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Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe
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Apr 06, 12

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This story was told from the captivating perspective of Jake Martin, a high-school soccer superstar. Underneath that identity, Jake suffers from a disease that forces him to stick to strict routines and prime numbers, otherwise he fears everything will go wrong. Everything in Jake's life is building to upcoming the state soccer championship and Jake knows that if his routines and numbers are perfect, then the "magic" will help his team win. After a third straight state championship Jake will be able to live normally.

The story was told so that you truly felt inside Jake's mind. Every time Jake looked at a clock, he had to somehow manipulate the numbers of the time to be prime numbers by some sort of mathematical operation. This was very repetitive, but as a reader you were completely thrust into Jake's world and forced to feel the same frustration that he felt. Overall this wasn't a very suspenseful book, but it was compelling to and as a reader I was rooting for Jake to overcome his disease the entire time.

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