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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  659 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Checked is the first book in a new trilogy.

Callie spends countless hours staring at appliances to make sure they are really unplugged. She wastes obscene amounts of time checking for murderers in various corners of her house and entire sleepless nights performing pointless checking rituals. Then every spare minute is filled with inspecting doorknobs, chairs, floors, etc. f
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by 48fourteen
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Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nothing makes me happier than picking up a book and being taken by surprise... and this book did just that! I think it was because it was refreshingly different and the character of Callie and her life of living with extreme OCD was perfectly written. It was so interesting being inside her mind and I was feeling her struggles and frustrations right along with her. I actually think I have a much clearer understanding of OCD and the impact it not only has on the person with it... but also how it a ...more
Sarah Novak
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: Jennifer Jamelli is my friend's sister, so I was predisposed to like this book. Fuller disclosure: I am not the kind of psychologist who helps people, but I contribute to the training of ones who do. Thus, I have only one reservation about a romance that blossoms during treatment for OCD, and that's the professional ethics problem. I want my students to be respectable health professionals, so it's a tad uncomfortable to read a book in which boundaries are crossed. But then I rem ...more
Christina B
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, i-own
* I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

Such an amazing book! I loved, loved, loved it! But that ending!!!! If I hadn't found out there would be a second book, I would have had to only give it 4 stars because that ending broke my poor little book reading heart!!

So much 'squeeing' in my head while reading this book, I love Callie and Dr. Blake aka Aiden! I somewhat relate to Callie because I occasionally show signs of OCD. Nothing even remotely clo
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LA Spiez
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
One....two....three....Welcome to Calista "Callie" Royce's life where everything is done to a count of three.

I know. I know. Finding a book boyfriend in a book about a twenty something female with OCD is unusual. But after meeting Dr. Aiden Blake, clearly not impossible. Checked by Jennifer Jamelli is the story of Calista's struggle with obsessive/compulsive disorder and the doctor who tries to help her.

Callie's story appealed to me for several reasons. I can most definitely identify with obsess

All I want to say is WHOA! READ THIS BOOK! Checked by debut author Jennifer Jamelli is going to take you into the world of a woman who must deal with OCD every second of every day. Callie is faced with NEEDING to follow a set of self-imposed routines, phobias, and her own personal kind of Hell on Earth-what if her routines are altered, or she fails to follow every single step? What if one man, a professional invests more than is appropriate in “fixi
Lisa Karafa
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While I love reading, I love it even more when I learn something new. Checked deals with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and how debilitating it can be. People often times will joke about being OCD or anal retentive when they need to have certain things done just so. For those that suffer from the condition, it controls them in every aspect of their life. It often is a coping mechanism for anxiety, but it can cause alienation of those around them that grow frustrated by the patterns and ritu ...more
Amy Boyer
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought that Callie would get irritating with all her OCD routines, her checking and sanitizing. But she is funny, and quirky, and endearing. I really enjoyed how she approaches her condition with humor and a desire to get better. I read this very quickly and was entertained by the interactions of Callie and Aiden, as well as with her sisters. Fair warning, the end will leave you anxious for a sequel!
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, all right...
Brilliant, great, fantastic, unique, loved this, loved this, loved this!
I need more!


Jennifer, you have a talent. Please give us more!
Holly Price
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Calista, called Callie by her family, is a grad student with an almost debilitating case of OCD. The book starts with Callie going to see a psychiatrist with the intention of getting on medication to help ease some of the anxiety due to it. On the day of her appointment, though, her psychiatrist has a family emergency and needs one of his colleagues to complete the initial consult for Clarissa. Even though he normally doesn't take OCD patients, Dr. Aiden Blake agrees to see Callie. In this stran ...more
Kaylene Osborn
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone ... just loved this book.
One, two, three - this book is incredible, fantastic, amazingly beautiful and one of the best reads so far this year ...

Checked is the story of Calista (Callie) Royce’s life where everything is done in three’s due to her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Callie is a very likeable woman who was able to laugh at her own condition which helped to make her condition more light-hearted for me. I laughed but sometimes I also felt tears.

This book is extremely well written and is told from Callie’s point
Paula  Phillips
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Taking a break from reading mystery novels, I was scrolling through my older books on my Kindle and came across Checked. I wasn't 100% sure what this book was about but I had an idea that it focused on OCD as the book tagline indicated about obsessiveness and counting which is one symptom of OCD. In Checked we meet Callie and as we can tell her childhood anxieties and OCD arose from things that her parents told her and she took them to heart and over the years they manifested until it became a r ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. There was a depth of emotion and a level of connection to the characters and their story that left me astounded that this is the first published novel by this author. Astounded! The writing is superb in style, format, and content. I have read most of the other reviews and I'm unsurprised at the flow of love that has come in for this story. I will not go into detail about the plot (I hate to do that). Subject matter, yes. The topic that this story focuses on is refreshingly new ...more
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
I don't know where to start.

I actually really liked this. Despite the relationship cynic inside me and my tendency to turn my nose up at most chick-lit, I think this one is different. It is really well-written. It's cute. It's light and breezy. It has an extremely likeable and relateable protagonist. Who has a real world problem that is very accurately portrayed. A lot of writers could learn quite a few things from Jennifer Jamelli.

Psssttttt.....Stephenie Meyer.....I'm talking to you sweetie. Re
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jennifer Jamelli just might be one of my favorite authors. With her debut book Checked, she shares a story of a woman (Callie) with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that she herself relates to. Callie's struggle is shown not to give the readers a heavy heart or to take pity on how sad her life is, rather it is to inform and to help others understand what people like her are going through.


The way Jamelli describes Callie and Aiden weren't as in your face beautiful as some of the YA
The Book Beacon
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review… and honestly: this book is INCREDIBLE and everyone reading this should read Checked. From the blurb, I assumed it would be a sweet, perhaps predictable, story about a woman overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder while falling for her new therapist. I love it when a book surprises me.

Everything about this book was unpredictable: the extent of Callie’s OCD, her ability to attend school, work and family functions des
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review... and honestly: this book is INCREDIBLE and everyone reading this should read Checked. From the blurb, I assumed it would be a sweet, perhaps predictable, story about a woman overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder while falling for her new therapist. I love it when a book surprises me.

Everything about this book was unpredictable: the extent of Callie's OCD, her ability to attend school, work and family functions d
Isabelle Joshua
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for free back in October, and I'm trying to make my way through the books I've downloaded for free and give new authors a chance to surprise me. Boy, did Jennifer Jamelli surprise me.

The main character has OCD. Not just "oh, I'm OCD about my kitchen gadgets." Serious, clinic OCD. So to be in her head and go on the journey of her daily routines and interactions was fascinating to me and I was never bored no matter how many times she had to count one two three onetwothree to open
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I was so happy to get it in the mail, less than 36 hours ago. I sat right down and started in. Unfortunately, my life got in the way and I had to do laundry, be the mom and take daughter to school, *sigh* I even had to go to work! They all just don't understand....I wanted to read this book!

Usually when a Giveaway comes, it is an unedited version, or not the final draft, or some such thing.....Jennifer Jamelli has written a story that is instantly in
Anny hernandez
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provide a copy by the Author for an honest review.

I just finish reading this book, I really like it I like the characters, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away. I have to be honest though this book sometime made me mad, cried and made me feel the pain that characters was going through, but I love every single minute of from the first page to the very last.

Callie is a woman who have to deal with OCD every second of every day, she have to face with a needing set
Book Junky Girls
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
OCD you've seen cases of it in movies like Electra and of course the TV show Monk. Now come along the journey with Callie who's OCD is taken to new heights. She counts, she listens to the music in her head that deals with each situation of her day, and she has her routines. Now she's working to make herself better and Dr. Aiden Blake has a treatment plan to help her along, but as she spends more time with him the fluttery feelings she has around him have less to do with her OCD and more to do wi ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to describe how much I loved this book (THIS SERIES!!) This kind of stuff fascinates me but the way Jamelli went about bringing to life this beautiful character who suffers and lives through OCD was breathtaking! I honestly feel like this is now one of my favorite series ever!
Calista was complex, funny, quirky, but also very much in a deep place of "what the crap do I do?". I loved everything about her. Jamelli wrote her in the most realistic way, too. OCD is something a lot of
J&B Reviews
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a fascinating look into the daily life of a girl with OCD. Apparently the author has some experience with this condition. This allowed her to create the wonderful Callie who suffers from this disorder.

Since the book was written in Callie's voice it afforded the reader a real chance to see what it is like when your entire life is ruled by a compulsive need to follow a specific routine every day or risk disease or even death at least in her mind. I couldn't help but love Callie
R.C. Matthews
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
What just happened? This book is a serious roller coaster ride. After the first chapter I was skeptical that I could make it through the entire book because it is written as if you're in the head of the main character Callie. And she has a really wicked case of OCD ... about EVERYTHING. If this is really what people with OCD have to deal with on a minute by minute basis then I have a new found sympathy for people suffering with OCD. This story is fascinating, sad, tragic, funny, crazy and everyt ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Checking all 5 stars for Jennifer Jamelli's first book in this series.

I loved the characters, the story line and everything about this book!!

Callie is such a funny character given that she can laugh at her own condition. Her inner thoughts and songs had me laughing throughout the book and give me the super sweet and sexy Dr. Blake any day!!

I loved seeing their relationship begin to develop and the end left me craving the next book to see how their story will continue.

I highly recommend this book
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly amazing story. I've not read any other books about OCD so I was really interested in reading this book.

Although I was biting my nails reading this book I loved it. I really couldn't read it fast enough. Callie and Aiden are such great characters to read about. I'm so glad Callie had such a supportive family.

On the other side of the coin I loved that the author wrote about this subject. Like many others I didn't know much about OCD. This book opened my eyes to what a person with
K.E. Osborn
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a read!!

What an amazing insight to a mental illness that I didn't know much about. I am so glad I read this book and that it has opened my eyes to the daily struggles and torment that someone living with OCD goes through.

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would for sure, please everyone - READ THIS BOOK.
The emotions I felt throughout were devastatingly low, but also mixed in with some amazing touching moments as well.

Jennifer Jamelli, you are an amazing author and the know
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5+ Stars for me. Jennifer Jamelli, debut author YOU ROCK! I totally enjoyed this book. Callie and her OCD. I really loved how she approaches her condition with humor and a desire to get better. Aiden, her doctor who has issues of his own but who really wants to help Callie control her OCD. The ending totally surprised me and I can't wait for book 2 to be released. ...more
Paul Ciceretti
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have friends who deal with OCD and I've been told this book is very accurate with how they feel on a daily basis. I'm not usually drawn to fiction books, but it was suggested to me so I gave it a shot. It was very easy to put myself into the story (even as a man) and very entertaining. Very much looking forward to the second installment. ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
This would have been a three-star book if it had had an ending. But there was no ending! You have to read the sequel to get an ending! Actually, it turns out there's a third book coming, so probably you have to read the third book to get an ending--maybe. Not what I signed up for.

No, I'm not going to read the sequel!
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Jennifer Jamelli has spent most of her life reading and writing; she holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English, and she is an 8th grade English teacher.

She also directs a musical production each school year. Her most recent show was Miss Saigon.

Jennifer lives with her husband and her seven-year-old son.

She, like the main character in her debut novel, has a rather hopeless case

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