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Lexapros and Cons

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  634 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Chuck Taylor's OCD has rendered him a high school outcast. His endless routines and habitual hand washing threaten to scare away both his closest friend and the amazing new girl in town. Sure he happens to share the name of the icon behind the coolest sneakers in the world, but even Chuck knows his bizarre system of wearing different color "Cons" depending on his mood is c ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published April 4th 2012)
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Oct 14, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
I think I’m on a roll when it comes to reading hilarious young adult books by male authors. Lexapros And Cons by Aaron Karo is a funny debut AND a candid look at OCD. Chuck’s journey of dealing with his issues is definitely worth reading. I’ll admit the first line about how often Chuck has masterbated in the past year might be a bit of a turn off if you aren’t used to males, but it’s such guy humor and when you read Lexapros And Con, you’ll think back about how that first line is TOTALLY Chuck. ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Valeria rated it really liked it
Charles "Chuck" Taylor tells his own story: a seventeen year old boy with a major case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (commonly known as OCD). You don't really think how bad the situation could get; a boy who washes his hands every minute? That's ok. Who matches his Converse with his mood? Not so weird. But when the author, with Chuck, go deeper and deeper into it, it's not so simple.
You struggle to just get him out of bed so he can check the kitchen. You practically pull him out of bed to ge
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Germano Dalcielo
Dec 21, 2013 Germano Dalcielo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ogni tanto fa bene leggere qualcosa che sia entertainment puro. Ebbene questo libro mi ha fatto sorridere di gusto, non mi accorgevo dello scorrere delle pagine e tornavo volentieri a riprendere in mano l'ereader alla prima occasione, non perché la storia sia avvincente ma perché sin dall'inizio si fa subito il tifo per questo diciassettenne della porta accanto, con le sue ossessioni, manie e fissazioni. Mi ha fatto "morire" quella di contare le volte in cui si masturba e ho trovato geniale quel ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
[Quattro e mezzo, in realtà!]

**La mia vita nelle recensioni parte 2834549490303033039**

Sono una persona maniacale e quindi spesso faccio dei ragionamenti ben poco razionali. Quello di stamattina è stato: "cavolo, sono già le nove e mezzo e non ho ancora iniziato a studiare.. Che senso ha ora iniziare? Dedicherò la mattina alla lettura, va'!".
La vocina del buon senso non è riuscita nemmeno questa volta a convincermi che "Meglio due ore di studio che niente".. (Sì, il dubbio amletico si presenta s
Apr 18, 2012 Katie added it
Shelves: arcs, for-review
FUNNIEST BOOK EVER. Ever. Lexapros and Cons is not for the faint-hearted. It's heavy on the cursing and sexual references/innuendos and it's wildly inappropriate at times. It's like Aaron Karo had absolutely no boundaries when writing this. But all of those things? The language and inappropriateness and lack of boundaries? Those are the things that make this book SO FREAKING GOOD.

Chuck has the most authentic male voice I've ever read. (Which is kind of a relief considering the author IS a male)
Jennifer Lane
What a clever title! And the cover is fun and catchy as well.

Seventeen year-old Chuck Taylor has some intrusive and unwanted thoughts, like "The stove burners might have been left on...and they could burn the house down." These obsessive thoughts nag and nag at Chuck, skyrocketing his anxiety, until he executes a compulsive behavior to try to neutralize that anxiety. For example, he checks the burners to make sure they're turned off. He doesn't double-check or triple-check, he quadruple-gazillio
Nonostante lo sconcerto iniziale (voglio dire, inizia con il conteggio delle s***e che si è fatto in un anno XD) il libro mi è piaciuto molto: un anomalo coming of age, vissuto da un diciassettenne attraverso la volontà di sconfiggere le proprie manie ossessivo-compulsive per riconquistare la ragazza dei suoi sogni, miracolosamente materializzatasi a lezione di matematica a metà anno scolastico, e il suo migliore (unico) amico, tradito dalla vigliaccheria e dall'egocentrismo di Chuck.
Quel che mi
May 07, 2012 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chuck ha 17 anni ed ha parecchie manie ossessivo - compulsive: si lava le mani cento volte, non mangia cibi con le mani, controlla in continuazione che le piastre della cucina siano chiuse e invece di dormire va continuamente in bagno! Tutto sembra non dover cambiare, fino a quando nella sua classe non arriva una ragazza nuova: Amy...

Una trama giovane che racconta una "malattia" molto diffusa e spesso sottovalutata e non capita.
Mi chiamo Chuck è un libro leggero che tratta argomenti reali, quoti
Keith Moser
Oct 02, 2014 Keith Moser rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I've been subscribing to Aaron Karo's Ruminations newsletter for over a year now and when I heard he was writing a YA novel, I thought, "The 'Fuck me.' guy?!"

And while Lexapros and Cons is probably meant for mature Young Audiences (the opening line: "In the past year, I masturbated exactly 468 times"), it still reads as quickly as any other YA novel I've read (finished it in just three days!). The protagonist, Chuck Taylor (no relation) suffers from OCD and one of his first compulsions begins wi
Mar 18, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Chuck has a lot of small problems that all add up to one huge problem. He has OCD and is regarded as unbearably weird by almost everyone in his high school. His parents have tried to get him to try some medicine or therapy to curb his compulsions. He refuses until the one thing happens that can get a teenage boy to change his mind. A pretty girl smiles at him. She is new to the school so she doesn't know about Chuck's quirks. He decides to try and keep it that way.

I greatly enjoyed this book. Ve
Carol Kennedy
Aug 02, 2012 Carol Kennedy rated it really liked it
I started out determined not to like this book, which begins with ample use of the “F” word and the main character keeping track of the number of times he masterbates. It seemed so ... crude. But Aaron Karo knows how to tell a story, and keep the reader laughing and interested throughout.
Chuck is a 17-year-old high-school senior with OCD. He counts the number of times he masterbates, washes his hands numerous times each day, and tries to keep a low profile. One day his parents convince him to s
Amy Arsenault
Aug 30, 2014 Amy Arsenault rated it it was amazing
I adored this book for many reasons.

1) I skimmed some of the other reviews and saw a lot of complaints about the language and how vulgar it was. This worked in favor for this book. I haven't read a book in a while that stuck with each character's "voice" as well as this one did. The "vulgarity" was not at all overdone once you got to know the character a bit. Some people cuss a lot and Chuck is a person that does when he is narrating. The author made this work in a realistic way. I admired the
Diane Ferbrache
Jan 09, 2014 Diane Ferbrache rated it it was amazing
Chuck Taylor is obsessed – with hand-washing, with checking that the oven is turned off, with checking and re-checking the combination lock on his locker, and with Converse Chuck Taylors (of course!) He even color-coordinates his Cons with his mood. After some Google searching, he comes to the realization that he has OCD and decides to seek help – mostly so he can have a “normal” life when he heads to college and so he can have a “normal” relationship with the amazing new girl in his class.

BAYA Librarian
Aug 13, 2012 BAYA Librarian rated it it was amazing
Stand-up comedian, Aaron Karo, gets big laughs in his offbeat first novel, Lexapros and Cons. 17-year-old Chuck Taylor struggles with his OCD on a daily basis. The only thing that gives him relief is by color-coordinating his Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers collection to match his mood. Chuck wants nothing more than to leave his compulsions behind and find a low-key girlfriend. Chuck quickly learns that it’s difficult attracting girls when you are too busy checking to see if the countertop stove ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Regina rated it it was ok
Chuck Taylor (no relation) has OCD and the rituals have taken over his life. From repeatedly washing his hands to turning the dial on his locker padlock exactly 14 times, he has a number of compulsions to deal with. This has not made life easy for him and he has made it to the second semester of his senior year with 1.5 friends, no girlfriend, and the hope that he can just make it to graduation.
At the request of his parents, he begins seeing a psychiatrist to help him overcome his disorder. Var
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Apr 18, 2012 Mandi Kaye Ottaway rated it really liked it
Reviewed at (4/25/12)

I admit; I was hesitant to read this. I wasn’t sure it would really be my speed. Then I opened it up and pretty much didn’t move until I was done.

Chuck’s voice pulled me in from the beginning- even if was kind of weird to open up by talking about masturbation. Nothing graphic mind you- it’s just that Chuck keeps a tally of how often he does, thanks to his OCD. Chuck is authentic- he’s not the kind of boy you ordinarily find in a YA no
May 24, 2012 K rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Symmetry makes my brain feel nice.

Chuck Taylor has OCD. His high school career is ending and it’s going out more whimper than bang. He doesn’t even have the designation as the kid who gets picked on (that goes to best/only friend Steve), people tend not to see him at all. He does want to do one quintessential high school thing, though. Senior Weekend is coming up and he and Steve have been looking forward to it for forever. Whatever activity the senior class announces, Chuck plans to be a part
Savi Malfitano
Mar 26, 2012 Savi Malfitano rated it it was amazing
Charles "Chuck" Taylor is quite the eccentric. He only wears Converse sneakers (in every color) and he has a specific method for why he chooses a particular color on a particular day. He also has a best friend named Steve. Chuck is a senior in high school and is virtually invisible to the entire student body including his popular sophomore sister Beth. How is it that she is more popular than he could ever hope to be and she's only a sophomore?! Just one of the daily dilemma's Chuck struggles wit ...more
Sarah Rosenberger
Chuck Taylor (no relation) is a senior in high school who spends his time hanging out with his loser best friend Steve, dreaming about finally getting a girlfriend, and compulsively checking the stove so that his house doesn't burn down. If it was just the stove thing, it might not be a problem, but Chuck has other "bad habits" too - spinning the dial on his locker exactly 14 times, washing his hands dozes of times a day, and keeping a tally of every time he masturbates, just to name a few.

Apr 28, 2012 Brandon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books, humor
Wow, what an awesome book for guys to read... I mean, seriously, if you are a guy looking for a quick read that is entertaining, funny, and basically quirky as all get out, then this is the book for you!

Chuck Taylor suffers from self-diagnosed OCD. He goes to the bathroom fifteen times before he goes to bed every night, he gets up constantly to check if the stove dials are turned to off, he has to turn his locker combination exactly fourteen times before he goes to class. And then there is the
Apr 27, 2012 Khy rated it really liked it
As much as I love straight-up emotional dramas and the occasional otherworldly adventure, I think my favorite stories will always be the ones that manage to handle serious subjects with both humor and heart, and Lexapros and Cons does just that.

Chuck's narration is initially a bit off-putting because it's of the totally crude teenage boy variety, but once he meets his Potential Girl Amy and his OCD starts getting more out of hand, the crude humor takes a back seat to Chuck's self-deprecation and
Apr 20, 2012 Stefania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Mi chiamo Chuck. Ho diciassette anni e, stando a Wikipedia, soffro di un disturbo ossessivo-compulsivo" è il primo romanzo young adult del giovane autore Aaron Karo, pubblicato lo scorso 4 aprile dalla casa Editrice Giunti nella collana Y.

Un romanzo sbalorditivo e fantastico. Un libro che ho amato e gustato pagina dopo pagina. Un autore che ha creato un personaggio unico nel suo genere. Pagine che hanno saputo donare il sorriso e regalare ore serene ed indimenticabili insieme a Chuck. Un piccol
Nov 02, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
I was very interested in reading this book for several reasons. The biggest is that the protag has OCD. This is something that runs in my family, something that I've dealt with up close and have borderline issues with personally. I was very surprised to find that Karo nailed the disorder in every part of my knowledge.

Chuck is a teenage boy with OCD and he acts just the way any normal guy would act only different. He just has his special ticks. Karo has given him an amazing personality..full of
Apr 12, 2012 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles, detto Chuck, ha diverse ossessioni, fisse, riti, manie, che lui chiama “routine” o “le sue cose”. Questi riti e manie consistono ad esempio nel controllare più e più volte le piastre elettriche della cucina, girare sempre 14 volte il lucchetto del suo armadietto a scuola, andare in bagno diverse volte prima di andare a dormire, abbinare il colore di Converse all' umore del giorno, oltre all' ossessione della simmetria, dell' ordine, della pulizia e tante altre cose assurde. In particola ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Ily87 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una delle pubblicazioni più azzeccate della Giunti Y!
Il romanzo è divertente, spassoso e si legge d'un fiato.
Chuck, il protagonista, è unico. E' il classico adolescente timido, insicuro, ma che si differenzia dalla maggior parte dei ragazzi in quanto è affetto da un disturbo ossessivo-compulsivo, come egli stesso definisce le sue manie un po' strambe, come lavarsi le mani in continuazione, girare le manopole del gas assicurandosi che siano spente, ruotare la combinazione dell'armadietto ben 14
Apr 25, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Chuck Taylor is unlike any other YA book i've ever read. He's cynical and real and I felt like I was really inside a teenage boys head the whole time I read it especially certain parts (aka the first line of the book). Theres simply not enough YA books with a male main character, either that or I'm just not reading them.

I loved Chucks character he was a bit nerdy but in the cutest way possible, you felt for chuck and his best friend, and the nerdiness that ensued between the two of them. I loved
Jessica at Book Sake
Book Review (ARC) by Kole
This was a refreshing book after reading so many sci-fi’s and fantasies. It’s a nice plausible story. The characters are unique and very lifelike and they story is funny and original. Although the story is a little easy to predict it still provides a good time while reading it. The characters make you feel like you can relate to them and they show their emotions very clearly. I’m wondering if it’s planned to continue on in a series. If so, I’d definitely read them! Book
Apr 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Lexapros and Cons

By: Aaron Karo

5 Stars (more if I had any)
Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374343965
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 177,288
Age range: 14 – 17 Years
Lexile: HL620L

Summary: Chuck Taylor is in his final year of high school, and he has finally come to the conclusion that he has OCD (thank you internet). It’s not the “I have a little OCD too” OCD, it’s the check the stove to make sure it is off multiple times even though no one has
Apr 09, 2012 ExLibris_Kate rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how funny and real the voice of the main character was. Chuck is isolated by his undiagnosed OCD and between run-ins with bullies and his crush on the new girl he finally has to admit that his habits and compulsions are taking over. His realizations and struggles all felt very realistic and it wasn't long until I was pulled into the story.

Lexapros and Cons takes a serious subject and confront
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Aaron Karo is an author, comedian, and screenwriter. His books include “Me You Us,” “Lexapros and Cons,” “I’m Having More Fun Than You,” “Ruminations on Twentysomething Life,” and “Ruminations on College Life.” He was born and raised in New York, currently lives in Los Angeles, and always pays on the first date.
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