Waiting on Wednesday: EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone
Jan 7th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Waiting on Wednesday: (A meme started by Breaking the Spine)


by Tamara Ireland Stone

Hardcover, 368 pages

Pub. date: June 16, 2015

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

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From Goodreads: 

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 the 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.

Why am I excited for this?

Cover: No, this isn’t the reason why I’m excited for this novel, but I do think it’s really cool!

I am a huge fan of Tamara’s. Loved her YA novels Time Between Us and the sequel, Time After TimeShe writes strong, memorable characters, and from the description above, I have no doubt that Samantha is going to be another one of those characters. Read Tamara’s books, and I have no doubt you’ll be swept into the story.

I talked with Tamara while this was a WIP (work in progress) and she was so excited about it. I know Samantha was inspired by a teen Tamara knows, and what better way to infuse authenticity? There’s romance too, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out. Poet’s corner? How exciting is that. I know I’ll love this aspect of the novel.

OCD: What an important topic to show in a YA novel! Knowing Tamara, it’s going to be handled with compassion, authenticity. So important.

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