Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Every Last Word @tamaraistone

Every Last Word
Title: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date:
June 16th 2015 by  
Format: Hardcover, paperback & Ebook
Disney Hyperion 
Source: complimentary copy via @netgalley in exchange of an honest review


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.

TAMARA IRELAND STONE is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as "an exciting debut novel" by Booklist and "a warm, time bending romance" by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films.
Her newest novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen girl with OCD who's hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Word is available now.
A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. For more information, visit her website at

Samantha suffers from Purely-Obsessional OCD but only she and her family know this. For the rest of the world she is a typical junior student, popular girl who loves to swim.

Underneath the facade of a normal girl, a world of thoughts and worries keep Sam awake at night and worrying during the day. Sam only wants to be normal and when she discovers a secret poets group this becomes a reality. However, living a double life is no fun. Lying turns into a habit when you can't tell your "best friends" about where are you going and what you are doing.

The author created a very solid character in Sam. She is dealing with a condition that consumes your life and if you or someone you know has some type of OCD, you will see that the author writes about it and the consequences-effects of it in an excellent form. OCD is no easy thing to explain let alone to write about it in a way that you can really understand what is like to live with it. Every aspect of Sam sounds real and you can feel her constant struggle. I liked her and I could understand why she was with the group of 'The Eights'. I also enjoyed reading about her evolving, somehow she finds a way to grow and truly be her with the help of some great people.

Caroline, the girl who takes her to Poet's Corner, is super sweet and she was great to Sam. Of course I have to mention A.J, he is amazing. He is a focused, loyal, loving and mature young boy who helps Sam in many ways.

In general, the plot and the story itself is really good and the writing makes it even better. It’s an excellent YA contemporary book with all the elements necessary to be loved by most readers.

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