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Two-time Governor General's Award nominee Teresa Toten is back with a compulsively readable new book for teens!

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
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 2015 by Walker Books (first published August 27th 2013)
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Anna Goerlitz This book is available on Amazon and probably other vendors. The sites mentioned in other answers are pirate site. Pirating books is stealing. If you …moreThis book is available on Amazon and probably other vendors. The sites mentioned in other answers are pirate site. Pirating books is stealing. If you want your favourite authors to continue to write, please pay for their books!

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sourcherryscones61 I think this book will appeal to grade sixers and above. It's an amazing book. I don't think it has any swear words on anything and its basically abou…moreI think this book will appeal to grade sixers and above. It's an amazing book. I don't think it has any swear words on anything and its basically about this boy who is dealing with OCD and his parents' divorce and everything. And in that mix comes Robyn who he's in love with the moment he lays his eyes on her. There are many things kind of preventing them "to be together", one of them being their age difference and I think their level of OCD? I can't recall. So I think this book will be suitable for grades 6 and up!(less)

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C.G. Drews
This book is INCREDIBLE. Seriously I...I don't even know where to start. But I wasn't expecting to be this emotionally involved in this book, or this sucked in by it, but I literally just glued my eyeballs to the 270 pages and COULD NOT LET GO. I maybe cried a bit. I maybe became an emotionally roiled wreck. So basically: What are you waiting for?! GO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW AND LET YOUR HEART CRY AND BE MELTED AND SMUSHED LIKE MINE WAS.

I don't know what's going on with the cover, though. Is it
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Sarah Churchill
I received an arc of this book for review from the publisher, and what I knew about it going in was pretty basic - boy falls for girl but has his own issues to deal with first. I didn't expect it to be a pretty raw and emotionally charged look at OCD.

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
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adam Ross. Remember his name, because there is no doubt you'll fall in love with him.
http://www.divabooknerd.com/2015/05/t...
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
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Brooke Cheyenne
The first 25 pages of this book had me begging for a window to jump out of. I almost have up reading it altogether.

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
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Emma
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's definitely nice to see portrayals of mental illness in literature but I found this book frustrating in a lot of ways. I kind of took note of them as I was reading, so I'm gonna add in some of those notes here:

--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
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Taylor Knight
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
For me, this is book is really boring and has no substance to the plot. I couldn’t connect with the characters or become emotionally invested in anything. The only redeemable quality about this book is how it might teach people about OCD and how serious is it.
Full review: http://bibilophilegathering.com/2015/...
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Fiona
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted to my blog, Stay and Watch the Stars

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
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Once
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love it when books like this fall in my lap! The storyline was spot on...the characters were outstanding...and the writing was superb. Teresa Toten has hit it out of the park with this one and I'm so glad that I get to share it with you!! I was blown away from page one and I couldn't put it down. The main reason I keep reading a book is because of the writing. If it isn't there, I'm done before I even started. This book was amazing and caught my attention from the very first page.

When I
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Camus Grimwood
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for a casual, light-read with an accurate portrayal of mental illness
Recommended to Camus by: Goodreads

"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

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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Actual rating: 3.5-4

- 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
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Jacobe D.
The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B is one of my favorite books ever! It will bring on your full emotion, showing you the kind, truthful, honest, and pained sides of a boy with OCD.

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
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Vanessa S.
I haven't read many books on mental health issues and am so glad I selected this! Adam, the main character, was such a likable teenage boy, and I just rooted for him the whole way through the story. I wasn't too interested in the romance between Robyn and Adam but still thought it was very sweet and cute. My favorite parts of the book were the Group meetings with Adam and others his age with OCD. This book is a great representation of a positive relationship with one's step-family, and Sweetie w ...more
Tasha
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Adam isn’t looking for romance at his OCD group therapy session but when Robyn walks in, everything changes. Adam has enough going on in his life with his divorced parents, a stepmother, and a little brother who needs Adam all the time. As Adam starts to teach Robyn about Catholicism, the others in his group become intrigued too. Soon Adam finds himself showing them all the church that he and his mother left years ago. Adam reassures himself that everyone lies, but his lies seem to be increasing ...more
Suad Shamma
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, own
In the past I've read a few YA novels that tried to tackle OCD in teens, and fell really short. Since, I've made a conscious effort to avoid this topic in YA specifically. However, this one had a unique twist and seemed to tackle it differently, which intrigued me enough to make the purchase. I wasn't overly disappointed either, but it wasn't fantastic.

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
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Jenna
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Audrey
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY GOOD book! I would definitely read it because this guy has to go to these groups and when he goes there he sees this girl named Robyn. after he sees her he has planned out his life
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
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Sheri
This book was less than meh. It didn't feel real or authentic in any way. Adam is a very sympathetic character, but he reads like a 13 year old instead of a 15 year old. I usually like mental health books and thinking, but in this I felt like Toten doesn't really have a grasp on Adam's interior life. Instead it felt like she was just sort of describing the symptoms without really exploring their emotional impact. The most damaging part of the book (his mom's breakdown) was clearly foreshadowed ( ...more
Linda
A great contemporary YA novel that follows Adam (Batman), a 15 year old who is part of a motley crew of superheroes (including Robyn, Wonder Woman, Thor and more)... and ...they just happen to all be in an OCD support group and have varying presentations and degrees of OCD.
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
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Ismena
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book where you laugh and cry at the same time! What a beautiful story.
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!
Amanda
4.5 stars for now. I might change this later, BUT THIS WAS PRETTY AMAZING.
Caro
CW’s: OCD, Grief, Blackmail/Threats



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
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Jenna
This review also appears on my blog, Reading with Jenna.

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
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Ginny
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was so hopeful but also so sad i want to cry a little
Kimi Ll. Ishida
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate Carmella 🙃
Natalie
Fun summer read and and interesting story about a boy with obsessive compulsive disorder. I liked the relationship he had with his little brother. Some interesting divorce dynamics thrown in too.
Hanim S.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I'm a bit underwhelmed.
Rabiah
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
**3.5/4 stars**

Originally posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2...

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
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Ingram
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Schubert told me that she didn't love The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, but it was still worth a read. I agree 100%! I started reading it and found it interesting that most of the story consists of the main character, Adam, going between school, home, and "group". Adam is in group therapy with other teens with OCD. It is both sad and entertaining to hear them talk about their issues as their alter egos - super heroes that include Batman (Adam), Robyn, Thor, Wonder Woman, and my favorite, Snook ...more
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GRADE: A-
4.5 STARS

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
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