Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
What did you like about the book? An important story that tackles agoraphobia, anxiety and OCD all in one fell swoop. Norah is housebound, terrified of staircases, and is rocked by turbulent thoughts and images on a near constant basis. Despite the fact that she is dealing with a horrifying illness, it will be easy for teens to relate to her. However, I didn’t feel that the romance was welcome. Is mental illness cured by a little heart-to-heart action? I don’t think so. To be fair, the romance with the boy next door doesn’t take the reins and guide the entire story to its end. There is quite a bit of character development as Norah shares her daily struggles and challenges with her readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Predictability. Subject matter is uncomfortable at times.
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of Everything, Everything and OCD Love Story
Who should buy this book? Libraries where realistic fiction is popular
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kasia Piasecka, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth, MA
Date of review: 2/20/17