“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.

Personal Experiences

I think I know why I love realistic fiction so much. Because – and you might think I’m crazy – the beginning of the book is not the beginning, it is a beginning. The end of the book is not the end, it is an end. It is a small – or large – sliver of the character’s life that relates to the reader in some way. It makes the reader feel that in the problems they are having, they are not alone. There is not anything that could happen to a person that has never happened before. 

Every Last Word showed a sliver of Sam’s life, at a time when things weren’t so great. I loved the extent that Stone takes OCD to. I knew that living with OCD was hard, but I didn’t know it was that hard. The romance was believable, and the the thought spirals were very well thought out. I read this book because a librarian gave me this recommendation because I’d read Turtles All the Way Down. And I have to say, John Green, you have found your match.


“Everyone’s got something. Some people are just better actors than others.”

“I didn’t go there looking for you. I went looking for me.” My voice is soft, low, and shaky. “But now, here you are, and somehow, in finding you, I think I’ve found myself.” 

“Mistakes. Trial and error. Same thing. Mistakes are how we learned to walk and run and that hot things burn when you touch them. You’ve made mistakes all your life and you’re going to keep making them.”

“I’m going to show you something that will change your whole life.”

Where to read Every Last Word

Indie Bound*

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.

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Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone," in {sereneharoon.com}, February 18, 2018, http://sereneharoon.com/2018/02/every-last-word-by-tamara-ireland-stone/.

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