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Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he’s the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups—and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits—he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Wesley King Thank you for the question! Because it was so autobiographical, it was definitely a challenge to delve into that part of my life. But at the same…moreThank you for the question! Because it was so autobiographical, it was definitely a challenge to delve into that part of my life. But at the same time, it was extremely cathartic to put those some of those personal issues into a third person narration and watch it develop from the outside. Daniel took on a life of his own as the novel progressed, and I was almost curious as I was writing it to see how his journey would end. Ultimately, I think this is the most personal and hopefully most uplifting book I have written, despite the subject matter. (less)
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I wish there were more stars to give to “OCDaniel.” It’s a wonderful and emotional read that I think any middle or high schooler (or adult) will enjoy.

Daniel is 13 years old and has OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), but he doesn’t know what it is. Written in the first person, he tells how his rituals affect his life and when the first symptoms began. While OCD is the main subject, Daniel also describes feeling like an inferior sibling and being bullied for other reasons, making it a good look
Wendy F
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
(I just realized that the cover shows a q-tip stick figure! Both hilarious, and also kind of sad.)

OCDaniel is the story of a 13 year old boy who doesn’t realize that he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, he believes he’s just going crazy. He hides his ‘zaps’ or compulsions from his friends and his family, and he has horrible panic attacks. As a mother, who’s daughter is 12, my heart hurt for Daniel. I just kept wishing that he would tell someone, or someone would find out, something so he could
Thirteen year old Daniel (who is the back up punter for his high school football team) really and mostly spends his days and even his nights trying to hide and disguise his self-described "zaps" (actually his obsessive-compulsive tendencies) from everyone (his friends, his family, his teachers), until one day, a fellow student with the unfortunate and saddening nickname of Psycho-Sara sees both through and into him, offering Daniel her friendship, understanding and support.

OCDaniel is recounted
Kathryn Class
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Don't disregard this book just because it's in the Junior Fiction category. This would be a great bookclub book!! It takes on a tough subject and the characters are very well written and developed.
There are many topics to discuss, such as feeling alone and weird, when/how to divulge a suspected mental illness, how the parents could've not suspected, or how long a child can cover up their OCD, ways to ask kids hard questions, how a certain friend can make all the difference when a person
Karen Upper
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing

For myself, this was an emotional read! Wesley King's OCdaniel is a powerful book of self awareness; realization, laughter and honesty. It is unlike ANY other book that I have ever read! There were times I saw myself reflected within the words, sentences and character of Daniel and his solidary inner struggles. Through out the book, Daniel is genuine, frank , sincere and unpretentious. His friendship with Max has him trying to be 'normal' and at the same time feeling alone and overwhelmed.

Olivia C1
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a thrilling story! It had heartbreak, joy and relief. The theme was "don't judge a book by its cover" the reason why i say that is because Sarah was this quiet psycho (thats what everyone called her) she turned out to be this girl going through heartbreak and pain. Overall i think this book was amazing and i definitely recommend it.
This is a children's book about OCD.

It did not meet my expectations unfortunately. Despite OCDaniel being the title, i felt that the main premise was not about obsessive compulsive disorder. It focused more on the romance and "unsolved murder"? Yes it did mentioned the routines and rituals that the protagonist struggle on a daily basis, however i feel that it wasn't enough. It was just a very surface brush over. There wasn't enough emphasis on how much this illness is taking over his life and
I first realized I was crazy on a Tuesday. I mean, I suspected it before, obviously, but I’d been hoping it was just a phase, like when I was three and I wanted to be a fire truck. But on that faithful October day she said hello after last bell, and it was official-I was completely bonkers.

This is the start of Daniel’s story, literally the first paragraph. I loved this book so much. I just wanted to hug him and squeeze him so tight. Daniel was showing signs of OCD and panic attacks because of
Jeff Raymond
Is it possible for something to try to be the OCD Stargirl?

Maybe so, as OCDaniel is about a boy who is the backup punter on his school football team. He struggles to keep his situation in line, having a lot of small OCD episodes, and meets a girl who intrigues him with a mystery and might be a good distraction for him.

There's a lot that's endearing about this book, but a lot that's kind of wrong about it. The girl, who signs a note "Fellow Star Child," feels like an attempt to subvert the whole
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
*I received an advanced copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. All quotes taken from a pre-published copy may be altered or omitted from the final version.*

** 4.5 Stars **!!

Full review will be post on April 13th as part of the blog tour.
Bethany Pratt
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
OCDaniel by Wesley King was a good book. I liked the way the author gave the main character, Daniel, OCD and how Daniel has to deal with everyday struggles in school and with friends (and his tiny crush). I would recommend this book if you like social issues or realistic fiction.
Jada Coburn
this book was really good
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
It isn't often I really enjoy a book that I don't find rings true, but this is one of those. Thirteen-year-old Daniel is in middle school (I think, or maybe he is in a K-8 school, this is not made clear and was confusing when he conveniently sees his sister at "recess") and he is struggling to keep his OCD a secret from everyone around him. He believes he is crazy until he is befriended by a mostly non-verbal classmate, "psycho Sara" who seeks his help in outing her father's assumed murderer ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My oldest son, Owen, has suffered from OCD since 2015. My sister in law read this book years ago and suggested I read it. After the spike in Owen's OCD this summer, I remembered this book and checked it out from the library.

The author, Wesley King, suffers from OCD and so, as he says in the author's note at the end, "this story is in many ways as almost autobiographical representation of myself at that age."

It was extremely helpful for me to get inside the head of someone suffering from
Yasmeena is ON HIATUS!
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, owned-read
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Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received through a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

This was a really interesting book about a disorder that I mainly have experienced only through the filter of popular culture. While reading this I found that Daniel's voice was very authentic and that I learned a lot about his experience with OCD, so I wasn't too surprised when in the afterword the author talked about how this book had a quite strong autobiographical slant.

One thing I really
Deena Lipomi
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Eighth grader Daniel is a reluctant football player, good friend and sibling, and slave to his Zaps that make him complete a routine every night; when an ostracized girl with anxiety issues befriends him, Daniel feels more and less alone in the world. Daniel's wit is great, as his relationship with his best friend Max, both of which break stereotypes. It was hard to believe Daniel hadn't already diagnosed himself with OCD given the ease of searching his symptoms online, but the story and ...more
Ben Sirois
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly recommend OCDaniel! This book gets 5 stars in my perspective. Wesley King did an amazing job of show his readers what a kid with OCD can really go through. I love how Wesley gives all of the characters such great personalities. The cover didn't make sense at first but once you are done reading it you understand much more about it. This is a hilarious and sad book. But it is also a quick read.
Daisy Paquet
Jan 31, 2017 added it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE ages 10+
Shelves: favorites
Oh. My. Unicorns.
I need everyone reading this review to go buy a copy of this right. now.
This was a *super cool* *super sweet* *superbly written* book! It was *amazing* to read, and I couldn't put it down! I cannot praise it enough. I'd recommend it to ages 10+, though, because of a mention of suicide.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book! I learned a lot about OCD and mental illnesses in general. Daniel is a very loveable and relatable character for tweens and teens. He is honest about his daily struggles and his fear of sharing his true self with his friends and family.

There are several subplots to this story which I think would appeal to many different audiences: football playoffs, tweenage crushes, a crime investigation, a young author writing his first novel, and of course mental illness.

I would
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really good! This book was about a 13-year old boy that has a disorder called OCD that he tries to hide from the world rather than expressing it. He is just hoping no one notices what he calls zaps. He is always hoping for a girl to talk to but that never seems to happen. But soon a girl at school does notice him. This girl has been named Psycho Sara. He soon learns that Sara has a disorder too. Soon she passes him a note that could change his life forever. She wants him to help ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Describes OCD feelings and thoughts so accurately. Don't mistake this for a kid's book - adults need to read it because OCD is often kept secret because of fear and guilt - even parents don't know. Excellent book all the way around. Bravo Wesley King!
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise of the book and loved that mental health was such a prominent part of the book without being preachy. This is a solid YA story that I will recommend... I’m just not sure I loved it.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful way to combat the countless misconceptions people have about OCD.
George R
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a very interesting book, as it proves a widely believed stereotype that having OCD just means you want everything to be perfect, wrong. It really lays out what it looks like inside the head of a young developing kid with OCD. Wonderful book.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OCDaniel is a book about Daniel, a 13-year-old boy with OCD. He has “Zaps” as he calls them; things like not writing the number 4, or flipping light switches on and off, until it feels right. He hopes no one sees through his outer shell, and thinks he is doing a good job. Until a girl nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him. She speaks to him and seems to see right through his outer shell. Then, he gets a mysterious note saying “I need your help.” from Fellow Star Child. And just like that, Daniel is ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! This story was not an easy read. Try as I might I could not disconnect myself; the character's anxiety clung to me. Still I fell in love with Daniel as well as Sara and the rest of the cast of characters. (Okay, maybe not some of the football team, but those Daniel liked.)

This is my second novel featuring mental illness in the forefront. The author notes the story is semi-autobiographical so I will believe the "rep" is okay. Daniel and Sara feel so alone because of the different
Aimee Kessell
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book meant a lot to me because we need more books discussing mental disorders. Hearing King's descriptions of the main characters 'zaps' was intense and eye opening because I think we joke too often about OCD. People so often claim that their 'OCD is kicking in' or they're 'OCD-ish' that they don't even understand the terrifying feelings that accompany OCD.

I myself can't begin to understand the obsessive compulsiveness that must hit, but I've had my own fair share of 'craziness'. As a kid,
Violet Sinclair
Oh, my goodness...this book is just...this book is incredible.

I remember when this book first came out, back in 2016, and I saw it at Barnes & Noble, and I saw it, and I went: NOPE.

Fast forward 2 years later, and I saw it again at Barnes & Noble, and this time I was interested. I looked it up on Goodreads and read through some bad reviews to see if they brought up topics that I didn’t like reading about, and none of them did, so I gave it a read.

I’m so,
Daniel knows he is different. He is overcome by "zaps" and other struggles that take over his day to day routines. He is a member of the football team, but usually relegated to being the waterboy, a role he is much more comfortable in. His best friend, Max, is a popular boy, who saves Daniel from being a complete social outcast, but Daniel always feels he is at the fringe and never quite belongs. He befriends another child, who is also a fringe player and social outcast. She recognizes Daniel's ...more
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Wesley King lives in Ostrea Lake, Nova Scotia, in an old century home on the ocean, where he spends most of his time with his laptop and a cup of tea and relies on his far more capable wife to keep him alive.

His debut novels, The Vindico and The Feros, were both Junior Library Guild Selections. The Vindico was also the 2013 Red Maple Winner. His third novel, The Incredible Space Raiders (From
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“I don't know why, but watching someone else break made me feel a lot less broken.” 8 likes
“And I'm here too. You're weird and moody and maybe a little crazy, but you're also the most interesting person I've ever met. Trust me, you are special. And from now on, maybe you should stop trying so hard to be alone.” 1 likes
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