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OCD, the Dude, and Me

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,118 ratings  ·  239 reviews
With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and "unique learning profile," Danielle Levine doesn't fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psy ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Dial Books
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I'll admit that I had a very superficial idea of what I would be getting from a book with a cover and title like OCD, the Dude, and Me. I mean, the girl is holding up a bowling ball over her face and "DUDE" takes up at least a third of the entire cover. All those expectations were very wrong. I almost feel like I should apologize they were so wrong.

What I expected was a book like Sean Griswold's Head. It's cute, it's quirky, it's a contemporary romance that also has an emotional center, but is
Rachel Bussel
There's a lot going on in this novel, centered around a senior in high school with OCD who has to take a social skills class. She writes journal entries, graded class assignments, letters and emails. She starts out clearly removed from her peers, which I assumed was how she'd been since early childhood. We find out in the course of her writings part of the reason behind her OCD, but by then, Danielle is a more fleshed out character, who I found charming in her quirkiness. She doesn't necessarily ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Stories that carry more than what they lead on are the best. Like this book for example. I expected to find a girl with is OCD just because. Because this book went farther than that, I was taken away.

The plot of the book is nicely done. Easily being able to step into Danielle shoe's, the reader is able to relate to her. I love getting indepth with her emotions and how wonderfully it was written. Just reading her emotions made me angry, happy, sad cause I understood her. Not to mention Danielle w
I am one of the few and fortunate who have been given the pleasure of reading this novel before its availability to the public.

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OCD, THE DUDE, & ME lives up to all the positive press.



There are good books, and there are great books, and then there are books with characters you’ll never forget. Vaughn’s debut about a high school senior whose struggle to fit in is compounded by the social quirks associ
Jessica Journey
Bleh. This was one of those "why did I waste my time reading this" books. So I'm not going to waste more of it by writing a lengthy review, but will instead make a brief list of the annoyances contained within.
1. Danielle's writing voice. Wait, what? She's a senior in high school, you say? I honestly would've guessed she was a decade younger.
2. The praise (culminating in a reward) Danielle receives for her writing. This one really got me. If awards were given this easily, I should've won the Pul
Jenni Frencham
Actual score: 3.5 stars. I was going to give this book only three stars, but the last fifty pages or so brought it up to four.

Danielle has OCD and has been sent to an "alternative" school where the learning environment is better for her. Something happened to her in junior high to trigger her OCD, but she doesn't like to think about that. This book consists of her writings - journal entries, correspondence with various people, and assignments for English class. We follow Danielle as she travels
Marjorie Ingall
3.5 stars.

On the upside: Very funny. Liked that it was a kid version of an epistolary novel, told in writing assignments, emails and diary entries. And it wasn't static, like so many stories told in letters -- Danielle is such a lively writer and so amusing and so self-aware (to a point...) the book moves along at a great clip.

I also loved the unfolding relationship between Danielle and her seemingly uptight English teacher, who keeps demanding these very specific, by-the-book essays Danielle s
I really, honestly don’t know what to say about OCD, The Dude, and Me. It’s one of those books that you will either fall completely in love with or you’ll hate it.

I loved it. Danielle was hilarious, broken, and stubborn. I appreciated her sense of humor, how socially awkward, dramatic, and OCD she was. She’s dramatic, sensitive , selfish, but has a huge heart and is so real. Her method of pushing everyone out of her life to prevent herself from getting hurt is so relatable. I adored her as a cha
One of the better books featuring a character with a mental illness that I've read. This book was mostly lighthearted and amusing. What did bother me, however, were the constant references to the main character being fat. Though the book addresses the fact that "fat" is not a judgment of a person or their character, it's implied that she is not actually fat at all-she's a size 8! It annoys me to see the author play into those sorts of stereotypes. If you're going to have the character be "plus s ...more
From the deceiving book covers series, ladies and gentlemen I'll give you OCD, the Dude, and Me .
I thought this book would be a funny, fast paced, cute story but boy I was wrong.

For some reason this book of 240 pages took me days to finish it. It would usually take me hours
The whole book is written by Danielle as diary entries, essays and letters.It usually doesn't bother me but in this case got me on my nerves simple because the main character is 18 years old but writes and acts like a 10 year
(a) Danielle does not appear to be in any way OCD, in spite of the occasional reference to flicking a light switch multiple times. Major anxiety issues, yes. PTSD from an event in junior high, very likely. OCD? I doubt it.

(b) At one point toward the end she mentioned prom or graduation and I was completely confused, because she's only in 9th or 10th grade. Nope, she's really a senior, but reads much lower than that.

(c) The Big Lebowski becomes very important to Danielle in the last third or so o
Rebecca McNutt
What a horrible book! I don't often say that about books, usually even in bad books there's at least one miniscule thing to like, but not in this one. Danielle is a perpetually annoying character with hardly any likeable qualities, and this book might as well have been written by a school psychologist because it sure paints a pretty picture of the one in this book. Danielle immediately falls for the whole "I care about your feelings" routine and thus begins the most boring series of events to ev ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Lulie marked it as to-read
Characterizations and plot almost identical to What Happens Next it would seem, but... The Big Lebowski?!?! Don't think I can pass this up.
Both Danielle and Daniel felt like REAL teenagers. Both had quirks and strong voices. Will be interested to see what else this author can do.
Aug 22, 2014 Meghan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
A chubby redhead protagonist like in Eleanor and Park, meeting an intriguing dude in a teen group therapy setting like The Fault in Our Stars, told in a series of school assignments and journal entries that reminded me of the voice of Ruby Oliver in The Boyfriend List. And the OCD characteristics and social worries of the main character reminded me of Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. I don't like the title or the cover art.
Another lovely book about self loving and self worth. The protagonist life was portrait base on letters and essays, but they were so detailed written that they were able to create a great visual image of the events that occurred in the novel. They also help us achieve a deeper connection with the protagonist. I like the intimacy we were able to get and the honest powerful message it was portrait.

It is somehow difficult for me to read a book about mental problems. I can always find a piece of mys
Nina O'Daniels
Danielle is an ugly, red-haired, fat, senior in high school who is destined to be crazy and have no friends. Well, at least that is the way she sees herself. Others who know her would disagree. They would say she is a smart, articulate, an amazing writer, a size 8, and had a horrible tragedy take place in front of her that has left her somewhat, well, crazy.

Danielle’s story takes place during her senior year through various English class essays, personal journal entries, emails, and short notes
OCD, the Dude, and Me is the story of Danielle Levine, who is attending a new, alternative high school for her senior year and, as the title suggests, suffers from OCD. I had been intrigued by this title for a bit and when I saw this book on some best of the year list, I decided to pick it up.

For me, the character of Danielle fell a little flat, but I have to give the author credit because there were several times this book made me laugh out loud. I would definitely try another book by this (deb
Danielle Levine goes to an alternative high school, but even there, she doesn’t feel as though she belongs. She’s got giant orange hair, a big body, and what her teachers and parents call a “unique learning profile.” Throughout the course of her senior year, Danielle does some major growing, and she documents it all (sometimes inappropriately) through essays for her English class. Over the course of the year, Danielle meets Daniel, another misfit who just might become her closest friend.

There ar
Suad Shamma
I was sorely disappointed by this book, and found it to be a waste of my time. The synopsis sounded a lot more interesting than the actual story. There was no depth, very little characterization and it was completely one-dimensional. Books are really hard to read when you don't like the protagonist, and I did not like Danielle. At all.

So she supposedly has OCD, although we don't really delve into that much. The book is comprised of letters and essays and emails and diary entries, most of which w
I read this book because it mentioned the dude and a bowling ball, and I immediately thought "that's like the big lebowski!" So I added it to the ever growing pile of books I'm going to read, but it's shiny yellow cover was calling my name.
This book was good, even great, but I had a few problems, maybe just one problem, with it. What was Danielle's problem? She was sooooooooo whiny!!! And she wasn't overweight or plus sized! She was only a size 8-12 (it never made it clear in the book...).
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This was a really good book.
I did not see the plot twist about Daniel coming-although it was pretty obvious.
My favourite part was in the end where they end up eJamming and Danielle sings an improvised song. =) Totally loved that.
Oh. and Ms Harrison totally reminded me of my English teacher. =)
I would give this story 6 stars if I could. A high school senior tells of her struggles throughout the year with OCD, a horrific tragedy, her feelings of worthlessness and guilt, how learning to forgive doesn't mean you forget, and finally, how having even one person who loves you can make all the difference in a life. Luckily, our heroine, Danielle, has many, many people in her life who love her and they all contribute in some ways to her moving forward. This is a layered story that would bene ...more
Stephanie A.
In teen fiction, why are girls with OCD always so much more likable than boys with it? In the case of this book, it might be because she seems to have a very mild case, making Danielle pretty much an ordinary girl with occasional anxiety if she can't organize things precisely. An ordinary girl with a flair for dressing up in literary costume (esp. with fine hats) and a great relationship with her parents, that is.

Despite her personal anxieties and self-consciousness about her weight, she struck
Amber Lovett
In Danielle’s senior year archive is made up of her school papers with teacher commentary, emails, and letters all containing her hilarious musings on being adopted, her red hair and size 10 body, and her growing obsession with Jacob, the stereotypical popular high school boy. Danielle is determined that her last year at her alternative high school will be no different than all the others, and she is especially dreading the class trip to England. Her attitude begins to change after her school co ...more
Kenlyn Wade
This book caught my attention because of the title. It seemed unique and looked like it would be a good book for me to read. I have ocd, so I wanted to see what the narrator experienced. It started out weird with the very first page. This girl's ocd was so bad that I was shocked. As I progressed through the book, I found that the book was written according the girl's papers that she wrote in school. She would write down her thoughts, but never wanted to turn the paper in, in fear of her teacher ...more
Laura Cushing
The Big Lebowski is one of my all time favorite movies, so I was drawn to the title and cover of this book even though it was in the young adult section of my library. Usually I avoid YA titles like the plague, because as a 44 year old woman I am very not into teen angst and lurve triangles. The call of the Dude was too strong to resist, however, so I picked this one up.

The story is told entirely through the writings of the main character Danielle. Though she comes across as an immature teen, I
Erin Newton
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*spoilers a tiny bit*

rating: 4.5/10

I was very on the line about this book. It's not a romantic plotline- which is amaxingly refreshing after being forcefed love triangle after badly written love triangle, but at the same time, the premise of the main character's emotions and personality is very annoying- she only has OCD due to a very traumatic experience, which pissed me off- because god forbid she was simply born with a disorder that affects such a huge group of people so deeply. It is only af
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