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Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe
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Feb 01, 12

Read from January 10 to February 01, 2012

This book was definitely a heart-breaker and an eye-opener. It makes a reader rethink their definition of normal. Jacob was seen as "normal", maybe a little quirky, but normal non-the-less, even by his sister who knew of his weird habits. Inside, however, he was a wreck, dealing with OCD alone while his mom was lost in her own world of the mental illness He felt he was alone and from a traumatic night where he didn't protect his sister at age 7, he had been dealing with the OCD. His sister was one of the only people who provided him comfort from his disorder. He struggles through-out the book dealing with it alone and keeping it away from everyone else. As the book ends, he begins wondering what would've happened if someone had just inquired earlier about how he felt. We are left to wonder what happened after he told Mera he didn't think he was okay. I would definitely recommend this book if you are into learning about how mental disorders affect people. It really drew me in and made me really think about what "normal" is and how we can as humans can be so oblivious to another's sufferings.
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Kalani Smith J.M. wrote: "This is the one you were talking about!"
Yeah. It was real good. I finished it in about 2 days.


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