Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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.
Boy did I love this story! Guys this book is absolutely amazing in every way possible! There wasn't a single thing I didn't enjoy.
Sam has a servers case of OCD that she's hidden from all her friends. One day she mets Caroline who introduces her to the Poets Corner.
I really enjoyed Sam. I loved getting to see her discover new things. She really struggled and we got to see her overcome her problems. She was very easy to relate too. The Poets made the story for me. They were absolutely amazing secondary characters. I loved that they were such a family and so welcoming.
This is a really moving story. Not only does it showcase someone overcoming a disease, it shows the power of good friends and words. I might be a little obsessed with this story. I just connected with it so well! I couldn't put it down to save my life. It was emotional while still being fun. It was super easy to relate too. It had tons and tons of cause behind it. I was incredibly impressed. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend!