OCD Love Story is an intriguing and honest book, written by Corey Ann Haydu.
When Bea meets Beck, she knows that he’s her type of crazy. He’s sweet, strong and kind of messed up, and that makes him able to understand 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 – someone who has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him and learning things about him. She has a whole journal full of notes on him. You could say she’s obsessed.
Bea tells herself she’s got it under control. But she hasn’t got a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down… and she might even break her own heart in the process.
I absolutely loved reading OCD Love Story. The storyline was incredibly gripping and I couldn’t bare putting down this book even for a second! I loved every moment I spent reading it and found myself completely enthralled in the story. From the very first page, I was curious to see what journey this book would take me on. I loved following the life of Bea and the other main characters and found that everything that happened was very interesting. There wasn’t one moment of this book that was boring. I found that OCD Love Story was perfectly paced and completely enthralling.
The plot of this book was a really interesting one. I haven’t read many books that involve people with anxiety and OCD and I found this really interesting to read about. The last book I read to do with anxiety was Girl Online, and before that, I don’t think I’ve read any books with the main character dealing with these types of issues. I loved learning more about anxiety and OCD and what it really is. I found that I actually didn’t know much about these two things before reading this book. I find that mental illnesses don’t get discussed that much, and therefore I really didn’t have a clue about what having anxiety or OCD might actually be like. If you read my post Girl Online – book review, you’ll know that I have friends with anxiety, but I still didn’t know much about what that meant until now. This book isn’t just a love story, which the title could imply. It deals with some really major issues and I enjoyed learning more about them. This book was not just an entertaining and enjoyable book to read, I really gained something from reading it.
I really loved getting to know the characters in this book. Bea was an incredibly interesting person to be in the mind of. Bea had anxiety and OCD, and seeing how her mind worked with this was incredibly fascinating. At times, it was also quite scary too. I imagined how I would be like in her situation if I were Bea, and I honestly don’t know what I would do in those intense situations. I liked seeing how Bea would react to certain situations. I really liked seeing her character development throughout the book. She started the book as someone who initially denied she had OCD and she thought her behaviour was justifiable and almost normal. She never thought she was as bad as some of the people she knew from her group therapy. As the book progressed, she eventually realised that she actually had a problem and needed to get a grip on it, before it took over her entire life. I liked seeing Bea work towards making herself a less anxious person and one without an unhealthy addiction of stalking someone she barely knew.
I loved the scenes between Bea and her friend Lisha. Lisha was a really fun character to be around. I loved the interactions between her and Bea. Lisha was supportive and tried to do anything to help Bea. As the book progressed, she realised that she wasn’t really in fact helping Bea. It was great to see how she slowly realised that by her trying to help Bea, was in fact doing the opposite.
Another character I loved getting to know was Beck. Beck was a really alluring person to be with. From the first time we were introduced to him, I wanted to know more about him. I loved learning the extent of his problems. In a way, it was devastating to see him reduced to a nervous pile of emotions with compulsions so strong that they couldn’t be ignored. When he had to say things eight times or do things for eight minutes, it really affected me emotionally. I thought of what it must be like for people living with OCD and really opened my eyes to what thousands upon thousands of people must have to live with on a daily basis. I’ve heard a lot of people have conflicted feelings about reading this book because they don’t know if OCD Love Story deals with OCD in the correct way. I don’t know if this book portrays OCD completely correctly because I’ve never experienced anything like that, but it seemed incredibly and frighteningly real and it definitely felt like the author knew what she was talking about. The OCD aspect of the book was really well done and it never felt fake or forced. I loved every second of reading this book.
Another aspect of this book that I really loved reading about was the group therapy sessions. Bea is made to go to these sessions with a few other people who also have anxiety or some issue similar. It was very interesting to see how all of these people dealt with their problems and why they were caused. These sessions in OCD Love Story kind of felt like the support group sessions in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I really liked also getting to know Bea’s therapist more as well. I was happy to see how much she was in the story towards the end.
Overall, I completely enjoyed reading OCD Love Story. I don’t have any negative feelings about this book whatsoever and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I’d give OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu a score of 10 out of 10. I would recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a book that deals with important issues and that is very satisfying to read!
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!