Review: Every Last Word

by - 6:08 PM

Genre: YA Fiction, Romance, Mental Illness
Year: 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

I really really wanted my first book of the year to be If on a winter's night a traveler, but I honestly couldn't get into it. I know YA fiction is always easy and entertaining to read, though, so I used Hoopla to check out an e-book! Their selection is somewhat limited, but the summary for Every Last Word seemed really interesting. I ended up reading the whole book in one night!

Every Last Word is about Samantha, a high school girl who has purely-obsessional OCD. Although she's popular at school and has a close circle of friends, she's terrified of what might happen if anyone finds out about her mental illness. The first day of the new school year, Samantha meets a strange girl  who she finally can open up to. The new girl wants Samantha to join a secret writing club with her, but there's a problem: one of the guys in the club hates her, and she doesn't know why.

Although a lot of these themes sound cliche, where this book really excels is in its portrayal of OCD. A lot of people are familiar with the compulsive part of OCD -- the rituals of hand washing and locking doors. However, people with OCD also deal with intrusive thoughts; for example, in the novel, Samantha holds a pair of scissors and can't stop thinking about cutting her friend's hair. It also positively portrays the relationship between a therapist and their patient.

There aren't any amazing speeches or beautiful metaphors in this book, but there is a lot of authenticity. I'd rather read something that feels real over convoluted purple prose any day, so I'd definitely recommend Every Last Word to anyone looking for a fast but meaningful read.

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