Title: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health
Release Date: June 16th, 2015
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Hey everybody, today I am reviewing a book that has been on my radar for the past three years, that I finally bought a year ago and only just now read. I’m honestly glad I waited this long to read the book because I feel like I can appreciate it a lot more since I have more experience with books (this was my 199th read) and mental illness in general.
Starting the book, I had a little bit of trouble because of the writing style but I tend to have that problem at the beginning of a lot of books, but it really faded away after the first 30%. One of the things that I loved the most was her mental illness. I feel like Stone did a great job keeping her mental illness persistent during the entirety of the novel and never let it be played down.
The best part about this book really is the Poet’s Corner. It made the book really stand out and I loved reading more and more about it. Plus, I loved that Sam was a swimmer, I don’t know, I feel like we barely get swimmers in novels.
This book is told from the first perspective, and it gave me a perfect perspective of how her mind works. It obviously differed from usual brains, but it was amazing being able to hear her thoughts.
I feel like the most important point of this book was that Sam had a mental illness, but changing her environment really made her a lot happier, and that’s important to see. People really have more of an influence on you than you might think and this book did the best job really showing that.
I really feel like this book is a masterpiece. It’s without a doubt one of my favorites of the year and there are so many reasons. A well fleshed out character, a great perspective, a realistic take on OCD (especially with the therapy sessions), a unique extra edge (The Poet’s Corner somehow is my everything), a really adorable love interest and just a great overall story. I definitely recommend this book because reading a book from this perspective is really important and I love it. 🤗🤗
P.S. I cried so much at the end of the book, it was like Niagara Falls. I finished this book like 10 minutes before I fell asleep, and I woke up sick. I literally got sick from my crying 😂😂