Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: June 16th 2015
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Poetry Contemporary, Swoon Romance, Mental Illness, Friendship
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.
Great. Thank you, book. Knowing what I now know, I’ll have to read you all over again. Bet you’re real happy right now, aren’t ya?
Mind-blowing, unexpected turn of events.
I fell head over heels for this EVERY LAST WORD heart-warming creature.
It’s a lyrical, theme-filled and romantic story about OCD-sufferer Samantha McAllister. She’s obsessed about the number 3, among other things. But no one can know about that, especially not her popular bitchy friends, the Eights.
With the help of Caroline, Sam discovers a secret poets club. Her first chapter to becoming a braver, more assertive and accepting person starts right there. And who knows, maybe it’ll even bring her love?
Despite the stereotyped Eights who bring a contained amount of shallowness and ‘‘clichédness’’ to the story, it’s a deep, meaningful book. And hey, even the Eights situation has a realistic quality.
Many of us understand what it feels like to have to end a relationship that’s been going for a long time, because of the natural phenomena that are called ‘‘growing up’’ and ‘‘finding our true self.’’ YET, it never is easy.
I loved the flirting. It didn’t last long, but god did it captivate me. I was so close to the paper I thought I might, by some magical luck, step into the book to join the flirty conversation. Because why not? The more, the merrier.
Beautiful, beautiful book. Seriously recommend. You don’t even have to be a fan of mental illness books to love this. You really don’t and that’s the beauty of it. It can appeal to a large group of people.
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awwwww. i also loved this book! 😀 your review echoed my thoughts! ❤
Nice review! I’ll have to read this one.
I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I also loved this book and have actually reread it a few times. It’s definetly a fantastic read. Great review! 😊
Ooh! I really need to pick this one up!
I own this one and keep forgetting to get to it. I need to change that! Great review!
I’m so glad you did a review on this, I had it on my to-read list for a long time! Sounds like I might finally give it a try.
Wow glowing review! I have a copy of this book and now you make me want to move it up my TBR. Does the story make you cry?
Must be a burden hiding who you are from bitchy bffs
Thank you for this lovely review! I’ve heard so many great things about the book, now I couldn’t find any excuse to delay the reading anymore. Haha.