Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health, Romance
Pages: 368

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.




  • New York Times Best Seller

  • Northern California Book Award Shortlist

  • Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist

  • Cybils Young Adult Fiction Award Winner

  • Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Winner

  • YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Winner

  • Florida’s FAME Teen Reads Top Ten

  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee

  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis/German Children’s Literature Award Shortlist

  • Buxtehuder Bulle German Youth Literature Award Winner


Clueless meets Dead Poets Society with a whopping final twist.”  Kirkus Reviews

“A thoughtful romance with a strong message about self-acceptance… Eminently readable.”  Booklist

“Very real… Will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”  Publishers Weekly

“This is such a gem in contemporary Young Adult literature; I urge you to pick it up and read it. Every last word.” — Everyday eBook

“This tender novel shows how powerful and helpful the brain can be under stress without being clinical or detached. This book is highly recommended.” – VOYA Magazine

“A riveting story of love, true friendship, self-doubt and self-confidence, overcoming obstacles, and truly finding oneself. Sam’s story is so needed for all teens battling demons and overcoming them by confronting them head on.” — Melanie Koss, Professor of YA Literature, Northern Illinois University

“A brilliant and moving story about finding your voice, the power of words, and true friendship. I couldn’t put it down until every last word was devoured.” — Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club and We Can Work It Out

“Poignant and engaging… from the first page to the last. A story of transcendence and the power of the human spirit.” — Dr. Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D

“I will share this book with my clients who suffer from OCD and even those who don’t. Samantha is a wonderful character. Every Last Word is an amazing read.” — Karen Blesius Rhodes, LCSW

“Romantic, unpredictable, relatable, and so very enjoyable. This important story must be made into a movie.” — Arnold Shapiro, Oscar & Emmy-winning Producer

“Every Last Word is brilliant, brave, and beautiful. I can’t wait for my readers to get their hands on this book. They’ll fall in love, just like I did.” — Kathleen Caldwell, A Great Good Place for Books


“Once again Tamara Ireland Stone blows me away with incredible characters and a story I couldn’t put down. Put this one on your to be read list immediately and then hide away where no one can interrupt you while reading. It’s such a poignant, beautiful story.”  Jaime Arkin

“Gorgeously written and real. Writing my review for Every Last Word won’t do the story justice. It’s one that you need to go into and see for yourself just how truly poetic it is. I’ve been inspired, I fell in love and not in the way you might think, and best of all I felt like I wasn’t alone.”  Jessica

“An exceptionally well-written, beautifully-told and incredibly moving story. Inspiring and uplifting and utterly enchanting…. peppered throughout with some truly fantastic poetry. It delivers a love story that will make readers smile. And it adds a twist that is sure to surprise. It is a gorgeous and amazing and unforgettable must-read.”  Fiktshun

“SENSATIONAL. The problem with my thoughts right now is that I cannot actually come up with the proper words to convey how this book makes me feel. Somewhere between introspective, enamored and thoroughly, thoroughly impressed. I want to hold Sam’s hand and be someone else’s Caroline right this instant. Five stars and all the glue sticks shall be awarded to Every Last Word.” — Jenna

Every Last Word was intoxicating, I inhaled it within 3 hours. Watching a character overcome the struggles of life and grow into someone strong and confident is such a powerful, encouraging, and inspiring thing to see. Anyone else feel like writing poetry after this book? because I’m about to go grab my pen.” Amanda



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