Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone ~ Book Review

Annike: Hey guys, it’s Annike here for a review on a really good book I just finished called “Every Last Word”. Before I get into it I just want to let you know that Zoe and I and our family are actually going on a holiday tomorrow and while we have scheduled a few posts to go up while we are away, I’m not sure if it will go up or all go smoothly and since there will be be no service of wifi where we are going we’ll just a to wait to get home to see. So if posts don’t go up in the next 8 days, don’t be worried we will be back writing in person in a little over a week anyways and our “October Read” post might be  little late. Anyways now you are warned, let’s get into it!

23341894.jpgIf 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.

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 secret, right up there with her weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits. 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. 

Okay so the story focuses on a girl called Sam who struggles with what is known as OCD. She is part of a group of perfect girls who are the typical ‘popular girls’ at school and it’s almost like Sam wants to leave but she is too scared because she doesn’t know where to go. But suddenly she meets this girl named Caroline, who seems to see something in her and Sam finds herself finding a group of poetry lovers in a secret club. And this is where the story takes off as Sam is able to find her real self and discover who she is away from the rest of her friends.

On the topic of OCD and mental illness, I loved it how Tamara Ireland Stone did a lot of research to try to make this book as accurate about this mental illness as possible as opposed to trying to make OCD sound like a cute little quirk which is pretty common. At the beginning of the book we are exposed to a very serious situation where Sam seems to lose control of her OCD for a minute and in this time we are also shown how she has grown to cope with it.

Next on the books characters, I really loved this part of the book. Sam was a very likeable and relatable character for me, not that I have pure obsessional OCD, but I found her likeable and while she was struggling, she had a very distinct character. Then there was Sam’s popular friends, aka The Crazy Eight’s. There were only four others of them but they were presented in a way that they were popular and very unlike Sam but at the same time they weren’t inhumane and unlike anyone you would ever meet. Then came, AJ the ‘guitar playing guy’ who Sam meets while she is at the poetry corner. I thought he was a well developed character along with all of the people in the club. One character I would have liked to see more of was Sam’s mum, who was very trained in Sam’s OCD at the beginning of the book but then barely made an appearance along with the rest of Sam’s family. While this didn’t take away from the book it may have added to it slightly.

This book was very fast paced and I found that there were always something happening that made me want to keep reading so I pretty much read it in 1 or 2 sittings. And that ending…! It was totally unexpected and while I’m still not too sure of it, it was definitely a twist. I’m not going to spoil it because I highly recommend this book and would love you guys to read it, but if you have you know what I’m talking about!

Star Rating: 5/5 (!)

Thanks, for reading guys. Zoe and I will be back for real from holidays in a little over a week, but hopefully our scheduled posts can go up smoothly. Thanks, bye x



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