Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Contemporary. 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.
To be completely honest, I don’t normally read contemporary books, I am usually the kind of person who sticks to the genres that she’s always read, and is more accustomed to. But, I am so glad that I decided to read Every Last Word as it had me hooked from the very first page. I was able to connect with Sam on so many different levels, and she is definitely my favourite female lead that I have read so far this year.
There were two things that stuck out to me the most: The first being the worry of peer pressure, and what your friends might think or do when they find out that you want to do other things from them. And the second is the poetry. The poetry is one thing that I think will stay with me for a very long time.
The poetry that the Poet’s Corner share throughout this book hits you right THERE… You know, the feels. You know what I’m talking about. It shows that it is okay to express yourself in the ways that you want to. What you write doesn’t have to be good, you don’t even have to share it with anyone if you don’t want to. Just write. Put all of your feelings down on something whether it be a napkin, post-it note or a piece of scrap paper. Sometimes, it feels good to be able to let it all out knowing that you are the only person who will ever read it.
Thank you so much Tamara for writing such an amazing book.