From Doubleday Canada: When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her—to play Batman to her Robyn—whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive . . .
The second Robyn walks into support group Adam is in love. To prove his love he’s going to save her, help her overcome her OCD. Nothing is more important than saving Robyn. But what about his own compulsions? Adam had thought he was was getting better, that his compulsions were more manageable, but the more he focuses on Robyn getting better, the further away from “normal” he seems to get.
Oh, this book! *clutches it to heart* Read it! The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten is incredible! Funny, sad and completely pitch-perfect, this is a book that makes you feel.
This isn’t a book about dealing with OCD. It’s about a teenage boy dealing with the highs and lows of first love and blended families…while, yes, dealing with mental health issues. Toten does an amazing job of putting you inside the head of someone with OCD without losing the character beneath his compulsions. Adam is a fully-fleshed out character that has you laughing and aching right along with him.
This book deals with some really tough issues, but it does it with heart and a lot of talent. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B should be part of every high school reading list.
I was 100 percent absorbed from start to finish. I know it had to come to an end…but did it really? I’ll definitely be reading more Teresa Toten—no question.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)