“Every Last Word” is an incredible book about what really goes on in some peoples life. It gives truth about how you may look at a kid and think there’s nothing wrong with their life but once they go home it could be a war. In this book you get to know Samantha McAllister, a typical popular girl. There’s only one thing, she’s not typical. She suffers from OCD and anxiety which makes life hard for her sometimes.
Tamara Ireland Stone (the author) does a great job of making these mental illnesses as true and real as she can. So many kids in the world suffer from mental disorders and illnesses. These disorders and illnesses can range from autism to depression or anxiety.
Throughout the book you see how Samantha changes when she’s with different friends. She becomes comfortable and even feels like she can share her secret about OCD and Anxiety to some of these new friends. Life is going great. At least until she finds out her best friend, Caroline, isn’t real and actually died. What makes this moment so great is the fact that this actually happens.
“Every Last Word” lets people understand what high schoolers and middle schoolers experience with drama. It also lets readers feel how Sam felt and experience her fears, excitements, loves, and tragedies.
If you were ever rude to someone it makes you regret it because it makes you think “There could be something going on in that person’s life that they don’t show.” Or if you are the person with the issue going on in your life, it shows you that you’re not the only one. There are other people out there in the world going through the same things as you. To me, that’s what makes this book so special and important. Anyone, no matter who they are can learn something from “Every Last Word” whether they’ll admit it or not.
Junior in high school, Samantha McAllister is struggling with figuring out who she is. She may be on the swim team, have perfectly brushed hair, and flawless makeup but on the inside, she is completely lost. Sam struggles with uncontrollable dark thoughts due to her Purely-Obsessional OCD. The only people she can talk to about her OCD with are her family and the therapist she sees weekly. Sam has never thought about telling her friends about her OCD because she doesn’t want them to thinks she’s weird and she definitely doesn’t want to lose her spot in the popular group.
When Sam meets a girl named Caroline in which she automatically connects with, she keeps their friendship a secret due to Caroline’s social status. Caroline show’s Sam to a hidden part of school that they call the Poets Corner in which students who don’t “fit” in can be come together and be themselves. Sam immediately feels more comfortable with them than she has ever felt with her popular friends. She begins to discover a part of herself she didn’t think she had. Everything is going well for Sam until there is a new reason for her to question her identity.
About the Author
Tamara Ireland Stone’s first job after college was being a public relations firm. Tamara was once a school teacher as well. She has always had a strong passion for journalism no matter how old she was. Tamara would come home from school and just write for 5 hours straight. Although she never planned on becoming an author because of the fear of others reading her work, she has now successfully written over 25 books. Every Last Word became the New York Time’s Bestseller. She based this story based off of a family friend who became diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Tamara wanted to learn more about this disorder and strived to relate and truly understand her. Tamara is now happily living in California with her 2 children, her husband, and her job as a full-time journalist.
Abduction! By Peg Kehret
I decided to read this book due to how the paragraph on the back of the book pulled me in, and gained my interest almost immediately. The art on the cover also set an intense scene which motivated me to read the book.
Before I started the book, I researched it online as I normally do before I begin a book. I do this so I can understand the background of the story. From the source I read off of, they made it clear that this book was directed towards younger kids, mostly 5,6,7 graders. However, I was first introduced into this book from one of my friends from my old school, who kept urging me to read it. I listened to his recommendation and read the book.
This book is set in several places in the US, mostly focused on one family called the Sholters. After the youngest in the family, Matt, was abducted, the family was in shock. They had no single clue or idea who kidnapped him. Matt’s kidnapper knew why he wanted Matt, and he does exactly so, leaving barely any clues behind him. Thus, creating a suspenseful plot, making the book nearly impossible to put down.
After reading the book for what seemed like five minutes, I looked up at the clock and realized I have been so into the book that I was reading it for already an hour. The story was extremely satisfying to read, with extremely realistic characters and a one-of-a kind story line.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is into suspenseful, thrilling books.