Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publication: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
Read: May 2017
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.
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
I loved this book so much. This was a coming of age story about friendship, confidence and honesty. It talked about mental health and acceptance. The story was therapy positive and introduced poetry as an outlet. I loved the way it developed and was even surprised by some of the twists and turns.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing in this book is just so powerful and emotional. It’s poetic, and I love how poetry becomes an intricate part of the writing style as it becomes more important in the main character’s life. It’s easy to read and fun, the pace is steady which I really liked. It’s personable, honest and real.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I love the characters in this book! Each one just feels like a real, honest person with a tangible life and personality. They all made me fall in love with them for different reasons.
Sam is the main character and she has Purely-Obsessive OCD. Her point of view was very specific and very detailed which I enjoyed because it made it possible to try and understand what she was constantly going through. She’s quiet and a bit insecure. She keeps her struggles to herself until she starts to look into poetry. That helps her find her own and to become comfortable with herself more. She becomes braver and more confident and I just loved her growth.
There’s several side characters in this story, some that I love and that I was rooting for and others that I wanted to disappear haha. However, they’re all amazing, complex and well-developed characters. Though we only have Sam’s point of view, we also learn a lot about the lives of the side characters and what they’re going through. They are not just there to help Sam through her journey but as a part of an actual group of people that find solace in poetry and it was beautiful.