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.
This book is beautiful. This book is everything I expected it to be. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick it up.
This lovely story is about Sam. Sam has OCD. She doesn’t think she’s “normal”. She sees a therapist every week and she’s obsessed with the number three.
Sam is a wonderful person. She just can’t see that. All she sees is what’s “wrong” with herself.
Until she meets Caroline. Caroline is amazing. She’s everything Sam wants to be. She knows all the right things to say and when to say them. She knows when she needs to be there for Sam. She also shows Sam Poet’s Corner.
Poet’s Corner turns Sam’s life around. She meets new friends, who are a million times better than the Crazy Eights. She finds herself through the poetry she writes.
She also finds Aj. A boy her and the Crazy Eights made fun of in elementary school. Aj is a wonderful character. He lets Sam in Poet’s Corner even with their past.
They also fall for each other.
This story was beyond perfect. There are no words for it.