Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Title: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Published: June 16, 2015
Genre: Teens and YA
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
I fell in love with this book from the first few pages. I was very intrigued to see where this story was going to take me. I was very very impressed with this story and this is an author I plan on reading more of her work as she publishes. Every Last Word is about a young girl named Samantha who is in high school she suffers from OCD but only her family knows, not even her closets friends the Crazy Eights don't even know. This is something she fights and deals with on daily basis. Some days are better than others. She goes and sees a therapist who is helping her and for Samantha it doesn't seem to work she wants a normal brain. Though as the story progresses we see a change in her and I have to say it is for the better. One day she meets a new person Caroline and she introduces Sam to the Poet's Corner and I have to say I wish they had this in our school. The person who decides if she can come in is someone that has a past with Sam and her friends and it is not a pretty one. With a lot of growing up to do Sam learns to say sorry, learns what is real and not real, learns to gains confidence, strength, a voice all that were within her but it took Caroline to bring it out in her. Towards the end it was a twist that I didn't see and I literally kept going whoa! The author did a great job with bringing the character Sam to life and what she has to deal with being OCD. The other character AJ he is a sweetheart and you can tell he is accepting of Sam way before she even believes he is. Sue the therapist is a great character for Sam being as she never talks down to Sam but she rather builds her help and lets her know she can get through this all. She needs to stand up for herself but she doesn't force her to talk she just listens which is what Sam needs.
This is one story that will pull you in and keep you reading to finish the book so you can see what happens.
TAMARA IRELAND STONE is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as "an exciting debut novel" by Booklist and "a warm, time bending romance" by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films.
Her next novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen girl with OCD who's hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Word releases on June 16, 2015.
A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. For more information, visit her website atwww.TamaraIrelandStone.com.