New York Times Bestseller
- Northern California Book Award Shortlist
- Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist
- NCIBA Golden Poppy Award Winner
- Cybils Young Adult Fiction Award Winner
- Georgia Peach Book Award Winner
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens' Top Ten
- Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) Teen Reads Top Ten
- South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.---from the publisher
368 pages 978-1484705278 Ages 12 and up
Keywords: OCD, mental health, mental illness, high school, poet, friends, secrets, fitting in, popularity, belonging, being yourself, believing in yourself, self image, self esteem, self acceptance, peer pressure, loners and outcasts, poets, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old