**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date: 6/16/15.
Sam(antha) is suffering from OCD and tries to hide it from everyone in her life, even her closest friends, who are kind of mean girls….until she meets Caroline and is introduced to the Poet’s Corner. Her new friends allow her to open up and feel more normal and healthy than she ever has. She even finds love with someone she would never expect. All is going well, until she discovers a horrible secret about her new friend, and herself, that she thinks will be the end of her new relationships and confidence, and possibly even her sanity. She has to come to terms with how to accept herself, flaws and all.
This is another important, impactful story about mental illness in teens. But, you don’t have to be a teen to enjoy and/or relate to the story. Everyone has something that makes them “weird”, so everyone can relate in one way or another to Sam. I will be adding this to the books I recommend for bibliotherapy and just for good reading. I have already added it to my “to-purchase” list for next school year and will be offering it up to students with my own personal endorsement.
My rating: 5/5