so many beautiful quotes that I found myself writing down too.

Overall I really enjoyed Every Last Word. It was a story about discovering yourself and finding the passion for writing. I definitely recommend picking this book up.     

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