Every Last Word

7 CDs. 8:15 hrs. Ideal Audiobooks on Dreamscape. 2015. $49.99. ISBN 9781682622049.
Gr 8 Up—Sam seems like any other 16-year-old girl. She enjoys competitive swimming, hanging out with her girlfriends, talking about boys, and going to concerts. But underneath the surface is a troubled teen who suffers from Purely Obsessional OCD. Her only respite comes when she meets Caroline, who introduces her to a secret poets' society. There she meets up with AJ, a boy from her past, and discovers a place where she can turn words into beautiful expressions and begins to discover her real self. Amy Rubinate narrates the story with a soft, smooth tone. Her voice is best suited for female characters but handles AJ's part appropriately.
VERDICT Teens, and their parents, would benefit from listening to this treatment of life with a mental illness. ["While the beginning is slow and requires some suspension of disbelief, the climax and resolution are resounding enough to rise above any shadows of doubt": SLJ 6/15 review of the Hyperion book.]

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