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Copies of the book, Every Last Word, are available at the Library. 

Reserve a copy online or call 570-784-0883.


About the book, from the author’s website:

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.

Praise for Every Last Word

“Very real… Will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” — Publishers Weekly

“A riveting story of love, true friendship, self-doubt and self-confidence, overcoming obstacles, and truly finding oneself. Sam’s story is so needed for all teens battling demons and overcoming them by confronting them head on.” — Melanie Koss, Professor of YA Literature, Northern Illinois University

“A brilliant and moving story about finding your voice, the power of words, and true friendship. I couldn’t put it down until every last word was devoured.” — Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club and We Can Work It Out

“I will share this book with my clients who suffer from OCD and even those who don’t. Samantha is a wonderful character. Every Last Word is an amazing read.” — Karen Blesius Rhodes, LCSW

“Every Last Word is brilliant, brave, and beautiful. I can’t wait for my readers to get their hands on this book. They’ll fall in love, just like I did.” — Kathleen Caldwell, A Great Good Place for Books

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the United Way of Columbia and Montour County, and the Bloomsburg Public Library.