OCD Love Story

By: Corey Ann Haydu

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.

ISBN: 9781442457324

JLG Release: Nov 2013


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Underage drinking, Smoking
Topics: Obsessive-compulsive disorder , Psychotherapy , Relationships

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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, a high school senior, struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants to think of herself as a regular teen with a few interesting quirks, but as readers discover more about her past, it is clear that her problems run deeper than she is willing to admit. She falls for Beck, a boy in her therapy group who washes himself constantly and m Bea, a high school senior, struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants to think of herself as a regular teen with a few interesting quirks, but as readers discover more about her past, it is clear that her problems run deeper than she is willing to admit. She falls for Beck, a boy in her therapy group who washes himself constantly and must do everything in groups of eight. Beck likes her, but he doesn’t know that she spends her spare time eavesdropping on a musician and his wife, often following them back to their apartment building. Haydu has created a believable protagonist in this beautifully written first novel; however, it is sometimes difficult to view her with sympathy rather than alarm as her stalking behaviors escalate. And she is terrified that she will hurt someone, either by accident with her car or on purpose with a knife or other sharp object. Bea’s head is constantly buzzing with intrusive thoughts and the irresistible need to perform the rituals that ease her anxieties. Revelations about both teens suggest that traumatic events in their lives triggered their OCD. Therapy figures prominently as Bea has breakthroughs and learns to manage her condition, but despite an upbeat conclusion, there are no magical answers. Beck and Bea’s romance is sweet, though troubled. 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.—Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, OR

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[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 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

Book Details

ISBN

9781442457324

First Release

November 2013

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 21;

Lexile

Level 850L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Underage drinking, Smoking

Topics

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Psychotherapy, Relationships,

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