Number of Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: July 23, 2013
“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.”
When I first picked this off of the shelves of my local library, I thought that I was in for a fun, quirky read.
Boy, was I wrong.
This book is far from the light read that I originally thought it would be- but I loved every word of it! Bea is a very likeable narrator who is easy to relate with, even though she has OCD. Her voice is realistic and the story captures the awkwardness as well as the wonderfulness of being a teenager. The other characters, like Beck and Bea’s best friend, Lisha, are excellently constructed as well. My heart ached throughout the entire book to help Beck, especially when his compulsions reached their peak. I could just feel Lisha breaking down as she slowly realized that she couldn’t emotionally handle having a friend with OCD anymore. All of the different emotions in this story- and trust me, there were MANY- were so intense and raw. This book is a rollercoaster of feelings right up until the very end (which, by the way, is AMAZING. I loved loved loved the ending).
I don’t have OCD, nor do I know anyone who does, however from an outside perspective this book seemed very realistic to me. OCD is a condition that is often taken lightly and joked about nowadays, but OCD Love Story made me realize just how serious and terrifying it can actually be. If you’re in the mood for an eye-opening, heart-achingly touching read, definitely check this one out!
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Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely! Especially if they enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. OCD Love Story sort of resembles that one, with the support group and the romance. This is not to say that they are the same, because they definitely ARE NOT, however there are some similarities that readers may enjoy.