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4.76  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Sometimes you just have to get rid of your best friend to break your own chains.

Every night at eleven o'clock, Sonja demands Finja lock her in. Tonight, Sonja even threatens to destroy Finja's new romance if she stops.

As girls, they both suffered from unloving fathers. Having given each other sanctuary, they became soulmates. But then Sonja's relentless, life-restricting r
Paperback, 391 pages
Published July 8th 2019 by Katja Schulz (first published July 7th 2019)
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Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is really an autobiography of Katja but is written as Finja and her best friend Sonja and how Sonja’s OCD devastated both their lives
This isn’t OCD as I would imagine it ie having to check a door is locked but OCD that meant they had to move Countries ( and regularly ) and included such things as having to gargle with shower gel to cleanse themselves, it really is quite shocking how extreme this illness can be and how much it affected both their lives
The writing is word rich and I was actua
Miranda Kate
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was curious about this book, as I know a few people with both mild and severe OCD. As it is the true story of the author's life, with a few alterations to respect privacy, I wondered how it would be written: what point of view it would take, where it would begin, how the information would be imparted. It read as an intriguing real-life drama, with elements of suspense.

The author starts at a breaking point for the main character - one of us has to go - and then returns to the past, starting fr
Dana L. Brown, Author
Wow! What a powerful and beautifully written book. I was not expecting a narrative that would capture and hold my attention, but it did just that.
This is a book that anyone dealing with OCD, or who knows someone who is, must read. Well done Katja Schulz, well done!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katja Schulz has written an important book, a novel about the narrator’s (Finja’s) toxic co-dependency relationship with a woman (Sonja) who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a book so autobiographical it reads like a memoir.

The novel is ONE OF US HAS TO GO.

The author, Katja Schulz, has suffered from OCD since childhood and continues to struggle with it.
ONE OF US HAS TO GO brings home in a gut-wrenching narrative what a person with OCD goes through and, just as painfully, what
Talya Boerner
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I “met” this author via Twitter and in that odd way of social media, feel we are kindred spirits from different parts of the world. Her autobiographical book is a departure from those I typically read. And I’m so glad I took a chance on this one. One of Us Has To Go opened my eyes to the debilitating illness of OCD, shattering my pre-conceived notions that it lives on the surface like something that can be ignored or tucked in a drawer. At times, Katja’s writing felt like stream of consciousness ...more
Lennon Faris
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A super intriguing story. The voice of the main character/ author is what really got me. There are several spots that made me laugh out loud, not because the situation was exactly funny, but because I was seeing it through Finja's eyes, and she has such a distinct way of seeing the world.

Also, I loved the twist at the end. This is the kind you can go back over the beginning and think, OHHH.

Slightly off topic: someone close to me has OCD. It was enlightening to read this and have some "ah-ha" mo
Jillian King
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! What is even more amazing is that it is this author's first novel and written in English which is not her first language. The voices flow from a traumatised childhood to a deeply troubled adulthood with an almost naive honesty. OCD (Obsessive Complulsive Disorder) takes centre stage. The author treats this sensitive subject with the same open honesty that succeeds in portraying for us the debilitating and constrictive existence endured by the sufferer. It is a captivating t ...more
Stoney deGeyter
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story, and a great way to shine some light on OCD. Katja Schulz weaves together a compelling story of two friends growing up together and how OCD impacts the main character. Jumping forward and backward in time, you can't help but want to see how the characters get where they are in the unfolding story. While you feel strongly for the MC, she is imperfect herself, which really helps you understand relate to the struggles she faces, even when they are so far removed from our own live ...more
Isabel Towers
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finja and Sonja are two best friends who have shared everything since they were children. They support each other through hard times as they both have unkind, abusive fathers. However, Sonja developes a serious illness - obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Sonja is drawn into a world of debilitating compulsions and Finja is dragged in with her. As Sonja's compulsions become more and more debilitating and the impact on both their lives becomes too great to bear, Finja begins to consider whether ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exceptional debut novel. Shocking and funny, written with wisdom and intelligence, I can't recommend it enough. As an OCD sufferer, I had been looking forward to this book, and it didn't disappoint.
The story moves at a great pace, but the characters develop realistically and organically, and you're easily carried along with them.
If you want to I understand the reality of living with this frequently misunderstood condition, this book is as honest and truthful an account as you will ev
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was hooked from the start
The characters and places came alive which allowed my imagination to develop a visual view of the book. This is always an excellent sign that I am involved in the story. Katja,s writing captures how complex and controlling OCD is.
The friendship between Sonia and Finja is very strong and their story is a compelling read.
A brilliant first novel.
Judith P
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly brave and successful portrayal of the debilitating condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The author has been able to turn the story of her bewildering young life into a fascinating first novel. Although Katja reveals to the reader that English is not her first language, this is surprising as the writing is so clear and expressive. A most promising new writer.
N Smith
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is so perfectly written, from the childish joy at the snow to the visceral revoltingness of a certain male character. Schulz writes with heartbreaking clarity, everything observed with cool precision; I was totally caught up in Finja's world. The shocking twist at the end was brilliant and took me completely by surprise. ...more
Dennis Loynes
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super debut novel.
The story is captivating urging you to read just one more chapter.
The charachters are well drawn , some likeable and some definately not - perfect.
A well written 'must read' book.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a character with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and it accurately displays the disorder. I enjoyed the book very much and it kept me guessing until the end. I have OCD and although my experience with the disorder is slightly different and not as bad as the character in the book, it was refreshing to see it realistically portrayed.
Colin Smith
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog:

In short: If your only exposure to OCD is through characters on television, or popular stereotypes, you really should read this novel. And if you have loved ones or close friends who suffer with OCD, this novel may help you understand better what they’re going through.
Melanie Walker
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katja Schulz does not hold back with her "based on a true story", One Of Us Has To Go. Ms. Schulz has a true and raw writing style that brings to life Katja and Sonja, the inseparable companions who fight for their lives against mental illness, mainly OCD. While the story was hard to read at times because it is so raw and upsetting, I find that it would be beneficial to all sufferers of this illness to read it. Katja's story gives proof to those who suffer along side her. While each person with ...more
Sheila Marshall
An intriguing, incisive and open-hearted story that disrupts the very notion of what is commonplace.
For those of us who thought we had some understanding of this!
I would also highly recommend to those working in the Mental Health sector.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finja's new-found friend, Sonja, brings her the comfort and love that she has been craving. a high price!

This story transports the reader into a world of struggles at every turn against sources of perceived contamination.

There are many little twists which keep up the page-turning pace of the unfolding story, right 'til the final blockbuster.

No spoilers here, just a commendation for the author for a thoroughly gripping read from start to finish. Your view of OCD cannot fail to be enriche
Mark Billen
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. I have read it over several days; pausing to think about the issues raised and the characters encountered. The brilliance of the author's description of her problem and how she confronts it makes this book a very rewarding read. In a few months time I shall read it again and I am sure that I will be just as impressed. The quality of the writing make sit difficult to realise that this is Katja's first novel. Another is promised. I hope it is not too long coming. ...more
Paul Bannister
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written heartrending book,but not wihout humour, about a young girl growing up with OCD. Thoroughly recommend it
Lionel Barbot
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this book on the recommendation of a friend. It really moves away from my usual reading style.

"One of us has to go" is an easy to read book. The use of short sentences is welcome. All along the reading we have the impression that we have the author talking to us. We easily forget that this is an auto-biographical book. We feel involved in the story, we are listening to someone. This is similar to the use of "you" we often find in the books of Eastern European authors.

The first part on ch
Fiona Goswell
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hard to believe that this is a first novel. You can tell that it is written from the heart, and the story really moved along at a good pace. I found it very illuminating with regard to what it is like to live with OCD, not a condition that is always easily understood. The drama was well written and kept you turning the page. Loved it!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well written story guiding you to explore the world of OCD people. Pleasant to read.
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