Highly recommended to me by several fellow bloggers, I'm so glad I decided to give it a chance. I've read several YA books over the years, but this one is exceptional and should be on everyone's reading list.
This book deals with some heavy topics, including mental illness and anxiety. Sam's story is truly moving and beautiful, and the author does an outstanding job with her portrayal of OCD and how it affected Sam's every day life. It's hard enough being a teenager, but even harder when you're hiding a debilitating disorder, just to fit in with the crowd. I loved watching Sam's growth throughout the book, how she learned to deal with her disorder, and what makes her truly happy and anxiety-free.
Although there is a wonderful love story incorporated in this book, it's not the focus, and that's what made this book so exceptional. I wanted to see Sam's acceptance of herself, her learning how to be herself and be truly happy.
This is the type of story that will consume you. You will fall in love with so many of the characters, and won't want to see the book end. Beautiful and moving, I finished with happy tears and can not recommend it enough as a must read to all YA contemporary fans.