OCD Love Story

OCD Love Story

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In this raw and relatable romance, Bea learns that some things just can't be controlled.

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he's her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can't stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic...and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she's obsessed.

Bea tells herself she's got it all under control. But this isn't a choice, it's a compulsion. The truth is, she's breaking down...and she might end up breaking her own heart.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 28mm | 416g
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3-c matte lam & spot UV printed case; 3-c gloss lam short jacket (2.5 inches tall w- 5-inch-wide flaps) glued in place
  • 1442457325
  • 9781442457324
  • 504,104

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"Warning: this book could cause obsessive compulsivereading. Funny, honest and real, OCD Love Story stars one of themost likeable narrators in recent YA fiction. Once you start this book, youwill find that, like Bea, you just can't help yourself." -- Patricia McCormick * author of Cut and Never Fall Down * *STARRED REVIEW "Debut novelist Haydu doesn't sugarcoat the difficulties of OCD or reduce her characters to a symptom list. . .to build a relationship with someone who's seen them as they really are, to move past shame into intimacy, makes the story that much more touching." * Publishers Weekly * "A raw and well-crafted alternative to run-of-the-mill teen romances that also addresses tough mental health issues head-on." * Kirkus Reviews * "A compelling portrait of teen behavioral disorders and the struggle to overcome or, at the very least, balance them." * Booklist * "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." * SLJ * "Bea is an engaging and empathetic character [and] her litany of repetitive thoughts and difficulty in managing them provide readers with a strong sense of what it must feel like to be trapped by compulsions. This unexpected, yet utterly realistic twist on traditional teen courtship will be appealing to those burned out on paranormal romance." * Shelf Awareness * *STARRED REVIEW "Heartwarming, frequently funny, and wholly honest, this debut novel is, well,compulsively readable." * Horn Book * *STARRED REVIEW "Bea is a completely endearing original, and the book manages to subtly steer her narration through denial of her condition to acceptance without ever losing her essential charisma . . . [She] remains witty, affecting, and ferociously individual throughout, and readers will delight to know her as they understand her-and possibly themselves-better." * The Bulletin *
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About Corey Ann Haydu

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of OCD Love Story, Rules for Stealing Stars, Eventown, and several other critically acclaimed young adult and children's novels. She currently teaches at the MFA Writing for Children program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter. Learn more at CoreyAnnHaydu.com.
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Rating details

4,125 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,088)
4 32% (1,302)
3 28% (1,150)
2 10% (404)
1 4% (181)

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OCD Love Story takes an in depth look at obsessive compulsive disorder, it doesn't just skim the disease, it shows what I would imagine it is like to have verified OCD. And it is not all fun and games. From the eyes of Bea, we get a girl whose disease is worsening before her eyes, and at first she doesn't really think that anything is wrong, but when she starts going to support group and meets Beck who is in the middle of his first full blown panic attack, which she is familiar with, she begins to see things through a new view. Including herself. We get a healthy dose of humor in this one, and Bea is very self deprecating, making light of things, but that is how she deals, and it also provides a bit of relief for the reader. We see many ways how OCD can work itself out and manifest, and dealing with anxiety myself, I feel for these kids. I see little bits of myself in them and I am so glad that I haven't crossed into that territory (yet and hopefully never). Bea grows as a character in this one, through her friendships, through her trying to be supportive family, her therapist Dr. Pat, and the support group. But it also shows that the battle with OCD isn't something you can take a vacation from. It is part of who you are and while meds and therapy can help, there is no real cure. So, it doesn't give a false view of the mental disorder in that sense, but it does show a sense of hope for the future, and for management. Though of course, Bea has to get to all time lows in order to accept that help, but you expect nothing less from a contemporary novel. Bottom Line: Gritty contemporary that faces mental illness head on with a side of humor.show more
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