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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 the 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.
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By FanB14 on 08-22-15
Interesting premise to select a girl suffering from OCD as the protagonist. However, this is not an in-depth analysis of the crippling side effects of the disorder, yet a thinly veiled attempt to add dimension. Typical story where cool girl falls for outcast with a twist so obvious from the start, I felt manipulated.
This could have been brilliant, but it's banal and the ending is implausible; don't need a Ph.D. to decipher that. Narration was bland and did not feel connected to any of the characters.
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By librarygirl21 on 04-13-17
Great story, irritating narrator
This is one book that I would have enjoyed more in print. Usually narrators bring a story to life for me, but in this case the narrator was so irritating it actually deadened the story. The Valley Girl-type affectation and the habit of stretching syllables into different pitches and sighs was incredibly distracting and the cadence and rhythm was the same no matter what emotion was being conveyed. Props, however, to the author. The story was clever and well-researched.
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