The title suggests that writing and words will be importance and writing will play a big part in this book. The introduction starts off with the sentence I shouldn’t be reading the notes. Throughout this entire book, we will experience the novel as the protagonist/main character Samantha “Sam” McAllister does. Once reading the whole book, the author’s note explains important details, yet coming in without any background knowledge of the mental difficulties faced by Sam lead for a much more entertaining read. The genre is fiction involving the themes of obsessive compulsive disorder, self-acceptance, poetry, love, and high school. The book is written from the viewpoint of Samantha McAllister, as previously mentioned. I agree and enjoy how the author portrayed this book because I feel as if reading it was a much more personal experience because we were inside the narrator’s mind.A summary of the book, written by the publisher, Hyperion, is “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 the poetry club.” The main characters were Samantha “Sam” McAllister, Caroline Madsen, Andrew Olsen (AJ), Alexis, Kaitlyn, Hailey, and Olivia (Sam’s original friend group) Shrink Sue, and various members of Sam’s family. The characters were over dramatized but credible. Relatively easy to follow, the informal style that the book is written in is perfect for the intended audience of everyone who enjoys reading teen lit. Some of the plot events may seem far-fetched and occasionally drawn out. Additionally, the information in this book does not always display how difficult mental disorders can be. Overall, “every last word” by Tamara Ireland Stone is a real enjoyable read at 355 pages in length. I was able to finish this book in under a week. While it is not my favorite book I have read by far, it was a good read, and I will probably read it again. Anyone searching for a good, fun, read has found it with “every last word.” I would give this book an 8/10.

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