March 12, 2015

Review: OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Title: OCD Love Story
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Genre: Mental Illness 
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Source: Purchased

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down...and she might end up breaking her own heart.

My Thoughts: 

Told with heart, OCD Love Story is a gritty tale of life with OCD. I really enjoyed this book. The author encompasses the struggles of OCD, and represents many diverse obsessions and compulsions that I have not seen in other books I've read about OCD.

This book also made me think about the struggles people who have OCD in real life have to undergo. OCD Love Story was very hard to read at times, and I think that was because of how accurately OCD was represented. (I don't personally have OCD but from what I've read on it, and from reading other reviews of this book that come from people who have OCD it seemed to be an accurate representation.)

I also really enjoyed the interactions between Beck (who I wanted to give a huge hug to) and Bea. I wanted them together from the start even though their relationship was cute but awkward, and even hard to read at times. I felt it demonstrated how OCD effects every aspect of life. 

OCD Love Story is no easy read. Don't pick this up if you are looking for a light-hearted and quirky contemporary. The focus is not on the "love story" that the title alludes to, but the OCD. For those looking for a more serious, heavy, contemporary with a focus on mental illness, this is for you. Although hard to read, it is a must read that stayed with me for a while. OCD isn't something light, or something to be romanticized, it is a serious mental illness, and thats exactly how it was handled in OCD Love Story. 


1 comment:

  1. I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds really interesting. I've been loving books that focus on mental health issues lately, so I definitely think I'll have to pick this one up!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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