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Chapter One Teen Review: Every Last Word

Looking for your next favorite teen read? Check out this Chapter One review for Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone...

Humor, tragedy, mental illness; this book has it all! It tells the story of a teen named Sam who is dealing with OCD and trying to hide it from her "friends." Stone does an outstanding job of making the struggles of a not very ordinary girl relate to the struggles of the everyday teenager. Sam struggles with who she is and who she sometimes pretends to be. She battles with deciding to stay with the popular crowd or transitioning to hanging out with a group of outcasts bound together by poetry. Stone makes you laugh, cry, and think about your friends and yourself. Truly, this book deserves to be treasured for decades to come. I would personally recommend this to friends, teachers, and family members.

-Amelia R.

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Amazon Says: New York Times Bestseller If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls i more...
Amazon Says: New York Times Bestseller 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. less...
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