OCDaniel- for Tweens and Teens

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OCDaniel By Wesley King
Published by: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Date: 12 April 2016
Format: Published Copy
Source: Library

I give this book:

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Ok, so you are going to start thinking I give everything 5 stars…as you will soon discover in the coming weeks I don’t, however this book was incredible.

First and foremost lets give the author Wesley King a standing ovation!

What an outstanding read, one I highly recommend for tween’s, teenagers and adults alike. This novel takes a very in depth and real look at the effect Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has on the mind, the body and the soul.  No one can simply comprehend what it is like to live with unless you go through this mental illness that is so controlling, however King gives a real insight into the world of OCD through the character Daniel.

I found Daniel to be quite endearing and at first I thought he controlled his OCD so well…but like most mental illness he did well to hide how he was feeling, not just from his parents and friends but from the reader as well.  I thought having a like minded friend in Sara was most important for Daniel because he no longer felt alone in his illness which happens in real life all too often.

One symptom of Daniels struggle with OCD were zaps, and the following snippet describes it so well.  I thought Zaps was a great way to explain what was happening to Daniel, especially for the younger reader.

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As the novel continued Daniel started to grow and not let the OCD define him, although the struggle was still very real.

Wesley King, thank you for writing this novel and thank you for tackling one of the hard subjects.  Many tween’s, teenagers and adults that are struggling with this very real and controlling illness  will find comfort as they relate to Daniel.

If you have read this novel, share your thoughts with me in the comments section.

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