Release Date: June 16th 2015
Genres: Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
EVERY LAST WORD is another great example of what contemporary YA can be. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this one.
An awesome, well-fleshed-out cast of diverse characters make their home in this book. There are quite a few people to remember but I never got any of them confused as they are all unique in their own way and have their own stories.
Sam, the main character, is just so easy to relate to and root for. It didn’t take long at all for me to care for her and really feel her struggle. The subject matter was somewhat new to me and I look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a whole new light. I just want to give her a huge hug.
There is some beautiful poetry in this book. I have to admit I am not a huge fan of poetry but I really liked the sections that did have poems in them. They don’t take over the book, but add something truly great to it. Plus some awesome quotes are spawned from them as well.
This book is incredibly readable and not at all what I expected it to be. Like Sam says, “what you see, it isn’t me.” There is so much more to this book than meets the eye, Sam isn’t just your ordinary high school girl and this isn’t your average contemporary young adult novel.
EVERY LAST WORD tells an emotional story, but one that is easy to connect to. All aspects of the book are very well-rounded, whether it be the friendships or the romance. I definitely recommend checking it out if you are looking for something new in the contemporary genre.