[New in Review] OCD Love Story

Author: Corey Ann Haydu

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    – Imprint: Simon Pulse

Date Published: COMES OUT July 23, 2013!!!

Format: ARC

Source: Borrowed from Ardo

Synopsis:

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.
But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic… and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a ton about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.
Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control, but this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down… and she might end up breaking her own heart

Number of Days It Took to Read: 3

Cover: 13326677

The cover does a good job of explemifying the book, from a distance it appears to be another cute cover but if you look cloeely you will see that all is not as it seems.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: A causal perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating:  3 out of 5

Review:

If you are looking for a light, feel good YA novel well then you aren’t going to find it here. Instead OCD Love Story focuses on a topic that seems to be gaining popularity in the YA contemporary genre, that is mental illness specifically anxiety types of disorders. To give you idea, the Bea and Beck don’t meet in a stereotypical “meet cute” kind of way. Instead they meet when Bea is trying to calm Beck down after he suffers an anxiety attack at a school dance right at the start of the story. From the beginning this book isn’t afraid to really show the dark side of mental illness in particular obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders. Sure we all have our little quirks but when they start to interfere with how we function in our daily lives then it becomes a problem. This is highlighted especially when we meet the other characters in the therapy group that Bea and Beck attend and learn about the unhealthy and at times disturbing ways that they deal with their anxiety issues and problems. As a psychology major, I can tell you that the way the therapy group is portrayed in the book is pretty much what it’s like in real life although even I thought Pat was a bit pushy for a therapist.

Still maybe that was why I was eager to read this book after hearing what it’s about, I’m just drawn those stories about mental illness. And I’m glad I got the chance to read it early as this was definitely a unique approach to both contemporary YA and teen relationships. The first person narration from Bea’s perspective really gives readers in my opinion, glimpses into the mind of someone with OCD. And while this can be very educational and in its own way captivating it also makes parts of the story even scarier and creepier as the events of the story could happen in real life. Finally I’m glad that not all the loose ends in Bea’s story were tied up neatly by the end of the book as in reality there are no simple and/or “quick” fixes to something like mental illness, at least that’s what I think.

Linh

The opinions expressed in this review are my own; I did not receive any compensation in exchange for this review. I am currently accepting young adult fiction and adult fiction books that have a crossover appeal to young adults for review. If you have any questions or would like for me to review your book feel free to email me at lxlnguyen21@yahoo.ca.

 

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