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Lexapros and Cons

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High schoolerChuck Taylor knows his OCD is out of control. The weird routines that he relies on to keep himself together are scaring everyone off. Yes, he shares a name with the icon behind the coolestshoes in the world—but even he knows his complicated system for which pair of "Cons"he’s going to wear on which day is completely nuts. The shrink his parents make him see
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Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published (first published April 4th 2012)
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April
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
Valeria
Apr 27, 2013 Valeria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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Roberta
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
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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
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Keith Moser
Oct 02, 2014 Keith Moser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie
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)
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Tintaglia
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
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Carol Kennedy
Aug 02, 2012 Carol Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephanie
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
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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
Stefania
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
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Amy Arsenault
Aug 30, 2014 Amy Arsenault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Estelle
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:

You know what’s exhausting? Reading so many books back-to-back with female protagonists! I’m a girl; I totally get it. We’re complicated. We’re emotional! This is why reading a book like Curveball or Paper Towns and now, Lexapros and Cons, is like splashing cold water on my face ala a Neutrogena commercial. The boys can be just as insecure and misguided as the gals but their voices are so fresh.

Take Chuck Taylor for example. (Named neither for t
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Jennifer
Apr 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Regina
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
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Khy
Apr 27, 2012 Khy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Susan (Wastepaper Prose)
I knew I had to have Lexapros & Cons from the moment I read the catalog blurb. It promised laughter and quirkiness, and it delivered. I laughed out loud more times then I can count and in the end it left me with a huge grin on my face.

Chuck Taylor can't live without his routines. Check the same things every day. Take the same paths. Don't deviate. He knows it's crazy, but he can't stop. He recently found out, thanks to the Internet, that he has OCD.

After discovering that he shares his name w
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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
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K
May 24, 2012 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Claudia
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
Savi Malfitano
Mar 26, 2012 Savi Malfitano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Austin
Jun 07, 2012 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lexapros and Cons is a touching novel written by Aaron Karo, that tells a story of a child in high school struggling with intense OCD. Overall I rate this an excellent book, as it not only shows the drama and life of a high school senior, but the challenges and hardships of living with OCD, with a touch of comedy. The main characters name is Chuck Taylor, and he lives with his pushing mom, his dad who thinks he's gay, and his younger sister who unlike Chuck, is very popular. Part of Chuck's OCD ...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.

When
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Laura
Apr 25, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy
Nov 02, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Syndey
Sep 16, 2012 Syndey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc, finished-copy

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
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Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archive... (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
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ExLibris_Kate
Apr 09, 2012 ExLibris_Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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