Hello! I’m back with another YA book review; Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.

Fun story about this book: I got it on my birthday from my parents. With my boyfriend and I buying a house together, I was absolutely SURE that I would only get things for the house (laundry basket, trash can, paint etc. etc.). Especially from my parents, who have been nagging on me to ask for useful things for years because I’m grown-up and should ask thing for my future home. Therefore, I already have pans, pots, cutlery and dinner plates in the attic, waiting for moving day.

You probably understand I was totally surprised that I got a book!

Okay, and a gift card for a home decorations store, but I also got a book!

Back to the book: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

I read it in a few days, because I really like it and couldn’t put it down. But before I’ll tell you my thoughts, here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

The book review of Every Last Word

The negatives

Uhm… Yes… *tumbleweeds roll by*… Well…

I thought long and hard about it, but I can’t seem to think of anything negative about this book.

And because I can’t, I looked on Goodreads and there were some people saying that the mental health issues were not always realistic. Like I said, I had no problem with it.

The positives

Let’s dive into this awesome book, shall we? There is lots to say, so I broke it into three pieces:

The story

I loved the plot. The story of a girl going out of her comfort zone and finding something she truly loves? Count. Me. In. I also like the idea of having secrets from your best friends, because your embarrassed/ashamed and don’t know how they’ll react. Add in that it’s mental health related and I’m hooked.

Next to that, the character growth in this story is amazing. More on that in the next piece.

The relationships between the characters is pretty much the biggest story in the book. The interactions and the miscommunications make this story interesting and compelling, wanting you to read more. Also, romance is always a big plus for me!

Also read: The Burn Trilogy review

The characters

I’m all about relatable characters, and this book was exactly that. Samantha is the typical teen me; feeling like you don’t fit in, but not exactly sure where you fit elsewhere. Maybe that’s just a teen thing though.

Though she has some annoying habits, like not trusting a lot of close people in her life, she felt real.

Caroline was another big character and she was kind of weird sometimes. In the end though, you totally understand why.

And that’s the biggest plus of this book: the character development. Not only the main character, Samantha, goes though big challenges and changes for the better, but almost all characters do. Some in smaller ways.

Other notable things

I feel like the writing style is great, when I can’t even remember the way it was written. I was totally sucked in the book, feeling like it was a movie I was watching instead of words I was reading. The author is definitely good.

So of course I added all the books written by Tamara Ireland Stone to my TBR-pile.

Final rating

I think it’s no surprise that I gave it 5/5 stars.

What are some favorite topics that you want in a book? What books that deal with mental health issues are your favorite?