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OCD Love Story

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,583 ratings  ·  301 reviews
When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exis...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Feb 05, 2012 Lexie marked it as to-read
If this is gonna be called "OCD Love Story," the author had better get OCD right.

Or else.

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
OCD Love Story is one of those books that I think I'm going to love in retrospect. It's a painful read, one that actually sort of grated on my brain. The description calls it "raw," which is apt, and relatable, which it wasn't really for me. In the end, I'm really impressed with Haydu's debut, but largely undecided on just how I feel about it, and I already know I'll have to sit on it for a while and reread to really process my feelings about Haydu's debut.

There is no doubt in my mind that OCD L...more
Dec 08, 2012 Bianca marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-2013
This better get the facts right or else. OCD is serious.
SO messed up…

I wouldn't be honest if I said that I liked this book because quite frankly, I was a bit disturbed. But I think the book accomplished what Haydu had intended, or at least I think it was what she had intended, and for that, I have to give her props.

I was looking for a cute, fun read that this was definitely NOT that. It forced me into a very serious topic in a not very pleasant light. I often joke that I'm border-line OCD because I'm pretty anal about certain things or particular abo...more
Vivid Light ~ ♥♥
To all yous who are saying "Oh em gee there better be proper depiction of OCD" well I have one .gif for you.

If I took any "points" off this book, it would be because at times, it was an incredibly difficult read, in the sense that Haydu takes you so far inside the main character's head, and it's not really a pleasant place to be. But I opted not to take points off for the fact that the author did a fantastic job presenting a disorder with which I have no experience.

Bea was definitely not the sort of main character I've ever seen before, nor Beck the sort of love interest. But this book really and tru...more
So here are the catch words I wrote down after finishing OCD Love Story: Intense, harrowing, anxious, stressful, cringe worthy, heart racing, sad, hopeful. I felt ALL of these emotions as I was reading this book. It's a tough read. Or at least it was for me. It reminded me a bit of Hilary T. Smith's Wild Awake, especially the parts of that book where protagonist Kiri is in full-on manic mode. The difference is that in OCD Love Story, protagonist Bea is pretty much ALWAYS like that. Always full o...more
As someone who have OCD very close in my life, I can´t tell how much this book hit a sore spot in me.

The author really understood how to write a book that don´t sugercoat, and make OCD to something we all can laugh at. It is a true, and very heavy story, that is so well written that you live the feelings in the book. You will experience the panic attacks, the feeling of wanting to apologize all the time, the shame, the need to do the OCD things to feel better, and how people react around one, w...more
This was, in all honesty, very disappointing to me. I mean, it sounded amazing, but actually reading it...well, it fell flat.

Even though this is technically a YA book, I honestly don't feel as if many teens will enjoy this novel. It was...I'll be blunt: it was like reading an autobiography and I honestly don't enjoy those. I think my problem with this was the issues that are in this book. I have nothing against people with OCD, but I really don't enjoy reading about it. And...I really didn't th...more

This review needs a personal disclaimer:

1. I have 2 degrees dealing with psychology/counseling.

2. I've worked in mental health in some capacity for 11 years.

These 2 things are the lenses through which I read this story. Someone else may have an entirely different experience, so feel free to take my review with a grain of salt.

Bea is in individual therapy for an "incident" with a boy and is recommended to attend a group as well. She sees that a boy she rand...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
When you take a look at the cover and blurb of OCD Love Story, you might think this is going to be a fluffy, cute little romance with minor substance. But do not be fooled. This book has a gritty, almost raw quality to it that even I wasn't expecting. Corey Ann Haydu's debut is a remarkably honest portrayal of OCD. It's a million kinds of wonderful.

Bea is the main protagonist of the novel, and throughout the book she see her therapist, Dr. Pat, and then starts group therapy. She discovers hersel...more
Lindsey Tipton
This book was so stressful I might end up in therapy!

My rating for this book could be improved one to two stars just by changing the cover and marketing. The girly colors and frills on the cover are specifically relevant to the story but send a drastically different message about the general tone of the book. This book is intense with an emphasis on the "OCD" rather than the "love story." I expected a light-hearted and quirky story but found myself trapped in someone's personal hell.

When I read...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Bea has a bit of a problem. A stalking problem. She doesn’t spend her time stalking her maybe/maybe not boyfriend, Beck. They just attend group therapy for OCD together. No, Bea spends her time stalking Austin, a man who happens to attend couple’s therapy with his wife in the timeslot right before Bea’s individual therapy sessions. But really, what Bea does isn’t stalking, is it? It’s not her fault that she gets to therapy an...more
An excellent exploration of mental illness. Maybe more than an exploration but an actual head-on EXPERIENCE of mental illness. A damn good debut, with a nice side of romance that is never actually a romance. It is, as the title suggests, a love story.

Full review to come.
Jun 23, 2012 Nicole marked it as to-read
I have OCD...so let's see how this goes.
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Bea is just your average girl with a weekly therapist appointment. She just likes to take notes, and is a bit obsessive….with a tinsy history of stalking. She meets Beck and he just might be perfect for her, but she can’t stop obsessing over Austin and his perfect life and she just needs to check in on him to make sure he’s alright one last time and then she’ll move on!

I’m a bit speechless. I was expecting an interesting love sto...more
I really enjoyed this book. I've always been a sucker for stories like this - those with mental health problems. I suppose I just have an odd morbid curiosity for things like this.

Bea isn't your run-of-the-mill person with OCD. Typically you hear about the ones that have to wash their hands a billion times a day and have to check and recheck the locks on their doors before they leave the house.

Bea has an obsession with checking on Austin & Sylvia at their posh apartment in Boston. She disco...more
This book was bizarre. And awesome.

The portrayal of OCD was pretty accurate from what I've read about it, although I haven't actually personally seen a person suffering from OCD. I've seen some negative reviews criticising the author about how "weird", "freaky" and "ridiculous" the characters are, but honestly, those people have got to go wikipedia OCD or something, because OCD really can be quite a serious mental illness, even to the extent of needing pharmacological treatment.

To be frank, ther...more
As a person with OCD, i thought that it was accurately shown in this book. I could relate well because my OCD is very similar to Bea and Beck's forms. At times, i felt uncomfortable, but thats when you know Haydu did her job- Bea's life is uncomfortable. OCD is uncomfortable to have, as you know what you're doing is irrational but you cant stop.

I saw this book in my school library and i immediately grabbed it. Im not sure if it is because i wanted to make sure that it wasn't a shit representati...more
Sabrina Gallien
I ranked this book incredibly low for incredibly selfish reasons. As a person suffering from even a mild form of OCD I was highly triggered by the novel. It made my own personal compulsions worse, added to my anxiety, and disrupted my functionality. However, I couldn't go without finishing the book because /my own/ OCD wouldn't allow it. Bea is a good girl, and her symptoms are highly realistic, as well as her mindset. The other characters also expose the disease in various forms and in that way...more
Jenni Arndt
This was a hard one to read. Which is really perfect because I think that’s exactly what author Corey Ann Haydu was going for. The compulsions that Bea feels throughout the book were palpable and I felt as if I had a weight pressing down on my chest and was immediately relieved as she finally carried out the impulse. The novel also presents an interesting look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the many forms that the affliction can come in.

Bea has been in therapy for a while. She enjoys getti...more
Carly Comtois
Summary of the Story

Bea has OCD. She doesn't know it at first, but whoever is reading the book can certainly figure it out.

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Rachel Bussel
I've read a few novels about OCD, but was blown away by Bea and her form of OCD, which involves having to check that people are safe, that she hasn't run over anyone while driving, and the like. She is both self-aware and utterly unable to realize that if she had run over someone, she would know, and that's part of what makes her such a fascinating study. There was an undercurrent to this novel that had me afraid that something very bad would happen, because Bea is afraid that she will harm othe...more
Once Upon
I don't exactly know what I was expecting when I started OCD Love Story. I never actually thought that I would be getting detailed story about how OCD can consume your life.

OCD starts off at a dance where the lights have just gone out. Bea recognizes the warning signs of a panic attack. Through the dark, she follows the sounds. This is where we meet Beck. Bea helps him through it by joking around a bit. Then all of a sudden, 7 pages into the story, we have the main protagonist kissing a boy. Tha...more
Originally posted @ Black Lilies Are Deadly.

OCD Love Story was really good in a really weird and scary way.

I liked the way the author wrote this book. The descriptions of these compulsions are so vivid that I couldn't help but feel like I was right there when it was all happening. And even though I do like the writing, and enjoyed the story, I have to admit that it affected me to the point of crying.

At the beginning I thought "Bea isn't that bad", but as the book progressed I saw just how deep...more
Megan (Book Brats)
I read OCD LOVE STORY on pretty much a whim. After picking it up at the ALA Annual Convention in Chicago, also pretty much on a whim, I pulled it out one day and began to read without a second thought. Having never experienced OCD, nor having experienced any real mental concerns outside your standard teenage therapy for “issues” as my mother referred to them, I’m not sure if Corey Anne Haydu got the experience correct in her young adult debut, but what I did find was a sweet story about a girl s...more
4.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

This book. THIS book.

Even though I loved them for the unique stories they were, I can only compare my OCD Love Story reading experience to Wild Awake. The cover promised me this bright, happy story and the inside gave me something entirely different. A female character dealing with demons, in denial about those demons, and going through hell to hopefully move one step forward. (Whether she knows it or not.) Both debuts are filled with b...more
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

In addition to it being one of my most anticipated books of 2013, it was my first request on Edelweiss and I got approved. Whohoo!! (Thank you, Simon Pulse.) I was super stoked to get my hand dirty so to speak and dive into the unknown since I have heard of OCD and I know the basics, but not the details and to be inside someone's head who has obsessive compulsive disorder was a truly intirguing idea.

I can't trap the words before they come out....more
I'm not sure how to rate this book! It was equal parts adorable, thought-provoking, irritating, and frustrating. I liked it at times and hated it at times. It was exhausting to read at points. I read this over several days, which was good because I don't think I could read it in one sitting. I found the main character difficult to relate to. This is OCD at it's fullest. It's not just having quirks - it's an anxiety disorder. I appreciated a real look into this condition, but at the same time it...more
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  • The Theory of Everything
  • Bruised
  • 45 Pounds (More or Less)
  • Me, Him, Them, & It
  • Fault Line
  • Canary
  • The Reece Malcolm List
  • The Symptoms of My Insanity
  • Brianna on the Brink
  • Leap of Faith
  • Taste Test
  • Uses for Boys
  • The S-Word
  • This Is How I Find Her
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