Expected Publication: July 23, 2013
Format: E-Arc via Edelweiss
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Summary via GoodreadsWhen 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 ton 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 ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully written story about a topic that today is still very much not truly talked about. OCD Love Story is the story of Bea and her life dealing with her OCD. However Bea doesn’t think of herself as having OCD. While in counseling with other teens she thinks everyone else is way worse than she is and wonders why she is even though to begin with.
I initially thought this was going to be a LOVE story between Bea and Beck, but as a read it I didn’t come out seeing that at all. I mean they did date somewhat but I saw it more as a love story solely about Bea. I saw it that way seeing how by the end she comes full circle about her OCD. How she totally denies it because once she accepts it and becomes truthful with herself about it, it’s only then that she finally receive help and deal with all her issues.
I was completely happy with how the topic of OCD was dealt with. It wasn’t portrayed as something bad or something that “crazy” people deal with. It was dealt with honesty and recognized as a real disease and a mental disorder. Towards the end your heart couldn’t help but break a little for Bea when she is forced to face the truth about herself and her disease. It’s all about accepting and loving who you are.