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OCD Love Story Hardcover – July 23, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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OCD Love Story is the best novel I read that captures the true nature of living with OCD, and I have lived with OCD for 43 of my 51 years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Josie Z
I love this book so much it really takes you into the brain of an ocd person. heart wrenching yet perfect love storyPublished 7 months ago by Lynne Walters
A few people (and the blurb on the back of the book) told me this was a funny book, but I think we read different books or have different definitions for "funny". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chasia Lloyd
A very poignant and real look at how for someone with OCD, thoughts and actions can move from a snowball to an avalanche at lightening speed. ❤️Published 8 months ago by jody holford
One of the most immersive reading experiences I've ever had. Bea's head space is raw, frustrating, layered, overwhelming; every time I took a break from reading I felt bad knowing... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Catey
I originally started reading this last year as a free pulseit.com e-book but ran out of time before getting very far into it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elyse
High school senior Bea suffers from a compulsive form of OCD that, among other things, causes her to fixate on a person and stalk him. Read more
It's right there in the title: OCD. Yet somehow I never expected to learn as much about OCD and how it would feel to have OCD as I did. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peggy Eddleman