“I’m going to show you something that will change your whole life.” -Tamara Ireland Stone, Every Last Word
Book Rating: 5 out of 5
Goodreads Book Description:
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.
Valeria’s Book Review:
This book was absolutely beautiful.
The very aspect of the story, and all the characters involved made me love it all! I wish I would have read this book sooner .
Everything around Samantha is perfect, everything except for her. Samantha has dealt with her own struggles from a very young age. Her thoughts and her OCD consume her everyday, and sometimes she doesn’t have the control that she wishes she could. She’s not herself, and between lies to her own friends she has to hide her real self from everyone, including them.
Until she meets Caroline. Things will never be the same the day she becomes real friends with her. Someone who she would never be caught walking down the hallway in school.
“You look around at the people in your life, one by one, choosing to hold on to the ones who make you stronger and better, and letting go of the ones who don’t.”
Caroline takes Samantha to Poet’s Corner, where a hidden room in school holds sanctuary for those who need it the most. Upon arriving there she also meets AJ, who she knew from grade school and can’t stop looking around for him during school.
“Everyone’s got something. Some people are just better actors than others.”
After Samantha is introduced to Poet’s corner, her life begins to change for the good. She feels at peace, and even at home protected by words that she so desperately needed when her mind ran off with all sorts of thoughts. She begins to see a different way of looking at life, and who her friends really are. Especially with the help of her psychiatrist, Sue, is when she sees that she likes this new Samantha, even if it means hiding her away for a little while longer.
“I have a tendency to overthink things, especially when it comes to my friends, and I don’t know…I take things too personally. I mean, it isn’t always them . Sometimes it’s me. I just don’t always know when it’s them and when it’s me, you know?”
Caroline is another major character in the story, and someone who impacted Samantha’s life for the better. Her impact shaped who she was becoming to be. Caroline was the little voice in her head that gave her the courage and will to move on and do things that she normally wouldn’t do herself; and if poetry was the answer to it all then it definitely helped her, and shaped her to move forward.
“The trick is to recognize your mistakes, take what you need from them, and move on.”
This book was very well written and emotional. The book was never slow or dragged on, and the characters were amazing…especially the twist at the end that will practically have you jumping out of your seat.
We were able to get glimpses of many of those characters in the story, especially those in Poet’s Corner which I absolutely loved! But I liked how Tamara makes you feel that you could relate to them so easily because of all the different personalities we see. This book made me open my eyes and see how many individuals struggle in their daily lives and we have no idea about it. It could be with anything. Someone somewhere I struggling and they too are looking for that inner peace with themselves, Like Samantha, to be brave enough and have the courage to stay sane sometimes in such a chaotic world.
“I’m merely reminding you to embrace who you are and surround yourself with people who do the same.”
I will say that I related to Samantha a couple of times throughout this book. Especially with the whole concept of overthinking and having your thoughts run wild is something that I work on myself, and Sam taught me that regardless of what she is going through, she is strong and capable of overcoming anything. Even if it means distractions for better, like with Poet’s Corner.
“What you see … And on the other side: It isn’t me.”
I highly recommend this book, go grab your copy today!