“When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands 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…and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.
Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down…and she might end up breaking her own heart.”
Unfortunately, there are things in this world that we cannot control. Yet for some odd reason, that does not sit well with us imperfect creatures and we begin to find ways to obtain control, or what we perceive to be control. This need or rather this obsession, to control our surroundings is what ultimately leads to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I would not want to lie and say this book is enjoyable, especially for me. To better clarify, this book kind of hit home for me since I do or did have OCD. I do not obsess the way I used to but it never really goes away so you learn to manage and I think that is exactly what this book about, learning to manage your own kind of OCD.
I also think OCD Love Story is a story where love is presented in its original and truest form. It is a story about learning to accept a person for exactly who and what they are and loving them just the way they are, wholeheartedly. And mostly, I think it’s about realizing that you can’t be but so “crazy” so long as somebody loves you and accepts you.
Our two less than normal lovers meet in a black out of a school dance where Bea finds Beck having his first panic attack. She manages to talk him through and finds herself attracted to him, despite knowing what he looks like and ends up kissing him. Things do not go well from there, despite the fact that he kisses her back and Beck makes his escape.
Bea tends to have these compulsions where she has to say or do whatever is on her mind or thus she will combust. This leads to the fear that she is a danger to others because of her lack of control and she forcibly drives around thirty miles per hour and prefers not to be around sharp objects. And whenever things get too out of her control, she pinches her thigh; as if to keep the compulsions at bay even though this in and of itself is a compulsion.
Dr. Pat, her therapist, suggests she go to group therapy so that she can see that there are other teenagers with problems such as her. Bea is reluctant but she goes. And it is at group therapy where she sees Beck again.
There she learns that Beck is a compulsive health nut/germaphobe. He must wash his hands repeatedly in secessions of eight and he has to work out a lot. There are also others in the group. Jenny, who is nearly bald from pulling out her hair; Rudy, who picks at his face; and Fawn, who just never seems comfortable, always moving her chair around to find the perfect spot. As far as Bea is concerned, she is the normal one in the group and in fact, she is not OCD at all but as she will soon discover, she and these “freaks” (her words, not mine) have more in common than she would like. And maybe she is the craziest one of them all.
Yet love does not see the crazy. In fact, it embraces it. Now knowing what he looks like; piercing blue eyes, a body built like Arnold Schwarzenegger and a smile with the cutest dimples, Bea is still, if not more in love with Beck and the feeling seems mutual. But will it be after he learns what her real compulsions are?
I think there is a lot to be gained from this novel. Personally for me, I learned that I wasn’t as “crazy” as some and also, that what I had or have is manageable. Yet most importantly, OCD Love Story teaches us that true love is accepting someone, quirks, kinks and crazy alike, for who they really are. Also, that as long as somebody loves you, had bad off can you really be? I would recommend this book just for the pure love story that it is. The OCD just adds flavoring.
Reviewed by Camia Rhodes
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: 7/23/2013