OCD Love Story
One doesn't usually find love at an OCD support group. Technically, though, Bea met Beck at a school dance the week before, when she talked him through a panic attack.
JLG Release: Nov 2013
Awards & Honors
Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2013, Fiction
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
School Library Journal
Bea first meets Beck when the power goes out at a school dance. Hearing Beck’s too-fast breathing and recognizing a panic attack, Bea goes to comfort him; the two share a kiss in the dark. They’re reunited in a group therapy session—they both have debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder. (Beck has r [STARRED REVIEW]
Bea first meets Beck when the power goes out at a school dance. Hearing Beck’s too-fast breathing and recognizing a panic attack, Bea goes to comfort him; the two share a kiss in the dark. They’re reunited in a group therapy session—they both have debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder. (Beck has rituals around cleanliness, the number eight, and over-exercising; Bea obsesses about safety and is currently fixated on Austin and Sylvia, a volatile adult couple she sees in her therapist’s office.) As the two begin dating, they must navigate their feelings for each other and the complications of their individual compulsions. Despite treatment and newfound support from Beck, Bea’s OCD seems to get worse, not better: her copious notes on Austin and Sylvia progress to full-blown stalking. It doesn’t take long for Bea—and her relationship with Beck—to spiral out of control, but, thanks to some leaps of faith and a lot of therapy, the teens get a happy ending. Haydu explores a sweet, unconventional romance alongside her characters’ well-known (but little-understood) disorder. Heartwarming, frequently funny, and wholly honest, this debut novel is, well, compulsively readable. KATIE BIRCHER
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5.6; Points: 13;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.5; Points: 21;