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Publisher's 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 the 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.

©2015 Tamara Ireland Stone (P)2015 Ideal Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

“Clueless meets Dead Poets Society with a whopping final twist.” ( Kirkus Reviews)
“A thoughtful romance with a strong message about self-acceptance, [this] sensitive novel boasts strong characterizations and conflicts that many teens will relate to. Eminently readable.” ( Booklist)
“Sam’s life begins to change on the first day of her junior year when a mysterious student introduces her to the Poet’s Corner...There Sam finds artistic freedom, love, friendship–and a problem more frightening than any she’s faced before. Rubinate’s characterizations and a surprising ending enhance this story.” ( AudioFile Magazine)

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Nothing Special

Interesting premise to select a girl suffering from OCD as the protagonist. However, this is not an in-depth analysis of the crippling side effects of the disorder, yet a thinly veiled attempt to add dimension. Typical story where cool girl falls for outcast with a twist so obvious from the start, I felt manipulated.

This could have been brilliant, but it's banal and the ending is implausible; don't need a Ph.D. to decipher that. Narration was bland and did not feel connected to any of the characters.

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Great story, irritating narrator

This is one book that I would have enjoyed more in print. Usually narrators bring a story to life for me, but in this case the narrator was so irritating it actually deadened the story. The Valley Girl-type affectation and the habit of stretching syllables into different pitches and sighs was incredibly distracting and the cadence and rhythm was the same no matter what emotion was being conveyed. Props, however, to the author. The story was clever and well-researched.

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Ugh

I could only get through a half hour before the droning on annoyed me so much I had to stop. Not the least bit interesting in fact quite the opposite boring and wordy. Definitely not recommended.

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terrible narrator

i didn’t even get to listen to this book. the narrator is an automatic voice and is not something i want to listen to. do not think you should listen to this book if you can’t stand robot people talking.

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Great story read by a valley girl.

Great book for YA but the narrator's voice is so affected, I could hardly stand it. It was like listening to a 1980's valley girl. But the storyline was terrific.

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OCD like you've never seen it!

What made the experience of listening to Every Last Word the most enjoyable?

This will be another book I suggest to #yearofya May chat and I just loved Audible's Amy Rubinate as she narrated Samantha (Sam's) grappling with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) from the age of 11. Sam decides to keep this secret from her friends, who are not really nice girls, and there is a slippery slope in the pecking order of their friendship. So things begin to change when one day a girl a few lockers down talks to Sam in school and as she gets to know Caroline, Sam begins to see what a true friend is. I liked how vulnerable Sam was but how strong she was when it came to swimming, confiding to her doctor in weekly sessions and trying to control her OCD's dark thoughts and obsessions. I learned so much about this disorder from this book and the author has a NOTE at the end with important information. A great read for students, teachers and guidance counselors! Highly recommended!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Samantha because she was so believable with her friendship with Caroline, her relationship with her doctor/therapist, her poetry, her family. I understood how important her friends were & even though they were toxic, Samantha could not talk to them about their failings and her insescurities.

What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Amy Rubinate's voice; she was perfect for Samantha as a character who is insecure, obsessive, and as the story continues delusional and then as the story ends, her voice is one of strength and happiness.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What? You got a problem with obsessions?!?

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Good book!

i love this book! but i feel sometimes the reader was too... Robotic and unfeeling... it was annoying at times but i absoloutly love this book.

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Loved this!

Loved this book! I can definitely relate to the character in the story and am so glad I picked up this book. It’s very helpful!

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Robot voice, much?

My daughter and I tried so hard but we could not tolerate the monotone robotic sounding voice of the reader. It sounded like a computer was reading it, for real. There goes my one book...no way we’ll be able to listen to any more of it.

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chilling and emotional

this book really captivated my whole attention, and i was drawn to the fact that i could relate to the humorous commentary of the narrator, as well as the fact that i enjoyed the plot twists. this is my favorite book to this day, i honestly listen to it all the time- it never gets old!