A World Without You
Young Adult / December 23, 2016

Author: Beth Revis. Summary: What if finding her means losing himself? Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.” At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofía, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Soíia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofía, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time—that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it’s his job to save her. And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save…

Every Last Word
Young Adult / August 24, 2016

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone. Summary: Words have destroyed Samantha’s life. Black, spiraling thoughts that she can’t always control bind her into an OCD prison that she hides from her popular friends and goes to weekly therapy to keep under control. Now, words may build her life back up again. After making a new friend and finding the secret Poet’s Corner, things seem to be taking a turn for the better. And writing nightly poetry is helping Samantha open up and stop walling herself in. But if her friends, the popular group, found out – they’d kick her out for sure. And how can she keep the secret from her therapist? Life may at last be looking up, but Sam still has plenty of problems. My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure about this book at first, for Sam seemed irritatingly stupid – why would anyone hang out with the girls she calls friends? But as I got into the book, it became engrossing, and I was loving it by the half-way mark. Every Last Word is a carefully researched story that shows vividly what it’s like to suffer from Pure-O OCD. It also deals with the topics of peer pressure, fitting in,…

Calvin
Young Adult / August 18, 2016

Author: Martine Leavitt. Summary: As a child, Calvin felt an affinity with the comic book character from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes. He was born on the day the last strip was published; his grandpa left a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib; and he even had a best friend named Susie. Then Calvin’s mom washed Hobbes to death, Susie grew up beautiful and stopped talking to him, and Calvin pretty much forgot about the strip—until now. Now he is seventeen years old and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Hobbes is back, as a delusion, and Calvin can’t control him. Calvin decides that Watterson is the key to everything—if he would just make one more comic strip, but without Hobbes, Calvin would be cured. Calvin and Susie (is she real?) and Hobbes (he can’t be real, can he?) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track down Watterson. (Goodreads summary.) Content Review: Sexual content: Low. Two kisses, a boy and girl sleep in the same tent alone through necessity, one mention during a (compliment? Discussion? Hard to tell) of the part of the brain that stimulates sexual impulses. Language: Very low. Violence: Some school-boys steal…