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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu: Mini Book Review

OCD Love Story
by Corey Ann Haydu
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-6081-2
Buy from Indigo

Description: When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down...and she might end up breaking her own heart

The Good Stuff
  • Wasn't sure I wanted to read as well the subject matter seemed very dark and depressing and well lets face it scary but the author's writing ability  and sensitivity hooked me in to keep reading
  • An excellent book for class discussions or book clubs.  
  • Such a hopeful ending
  • Well crafted and realistic characters that you come to love and hope that they can heal
  • Unique
  • I'm finding it really hard to write this review as this book brought about so many thoughts and emotions, yet I cannot find the words to express them.
  • Intense and uncomfortable, yet you feel so much sympathy for these characters - bravo Ms Haydu
  • There really is someone for everyone
  • Author takes what could be truly despicable characters and turns them into someone that you not only learn to accept, but to actually like and cheer for
  • Great opening line
  • Some seriously dark and twisted humour
  • Truly fascinating

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Uncomfortable to read at times as these are very damaged characters. Also uncomfortable as it makes you take a good look at some of your own issues
  • I really wanted to know more about how the characters became who they are - I found that it wasn't very clear
  • Intense - not a book i didn't want to put down - I had to put down and only read a few chapters at a time
  • Took a wee bit of offense that schools in Canada are safer than those in Canada - like Canada is some fairy tale place with no violence - come on we got problems here to people - but hey the lack of gun thing does help

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Therapists. Always asking the same question over and over in slightly different ways. They are, like, the Ultimate Thesauruses."

"Lucky for me, I don't get panicky in small dark spaces or anything. I'm a different breed of crazy."

"I think of everything and I'm pretty sure if I could use my organizational skills for something else, like wildlife survival kits or preparing people for nuclear warfare, I'd be a millionaire. Or at the very least actually a useful human being. But as it is, I just have a packed car and a lot of extra shit that makes me look like a sociopath."

"Good thing I have OCD, because that makes me totally anal enough to cover my tracks."

"Classes are letting out all over the building and I'm suddenly the center of attention in the hallway of the all boys' school. I've never been as desirable as I seem to be for these few moments. The standard of beauty change quite a bit when there's no one to compete with.'

4 Dewey's

I received this at the Simon and Schuster Book Blogger Party at Book Expo America 2013

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