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Gr 9 Up–Bea, a high school senior, struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants to think of herself as a regular teen with a few interesting quirks, but as readers discover more about her past, it is clear that her problems run deeper than she is willing to admit. She falls for Beck, a boy in her therapy group who washes himself constantly and must do everything in groups of eight. Beck likes her, but he doesn't know that she spends her spare time eavesdropping on a musician and his wife, often following them back to their apartment building. Haydu has created a believable protagonist in this beautifully written first novel; however, it is sometimes difficult to view her with sympathy rather than alarm as her stalking behaviors escalate. And she is terrified that she will hurt someone, either by accident with her car or on purpose with a knife or other sharp object. Bea's head is constantly buzzing with intrusive thoughts and the irresistible need to perform the rituals that ease her anxieties. Revelations about both teens suggest that traumatic events in their lives triggered their OCD. Therapy figures prominently as Bea has breakthroughs and learns to manage her condition, but despite an upbeat conclusion, there are no magical answers. Beck and Bea's romance is sweet, though troubled. While this is not an easy story to read, teens fascinated by mental-health issues or unusual romances will find it hard to put down.–Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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After the lights go out at the high-school dance, Bea discovers fellow-student Beck in the dark, and she talks him through his panic attack. The teens meet again in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) group therapy. Beck is a repeater and a germaphobe—textbook OCD. Initially, though, readers might question whether Bea needs intense therapy or if hers is a case of her parents’ paranoia about behavior. In her debut novel, Haydu gradually reveals Bea’s anxious perspective and obsessions through therapy sessions and her relationship with her best friend, Harvard-bound Lisha. Readers will easily accept what might, in the hands of a less skillful writer, seem like plot conveniences and connect with the well-drawn Bea and Beck. A compelling portrait of teen behavioral disorders and the struggle to overcome or, at the very least, balance them. Grades 8-12. --Gail Bush

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442457325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442457324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bea knows she's crazy. She'll admit that much, as she stands around at a school dance, helping the mysterious Beck through a panic attack. If she were normal, she wouldn't be visiting a therapist every week or recording the lives of two fabulous strangers, Austin and Sylvia, in an ugly notebook every chance she gets. She wouldn't have a scrapbook of articles devoted to horrible accidents and deaths either. But talking to a guy at a dance, even a possibly crazy one, must at least be a good sign, right?

She thought she was getting just a little better, that she wasn't a complete weirdo. So when her therapist moves her into group therapy, it all comes as a slap in the face. On the good side, she finds herself face to face with Beck. The bad side? She's been given a handful of OCD pamphlets to read through.

Even as she struggles with her OCD diagnosis, Bea slowly begins to fall in love with Beck and comes to think that at least with that, she isn't all that crazy. But will her stalker compulsions towards another guy she's never even talked to rip away her one piece of normalcy?

What I loved about OCD LOVE STORY was its honesty. Page after page, Corey Ann Haydu creates a character who lays out the situation as it is --- no flowers, no beating around the bush and no hiding from the ugly truth of the matter. Through Bea's lighthearted, pleading voice, Haydu creates a story that takes itself, and the issues it brings up, seriously. I fell in love with Bea's character right away for that honesty and voice. Though Bea played up the idea of stereotypes, she never was one. Her character was unique and interesting. The voice was very real, and I instantly began to sympathize with her and connect with her.
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want to give Corey Ann Haydu props for writing an informative, well written YA read. I know a little about OCD, but this read opened my eyes to certain aspects that I just had no clue about. Those that were concerned that the author wouldn't do it justice can rest easy. With that said, OCD Love Story wasn't as engaging, overall, as I was hoping it would be.

Let's talk about the main characters first. Bea was scary in a way. It's funny because she spent a lot of time worrying that maybe there was some unspeakable horror inside of her just waiting to break free. I of course didn't feel that way at all. I even found myself saying out loud that she was way off base, and she was. But as the story progresses and the author shows you the different ways that Bea's illness can manifest, you can't deny that there's a very creepy side to it. Still, I enjoyed getting inside Bea's head and trying to make sense of her and what triggered her illness.

Beck wasn't as interesting, but I thought he was a more typical case of OCD in that he represented the aspect that I am most familiar with. Between the MC's and all of the cases explored in this book, I was very intrigued by the glimpse we get of what it's like to live with OCD.

The plot was very simple and moved rather slowly. As such, it took me a while to get through the book. The writing style was really good, but the story itself didn't draw me in. I felt like I was reading a non fiction book for imformative purposes in a lot of spots. The combination of OCD and a fictional love story didn't quite come together as seamlessly as I would have liked.

All in all, I would recommend this book for those that would like to read a YA read that's different in that it's mostly informative instead of entertaining.
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So here are the catch words I wrote down after finishing OCD Love Story: intense, harrowing, anxious, stressful, cringe worthy, heart racing, sad, hopeful. I felt ALL of these emotions as I was reading this book. It's a tough read. Or at least it was for me. It reminded me a bit of Hilary T. Smith's Wild Awake, especially the parts of that book where protagonist Kiri is in full-on manic mode. The difference is that in OCD Love Story, protagonist Bea is pretty much ALWAYS like that. Always full of anxiety. Always compulsing and obsessing over things and people in her life. It was hard to read because I rarely had time to catch my breath. It just kept going on and on. Which is probably why I had to take a step back from the book as I was reading it. I think I put it down for almost a month before picking it back up again and finishing it.

Now I don't want to give the wrong impression. I didn't walk away from the book because it's bad, because it's not. In fact it is extremely well written. Corey Ann Haydu definitely has her writing chops in check. I walked away because of the intensity. It was HARD to be in Bea's mind for long periods of time. It was exhausting. I felt super stressed out as I was reading. And I'm betting that that is exactly what Haydu was going for when she wrote this book.

My personal experience with OCD and other anxiety disorders is pretty limited. I do have a distant family member who has been diagnosed with compulsion issues and I can tell you it is not easy being around him. It's the same with Bea and Beck in this book. Both these kids were to me VERY likable characters. And very sympathetic characters. The thing about Bea is she KNOWS how out of hand her behavior can get.
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