You guys! This was the perfect book to read at the end of the year. Part of me wishes I'd read it sooner because I just want to thrust it into the hands of so many students and say, "you have to read this!" In fact, I already said this to students when I was about half way through; I loved it that much.
Every Last Word is about a girl named Sam who has OCD. I was intrigued by this book ( and put it on my summer reading list! ) because I want a book to affect me and play with my emotions. Books that help me understand others and make me feel something -- those are great books and this is exactly that kind of book. Sam not only struggles with OCD but also things a lot of us can relate to: complicated relationships with friends, crushes, fitting in, finding out who she is, and coping with the struggles of high school.
Two of my favorite things were huge parts of this book: writing and music. Sam uses writing, particularly poems, as a way to deal with the stresses of her life and to seek understanding, mostly of herself but also, eventually, for others to understand her, too. She also relies on the power of music and has many playlists, which I love and really relate to. Below, I made a playlist of songs that specifically appear in Every Last Word.
The author, Tamara Ireland Stone, also made her own playlist of songs that inspired or were mentioned in Every Last Word, which I can't wait to listen to!
You would like Every Last Word if you like books that are . . .
Twisty (have a big plot twist)
set in high school
full of character growth
Personally, I loved this book and it is one of my new favorites. It reminds me of All the Bright Places because both are realistic fiction, have teen romances, involve and advocate for mental health, and help me understand others better. If you're looking for a great next read, I highly recommend Every Last Word !
"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green