• Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
    • Published: 16th June 2015
    • ISBN: 9781484705278
    • Read: October 21, 2016
    • Source: Kindle Edition
    • Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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.


I really don’t want to use any word that would give you hints on what this book is about so I’m just going to be very careful here. The plot twist of this book really took me by surprise in a level I didn’t know existed, this book should be awarded as BEST UNEXPECTED PLOT TWIST in 2016! I (literally) had goosebumps when I realized the twist.

The book contain lots of poetry that I enjoyed so much and in which I was also inspired to write my own. The main character was diagnosed of OCD, the author’s portrayal of this mental health issue was satisfying and also the author’s way of explaining it throughout the story. The book really didn’t fail to show the personal and emotional growth of Sam and I love the unfolding of new and old friendships, the Poet’s corner was my favorite of them all, I wish there is something like that in our school or something. And what would this be without a little romance? It was slow and cute and funny and just plain perfect. I highly recommend this book, I would probably read this again and again.


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