The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her--to play Batman to her Robyn--whatever the cost. But when you're fourteen ...more
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There's a support group full of teenagers who all have different coping mechanisms and cleansing rituals for a variety of problems, mostly revolving in some way around anxiety. The main character, Adam, is torn between his single mum (a hoarder wit ...more
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a beautiful, poignant and an incredibly playful read that's written with a loving hand, dealing with a very serious and very real issue of obsessive compulsive disorder. Almost fifteen year old Adam falls in love the moment Robyn breezes into the room. She also suffers from the same illness, and has just been released from a residential pro ...more
What makes this book interesting is witnessing what OCD can do to a person, because before I never really knew.
However, aside from learning about this disease, there is nothing to this book. The romance is weak, the characters are strange and unusual, and I don't think any teen can have an easy time relating to this book unless personally affected by the struggles these characters ...more
--The way eating disorders are addressed in this book is upsetting. On page 56:"Skinny girls worrying about getting skinnier totally perplexed him." Later, Adam and Robyn are talking about how they don't understand girls who starve themselves, and Robyn says she has a friend who "looks ...more
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Want an example of how not to write a romance? Try this book.
I think that Adam's OCD was very well portrayed. It totally messed up his life, but it also didn't totally define his character. Near the end of the book, you could really feel his downward spiral, and his desperation to get better. I felt sympathetic for him through about half of the story (more on the other half later).
The mystery portion of the story felt well written. It didn't ...more
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"The boy inhaled as the door opened."
Honestly, I expected more.
When I first found this book a while back on Goodreads, I was absolutely taken aback by such wonderful reviews. It made this an automatic want. A desire. A necessity. So I hate to say that I'm somewhat disappointed.
For those who aren't aware, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a YA novel about a group for teenage sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder. Every teenager has some form of OCD, including a hypochondriac, a boy with i...more
- Portrayal of OCD/mental health illness was incredibly on point
- Positive light on support groups and getting help
- Exaggerated romance, but def had some sweet points
- The mystery of the threatening letters was surprising and well-plotted
- YA characters actually interested in religion/Catholic faith
- Positive relationship with step family
- Adored Adam with his step sibling, Sweetie <3333 ...more
Adam Spencer Ross is a fourteen year old boy that is living the life of someone who's parents are divorced, has a step sibling and stepmother, takes medication regularly, and has OCD. Let's just say that his life is far from a fairytale, even with an adoring little stepbrother - Sweetie - that idolizes and loves him more t ...more
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B is about a group of teenagers who all seem to struggle with different types of disorders. Our "unlikely hero", Ad ...more
I won this book on the goodreads giveaway page and got the astounding opportunity to own and read this book before its release date.
For Starters I found this book really spoke to me. It’s a great story and I found that I could really relate to the characters. The touching story was especially great because the main character wasn’t alone. He had many people to love and help him cope with OCD. This was my favourite factor in the story. I loved reading about the support group and how eventually th ...more
1. he has to protect Robyn
2. he will marry her
This book is about a guys named Adam and his mom gets these really weird letters and he can't tell anyone because she would go to jail; his parents are divorced so he the groups for therapy. Adam gets new friends some are like Robyn and some are a littl ...more
The writing lends itself nicely to the mental and emotional journey that Adam is on – he comes across as authentic and cheer-worthy, as do the other superheroes. It’s an honest and moving portrayal of mental illness, but most ...more
I will admit, at some points I was frustrated with the story and it took a while to get into the book, too. But it all comes together!
This … just wasn’t good. I rarely give out 1-star ratings, but here I could barely find two things that I liked about the book, so here we are. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B went wrong on so many levels for me and had a lot of content that bothered me, making it a chore to finish. I honestly was like “oh no, this is not going to be great” from chapter 1 when the insta love was introduced, but I hoped that the book would get better. It didn’t. The only two thing ...more
Where do I even begin with these 270 pages of goodness? It was a harrowing look into OCD and the effect it has on not only those suffering from the disorder but those around them too. But even though it was an emotional book about serious issues, there’s an abundance of humour and wit that made it an absolute delight to read. This is my favourite book about OCD that I’ve read so far and I cannot recommend it more highly.
While the book osten ...more
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I hadn’t heard of this one before I was offered a copy for review, but it sounded quite interesting and cute, so I thought “why not?” and started it. There were several things that I didn’t know about the book before starting because the blurb didn’t give too much away. Firstly, I thought this was a middle grade book but I found that it’s more young adult than middle grade. Secondly, this book deals with OCD. Most of th ...more
Adam, the youngest teen in his OCD support group falls hard and fast for new patient Robyn. At home, he juggles his mother's deteriorating mental health and his half-brother Sweetie's meltdowns only Adam can soothe. As Robyn recovers, Adam's condition worsens, making him worry he'll lose her forever.
I adore Teresa Toten. BEWARE THAT GIRL is one of my all time favorite books. Toten's often humorous writing gave Adam a witty, insightful voice, capturing the essence of OCD remarka ...more