Just finished this fantastic young adult novel. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
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.
Okay, so first things first. I love Corey Ann Haydu’s writing style. She’s fun and quirky. Which is definitely needed because this book is a smidge heavy. By young adult standards. Think 15+. Her attention to detail is insane- if you don’t know what it feels like to be really anxious, you will get a taste of it in here.
It’s also her debut novel, so congrats!
ANYWHO. Here’s the short of it. This is isn’t a standard young adult romance. There are real issues going on in this novel. Our main character, Bea has OCD along with the other kids in her support group. Her love interest has OCD too. It’s not pretty. Haydu does a fantastic job of capturing anxiety on paper. Bea is just that perfect amount of quirkiness that I like. She’s got some SERIOUS issues but her character was a good balance of strong/flawed so I couldn’t get TOO mad at her when she was doing her compulsions.
If books with characters with mental illnesses aren’t your thing, I say skip it. But really, just give it a try. I really think more books need to be like this, especially in the young adult sector.
P.S- I really enjoy the cover.
3.5 out of 5 stars.