STONE, Tamara Ireland. Every Last Word. Disney-Hyperion. June 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781484705278.
Gr 8 Up –IT WAS SO AMAZINGLY PERFECT!!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING BEYOND BELIEF. I’M SORRY FOR ALL YOU CONTROL FREAKS WHO MAY BE READING THIS AND GOING NUTS BECAUSE THIS IS IN ALL CAPS, BUT I WANTED THIS REVIEW TO BE SEEN BY ALL, AND SO THAT I COULD GIVE YOU THIS ONE LAST MESSAGE: I DARE YOU TO READ THIS BOOK WITHOUT FLIPPING AT THE TWIST ENDING. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET I REALLY THINK YOU SHOULD BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME AND AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL AND I’M SORRY FOR MY LACK OF GRAMMAR I’M JUST SO VERY HAPPY THAT I GOT THE AMAZING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE TO READ THIS.
The story is so beautiful that I would love to just sit down and have a coffee with the person this book is based on. And if I could, I would sit down with the main character.
Samantha, a sophomore in high school, was diagnosed with OCD at age 11 and has been on meds ever since. Keeping a secret this big from her popular friends is harder than it looks, with Sam’s mind trying to find a way to start the spiral of horrible thoughts she just can’t turn off. Then she meets Caroline, a school outcast who shows Samantha her poet’s corner, a place where you can write without being interrupted, cry without being judged, and be in an environment that will keep you from losing yourself. It’s a place where Sam needs to slow down, think, and understand. Her life begins to take new shape, with her avoiding her old popular buddies while she falls for the hot guitar-playing guy named AJ, which is the same guy she teased nonstop in fourth grade and made him switch schools. But beware, this book has a twist ending so crucial and unexpected, that you may find yourself crying and hurting for the main character beyond control. I know I did.
OH. MY. GOSH. This book was THE story of my life. A doctor hasn’t certified that I have OCD, but I do feel exactly like Samantha, the main character, at times. That made it much more scary. I thought when picking this book up “Well my name is Samantha, maybe it’ll be a good book, I don’t know let’s just try it out” but after finishing it, I think my life has changed forever.
This book is guaranteed to become the next Fault in Our Stars. It has everything: A twisty ending, character conflicts so heartbreaking you wish you loved the book a little less so you could put it down and read something else; romance, poetry; it’s so heartbreaking and humorous at the same time you’ll want to DIE, and the most serious, most correct sequence for life. If this book hadn’t been certified fiction, I would have lived the rest of my life out thinking it was real. No joke. I love this book so much, and I don’t often say that about books.—Sam G., 14
No words to express how much I love this review. And her name is Sam! Just… perfect. Thank you, Sam and School Library Journal!