Every Last Word

Every Last Word

eBook - 2015
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"Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781484706275
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (356 pages)

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Mar 28, 2019

this book was amazing. especially the plot twist at the end... definitely didn't see that coming. i would definitely recommend reading this book...you won't regret it.

Nov 12, 2018

I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to everyone. Tamara does a great job describing Sam's struggles with OCD while not giving it a bad name. Sam's story is really moving and heartwarming. Even though the story is still a slight bit clique it keeps you guessing though out the plot especially with the twist ending that I don't think anyone saw coming. It also touches on struggles many teens go through today in high schools such as insecurities, depression, and anxiety. I would like everyone to keep an open mind when reading this story because not every high schooler goes through the same things as Sam and other characters. Also just because Sam seems a certain way doesn't mean every person with OCD acts the same way as her. This is a well written romantic, and relatable story that is also very enjoyable.

Sep 11, 2018

AMAZING READ! I could totally relate and empathize with Sam (main character) and her struggle with high school acceptance. I could not put the book down and would highly recommend this book.

May 05, 2018

The book was lovely because it wasn't only a book about a teenager dealing with her OCD but growing up and learning that who she is now isn't who she really is and wants to be. The plot twist had me in tears because i loved that person so much it was real! Definitely would recommend

TSCPL_Miranda May 04, 2018

Sam struggles with OCD, but no one knows her secret. When she finds poetry, her life changes forever.
I really enjoyed this one! A lovely romance, a new perspective of a mental illness that I knew little about, and a real love song to the life saving power of music and poetry.

Jul 23, 2017

I thought the book was really good. I do wish the book could have added more aspects of what it's like to have OCD. I feel like it was definitely a part of the book but the story is about a girl struggling through it. I guess it could've been written more vividly. After the plot twist I couldn't put the book down.

Jul 16, 2017

BORING... a good twist at the end... but overall, BORING. OCD is barely even a part of this book.

Jan 10, 2017

This is one of my favorite books. It was one of those books that you want to finish reading, but at the same time you don't want it to end. It gave me a different outlook on life and people in general. Sam is such an interesting character that is easily relatable in the strangest of ways. I actually have a love of writing poetry and now I really wish that the 'Poet's Corner' at her school was real. This story changed my perspective and was just overall amazing-from the characters to the plot line. It was such a worth while read.


I enjoyed this book too much. I read it in one day.

Aug 25, 2016

Samantha is a young and popular girl in high school and has a secret she can’t tell anyone. While trying to maintain a perfect demeanor to the rest of the world, she is secretly battling with her brain as her OCD thoughts try and control her. As keeping it together becomes harder and harder for Samantha, she joined the poetry club where she felt at peace with her mind and was able to express herself in ways she never imagined. Intrigued by a mysterious poet named Caroline and smitten with A.J, Samantha is forced to question her conscience and perception, no matter how scary it is. This was a novel that sent chills down my back, from the realistic portrayal of OCD and the genuine romance. The ending felt fulfilling and I finished the book very satisfied. The plot was engaging and the twists are sure to shock readers. Rating:5/5
- @Iron_Rose of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book is a fantastic read for those who struggle with any type of mental illness or those who just want to understand others better. This book was a beautiful story about two people who struggle with their disabilities on a day to day basis, coming together. They supported one another, made each other stronger, and eventually changed each other’s lives for the better. It was a very inspirational story, about a reality that many people struggle with. I absolutely loved it, and it really helped me understand that it only takes one person to change someone’s life around.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone was recommended by one of my friends, and to be honest, I didn’t like it when I first started reading it. I wasn’t a fan of the author’s writing style, as it didn’t seem complex enough for me to fully enjoy the book; the storyline seemed very basic or common where the main character, Samantha, who is popular in her high school is actually wearing a façade to mask how damaged she is on the inside, and how later she finds the right path with the right people and changes into her real self. The first ¾ of the book were following this storyline which ceased to interest me, but when the book neared the end, the author popped something unexpected which intrigued me, and also surprised me. Overall, the book was structured and developed which was the reason I kept reading the book (and I’m happy that I did keep reading or else I wouldn’t have came across the plot twist). I recommend this book for ages 13 and up. I give this book a 3.5/5 star rating.
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Jul 19, 2015

After you left
I stared at the driveway
Feeling its emptiness
Wondering if you'd return.

After you left
I thought about your questions
Wishing I hadn't been so blunt
Wondering if I scared you away.

After you left
I remembered how you felt in my arms.
How you fit so perfectly there. Like my guitar.
Wondering if I should have kissed you when
I had the chance.

After you left
I sat in my room
Remembering all the things you said, and
Wondering about all the things you didn't.

After you left
I sat in silence.
Missing you in a way I didn't quite understand.
Wondering if you'd ever come back.


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