Review: OCD Love Story

ocd love story

Rating: 4 Bookworms

Gooodreads Synopsis:

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.

My  Thoughts:

I found this book through Pulseit.com and since it was free and looked interesting I decided to give it a go. I was interested in learning how the characters would cope with their OCD and how that would affect them not only in their daily lives but also in their love lives.

Overall I thought that this book was a good summer read. Bea was a bit frustrating because even though she is going to therapy for her OCD she is not forthcoming about her symptoms which just makes them worse. I guess in a sense the author might have purposely made the reader frustrated because in reality some people may have problems facing their issues or even admitting that they have any. This could become very frustrating for friends and family who are trying to help.

I really found it interesting that a symptom of Bea’s OCD was stalking since I have never heard of that stemming from OCD before. Even though Bea wasn’t in love the people she was stalking she felt an obligation to protect them and make sure that no harm came to them. At the pinnacle point in the book her stalking became a very apparent problem not just to her but to the people around her which forced her to face her issues.

I enjoyed the fact that Beck was always trying to improve himself which eventually led to Bea trying to improve herself. Once Bea had that strong support system of not only Beck but also her mom and therapist it was easier to come to them with her obsessive tendencies and to try and tackle them. She realized that in order for her to conquer her OCD she couldn’t do it alone. In Beck she found someone that not only understood her but also her OCD. Together they found ways to not only help each other battle OCD but also found someone to love.

This book really encompasses what it means to have a little help from your friends to get you through the good, the bad, and the ugly. This gives us a glimpse into what it is like to suffer from OCD and the feeling that if only we do a ritual a certain amount of times everything will be okay.

I think that this is a job well done for this debut author.


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About the AuthorCkzQeP8z

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of YA novels, OCD LOVE STORY, LIFE BY COMMITTEEMAKING PRETTY, the middle grade novel, RULES FOR STEALING STARS and the upcoming YA novel FALLING GIRLS AND MISSING BOYS. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Corey has been working in children’s publishing since 2009.

In 2013, Corey was chosen as one of Publisher Weekly’s Flying Starts. Her books have been Junior Library Guild Selections, Indie Next Selections, and BCCB Blue Ribbon Selections.

Corey also teaches YA Novel Writing with Mediabistro and adapted her debut novel, OCD LOVE STORY into a high school play, which had its first run in Fall 2015.

Corey lives in Brooklyn with her dog, her fiance, and a wide selection of cheese.

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How My Summer Went Up In Flames Review

So I once again found this book on Pulseit.com and I’m glad I did. This website is really awesome because it allows you to read one free book a week in exchange for a review!

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How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Synopsis by Goodreads:

First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

My First Thoughts:

I skimmed over the synopsis when I first started reading so other than the fact that Rosie was going on a road trip I had no idea what this book was about. This added a new level of excitement for me because I had no idea what to expect going into it.

My Post-Reading Thoughts:

This was such a cute book! At the beginning I didn’t think that I was going to like it because Rosie was really annoying and nagged a lot but I think that was the authors intention. The story follows Rosies’ journey as she travels with 3 guys cross country. It shows how much she grows between New Jersey and California and by the end I absolutely adored Rosie! I love that she wasn’t perfect to begin with and that she realized that she needed to change her life around. Yeah, she made me mad at times but she was just trying to figure things out, kind of like everyone out there. Along the way she makes great friends, visits places she never thought she would see, and starts planning a better future for herself.

Slight Spoilers: I think, however, that the synopsis isn’t entirely accurate. She isn’t necessarily trying to win back her ex the entire time. When she is served with the temporary restraining order she wants to talk to win and figure out what is going on. She’s hurt and still a little bit in love with him but I would say that about halfway through their journey she realizes that he isn’t worth the trouble and moves on.

This book is the perfect summer read and I really couldn’t be happier with this book!

5 stars

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel

Golden Review

As with the previous book I reviewed I found this book on Pulseit.com and it just so happened to be that I had been wanting to read this book for a while so I was really excited to finally be able to.

Golden

 

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Synopsis by Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

My First Thoughts:

What could be better than a murder mystery in a small town? Nothing that’s what! My synopsis of this book hooked me and I knew that I couldn’t walk away from this book until I read the entire thing. Mystery, intrigue, romance the perfect ingredients for a good book.

My Post-Reading Thoughts:

So I was a little disappointed in this book, to say the least. I really expected way more action and maybe even a little bit of romance. I mean it is a murder mystery right? You would think that the cops would be involved or something remotely interesting with dire consequences, right? Alas, no such thing occurred. The dire consequence? Getting grounded by her insane mom. Romance? She sort of kissed her crush…and then did absolutely nothing. It was a whole lot of build up with no satisfactory results at the end. And, I mean, if three high school teenagers can solve a ten-year cold case then what the heck are the police doing in that town? There was no danger and absolutely no intrigue, Parker just follows the bread crumbs until she solves the murder and finds out what really happened to the golden couple. Overall it was a disappointment.

3 stars

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

 

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”  ― Carl Sagan

Linked Review

So I recently stumbled upon this awesome website: Pulseit.com by Simon and Schuster where once a week they post a free book for anyone to read! Exciting I know! So far I’ve read about 3 books and none have dissapointed but this one so far has been my favorite!

Linked

Linked by Imogen Howson

Synopsis by Goodreads

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

My First Thoughts:

I love that this book is about twins separated at birth! I think we all wonder at one point in our life, what if I have a twin out there somewhere? No you never have? Just me I guess… Anyways this book plays on that whole idea except these twins are psychically linked, oh and only one of them knows that the other exists! So cool! I really couldn’t wait to read this book and to see where the author took this book.

Post-Reading Thoughts (SPOILERS!):

Talk about action packed from beginning to end! These twins were constantly on the run, getting shot at, and sneaking onto spaceships! In this society, where there is no more Earth, the amount of kids you have is extremely restricted: No more than two kids and no twins. If parents are having twins they are not made aware of it, the doctors just take one of the babies at birth without consulting the parents. The link most twins are born with fades over time or is burned out by doctors with the kid being completely clueless as to what is really happening. I mean what! So crazy! Even though Elissa has grown up without her twin sister she refuses to leave her behind when she is reunited with her. The fact that she takes all these extreme risks to save her sister makes her the perfect heroine for me. She puts her life on hold if you considered being chased by the government on hold, risks her life and livelihood all for her sister. The action scenes are intense and have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. With some crazy twists in the plot and a little romance brewing this book is a great summer read.

There are no cry babies in this book only fighters. The characters are all really well developed even the seemingly insignificant ones, the author makes sure that the reader is able to connect with everyone. I really can’t wait to read the sequel to this book coming Summer 2014 yeah I know that is like forever away. I feel that the author did an amazing job engaging the audience and delivering a well written book. I really have no complaints about this book 🙂

4 and a half stars

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

 

“A book without words is like love without a kiss; it’s empty.” ― Andrew Wolfe

Walking Disaster Review

Hello fellow readers! I’m back with yet another review! Hope your day has been wonderful ❤

Walking Disaster

 

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

My First Thoughts:

So just like the synopsis says this is Beautiful Disaster from Travis’s perspective. I was kind of apprehensive about reading this book because I feared that I would be bored because I had read the book before so the scenes would be the same. I kind of hoped that this would be a continuation of Beautiful Disaster instead of just from Travis’s perspective.

My Post-Reading Thoughts:

So, as I suspected, I was kind of bored while reading this. I found myself skimming scenes in which I already knew what happened. Not only that some of the most exciting parts that I wouldn’t have minded rereading she skimmed over! It was like a pointless read, I already knew everything that was going to happen.

The only thing I truly enjoyed was the epilogue which, surprise surprise, wasn’t in the first book. So essentially I like the only new thing. Now it wasn’t terrible don’t get me wrong, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I like forward momentum with my books and you don’t get that here.

It was, at times, interesting to see things through Travis’s perspective because his thought process was easier to follow. Abby is kind of a hot mess so you never really knew where she stood but Travis is very clear with his feelings.

I wouldn’t run out and buy this book but if you’re bored and there’s nothing else to do then go ahead and read this book.

I give this a 3 out of 5 stars.

3 stars

 

 

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” ― L.M. Montgomery

Faster We Burn Review

Hey guys and gals! So I got the awesome opportunity to get an ARC ( advanced reader copy) of Faster We Burn by Chelsea M. Cameron. Needless to say I was super excited and really honored! So without further ado my review!

Faster We Burn

 

Faster We Burn by Chelsea M. Cameron

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Katie Hallman is done with douchebags. Done with guys who treat her like crap and leave her broken. But then Stryker Grant is there anyway. With his numerous piercings and bleached hair, he’s the polar opposite of all of her past relationships, which makes him the perfect candidate.

At first, Katie just sees him as a physical escape from her previous rocky relationship, and Stryker doesn’t seem to mind just being a distraction from Katie’s problems. But soon he’s getting under her skin, peeling back layers she’d rather keep covered. She tries to make it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, but keeps breaking her own rules.

Then a tragedy sends Katie into the only arms who are there to catch her, and she’ll realize that she needs him more than she ever thought possible. But is she ready to let herself trust another guy with her already-battered heart? Or will she push him away to protect herself from getting hurt again?

My First Thoughts:

Well obviously I was super excited to receive this ARC and having read the first book Deeper We Fall I knew this is was going to be a great book. While this is a sequel it can be read by itself, you just get some context by reading Deeper We Fall first.

Post-Reading Thoughts:

YAY! This book was awesomesauce! I love Katie and Stryker! They are so cute and amazing. They are always there for each other when things turn bad. I’m really jealous of their group of friends because they all genuinely care for each other to the point that it’s a little annoying in a cute way.

While Stryker may look like your stereotypical bad boy he actually has a huge heart and it’s cute seeing his defenses come down. Katie can’t seem to get a break  as everything around her is slowly falling apart but Stryker is there to hold everything together ❤ yeah that was super cheesy. 

All the characters are so well developed that I feel like I actually know them. I kind of wish that all the characters were real and that we were best friends. Nothing they do is a surprise because you know exactly how each one is going to react because you know them so well.

I really hope Cameron continues with her amazing writing (Trish really needs her own book, so does Will, and Simon..So yeah at least 3 more books!) But really guys you should check out this book! It’s out April 20th!

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

5 stars

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain

Deeper We Fall Review

WEEEE! So I’m back after taking a break to focus on school and work but I missed talking about books! While I’m not done with school I still want to get back to what I love because I need it! Hopefully when summer comes I can post a lot more consistently 🙂

 

Deeper we fall

 

Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

Synopsis by Goodreads:

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie’s face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves “To Kill a Mockingbird” as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can’t help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie’s discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

MyFirst Thoughts:

I first heard of Chelsea M. Cameron when I read her book My Favorite Mistake last year. I loved her style of writing and I immediately started looking her other books. The cover of this book, along with the synopsis, hooked me in and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

Post-Reading Thoughts (slight spoilers!):

So I really really really liked this book (okay maybe I love it!). It was really interesting seeing how  Zan and Lottie navigated their relationship given their history. When Zan reveals what really happened during the accident it definitely changes the dynamic of their relationship. I love how devoted Lottie is to her friendship with Lexie and how patient she is with her. I also love Zan as a person (well I guess technically ‘character’). He’s kind of like every girls dream: he expresses his emotions (!), he takes care of Lottie, and he really just wants everyone to get along and to move on from the terrible accident (that he feels absolutely awful about).

All the characters a very well developed and I truly felt like I knew them. From Katie, Lottie’s roommate, to Stryker, Zan’s friend, they all made a lasting impression with me. Chelsea Cameron seems to really know what she’s doing and is in tune with what YA readers need and want. I can’t wait for the next book to come out Faster We Burn, which is from Katie’s perspective. I am absolutely positive that it will be an amazing read! April 20 can’t get here fast enough!

I rate this book a 5 out of 5 😀

 

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” ― Gustave Flaubert