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Hesser traces the arc of Tara's illness through several misdiagnoses, the expansion of her compulsive behaviors (obsessive prayer rituals and the need to touch the doorknob then kiss her fingers 33 times before leaving the house), and the reactions of her loved ones. Tara's sister responds by beating up anyone who makes fun of the compulsions, her anguished mother's answer is increasing violence toward her daughter, and friends alternate between acceptance and frustration. Deftly illustrating the depth of Tara's strained relationships, Hesser also addresses anorexia, shoplifting, drug use, and unsafe sex, subtly reinforcing the idea that these behaviors--though perhaps compulsions as well--are different from OCD in that they inspire some measure of enjoyment for the participant. Nominated by the Young Adult Library Services Association as one of 1998's Best Books for Young Adults, Kissing Doorknobs addresses a cutting-edge issue with grace, humor, and insight. While the novel refuses to make false promises, it provides an inspiring message of hope. (Ages 12 and older) --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent and easy read for older elementary and adolescents.Published 2 months ago by Lauren Dickie
This book was so good! Read it in two sittings. It's super informative and interesting and just a really great story. One of my new favourites :)Published 7 months ago by camryn
Great book. I read this when I was younger and found it to be helpful. Recently I bought it for a teen client.Published 7 months ago by L. Smith
I didn't really understand OCD, but I thought I did. I found the book to be disturbing and asked my granddaughter how much she identified with the subject of the book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Grandma Pat
It's Very sad but it's one of the BEST books I've ever read! If you haven't read it you should.Published 17 months ago by Madalyn Marsengill
I would recommend this book to anyone with OCD and the family and friends that're affected by
This disorder. Read more
The overreaching archetypes set for practically every character was a bit over the top. Tara is your typical girl-next-door with a raging case of childhood OCD and her "I fear... Read morePublished 23 months ago by BemisReviewsBooks
this book was really good and gets you interested in different ocd cases. it also keeps you interested through the whole book. i could hardly put it downPublished on September 10, 2013 by Maya Priscilla Nelson