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List of Ten

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A harrowing yet hopeful account of a teen living with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder . . . and contemplating his own mortality.

Ten: three little letters, one ordinary number. No big deal, right? But for Troy Hayes, a 16-year-old suffering from Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the number ten dictates his life, forcing him to do every
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published March 16th 2021 by Sterling Teen
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Gary Anderson
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As if navigating high school isn’t difficult enough, sixteen-year old Troy has Tourette syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Halli Gomez’s debut #ownvoices novel List of Ten begins on February 1 with Troy’s list of ten things he plans to accomplish before April 6, the tenth anniversary of his diagnosis. The first item on his list is “Get my first kiss.” Number ten is “Commit suicide.”

When Troy’s math teacher moves his seat, he ends up next to Khory. At first, Troy’s involuntary impulses m
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
What most people see when they look at 16-year-old Troy Haynes are his tics, his clutching hands, his behavior that causes him to align objects, touch the floor, and shout out words that don't belong. Troy has Tourette syndrome (TS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder and he is weary, sad, and ready to die. ...more
Barb Johnson
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I was going to be in love with this book like everyone else, but then it got me... and got me hard. ...more
Marti Leimbach
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I was destined to love LIST OF TEN. First, because I have a son with a disability that means he has a few tics (and other issues), so I had an immediate "feel" for the story. Also, I began reading the novel on the lead up and while in hospital for a surgery that was most uncomfortable. This meant that I was totally tuned into pain so that whenever Troy (the main character in LIST OF TEN) felt pain I totally got it. During my stay in hospital, I also felt a bit of a spectacle at times, as Troy do ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of List of Ten in exchange for an honest review.

I don't have Torette's or OCD so I can't speak to how accurate the portrayal of either were here, but I really loved how developed Troy as a character was outside of that without ever downplaying how much his conditions effect him. I really loved reading him and the way he grew throughout the book, but there is a character in this who felt a little manic pixie despite having a lot of things she was deal
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book a knew right away that it was going to be special. I’m so thrilled to see it finally coming out into the world!
Carol Baldwin
For ten years, sixteen-year-old Troy Hayes has lived with the diagnosis that he shares with his estranged mother: Tourette syndrome. Troy not only suffers from uncontrollable muscle twitches that are accompanied by severe pain, he also has obsessive compulsive disorder. The two together make his academic and social life unbearable. Troy decides that the only way out of his pain is to kill himself.
By page two the reader knows it is only a matter of Troy getting through the other nine items on his
Tonja Drecker
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel, which digs deep, pulls at the gut and heart-strings, and gives a light at the end of a dark tunnel.

Troy is sixteen and was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ten years before. With the tenth anniversary of this diagnosis approaching, he decides to create a list of ten things to complete before that day is achieved. The last on his list will finally mean an end to a life he no longer wants to fight and suffer through. As he starts hacking away at h
Sally Kruger
In the interest of full disclosure, a friend of mine and I were experimenting with writing a YA novel with a character with Tourette syndrome. Both of us got distracted and busy and never followed through. After reading LIST OF TEN by Halli Gomez I have realized that we could never have done the topic justice. Gomez herself has Tourette so the detail she brings to this amazing novel makes it a truly revelatory work.

Troy's mom left years ago. Troy has never understood how she could leave him when
Mathew Joben  Thomas
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
🍂Review: Inspiring... that's how I will sum up this book. In a world where normal is overrated and 'special' is a synonym for not normal, this book is something everyone must read before they die.
•I have always genuinely wondered how people with mental illness lived. This book answered that question. This book gave me a chance to be and feel what a 16 yr old with tourettes, ocd and anxiety feels and goes through every minute of his existence. I felt his pain, helplessness, sadness, and anxiety.
Lisa Mandina
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot from this book. First off, I always thought it was Tourette’s Syndrome. But it isn’t. It’s just Tourette Syndrome. And it wasn’t just that I learned things, this book really made me feel a lot of emotions. Sadness for sure, but also some good hopeful things, as well as definitely some anger at people who acted the way they did. But I get it, I’m sure without realizing it I’ve done similar types of things to people who behaved in ways I was unsure of. I feel like books like this a ...more
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 - List of Ten is about a teenager named Troy Hayes. Troy, now 16, started showing symptoms of Tourette Syndrome as a child and a year later his mother, from whom he inherited the neurological disease, abandoned the family. He is also Obsessive Compulsive and has a fixation on the number ten. He's in constant pain from his physical tics, tries to be as invisible as possible, and doesn't go out much. He is just tired of his existence and wants to die. So, he's written a list of ten things he ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This important book about living with Tourette Syndrome and OCD is equal parts inspirational and heartrending. Troy has struggled his whole life with the pain and stigma of a disorder that almost no one understands. He’s used to being looked at like he’s either crazy or on drugs. And the one person who could have helped him work through the emotional and physical turmoil he’s gone through—his mother—abandoned him as a child. Troy doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, all he sees is more ...more
Nicole Lesperance
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. It was a difficult, heartbreaking, life-affirming, incredible read, and I honestly struggle to put my thoughts together coherently on it. Troy is exhausted by living with Tourette Syndrome and OCD, and he's decided to create a list of ten things he needs to do before committing suicide. As he makes his way through the list, his life starts to change, and without giving away too much, he makes some really difficult and powerful decisions. The author paints a vivid portrait ...more
Sarah Shelmandine
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
List of Ten is a courageous and honest story about the challenges facing a teen with Tourette Syndrome. The writing is sharp and witty. Dialogue and internal monologues are peppered with pop culture references and delightful sarcasm, which transports the reader directly to the world of teens.

That's not to say the book doesn't tackle difficult subject matter - it does, but with humor and grace. Whether it's the physical pain of Tourette, the raw fear of loss, or the guilt of survival, the author
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
An amazing story about living with Tourette Syndrome that everyone should read

Key words: contemporary fiction, own voice, Tourette disease, mental health

I am so glad I got an eCopy of this book thanks to a book tour because otherwise I would have missed this great story.

Troy is a sweet character and I enjoyed reading his story and learning more about his condition. Moreover, since this book is an own voice (meaning the author also has Tourette), you know it is authentic and it allows you to und
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It's the kind of book I hope is assigned to entire school districts to read. It's at once a touching, illuminating and at times devastating portrayal of a teenager dealing with Tourette's Syndrome, but also a fast-paced book with an irresistible "list of ten" narrative device that makes it impossible to put down.

I’ve found it so hard to read during quarantine, but I flew through List of Ten. It’s rare I get so much out of walking in someone else’s body/mind for a few hundred p
Megan Freeman
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
This is a brave, brutal, and beautiful book about a kid struggling with the real and painful realities of Tourette Syndrome. I found Troy entirely believable and sympathetic, and I rooted for him the whole time, though I was worried sick that he wouldn't be okay in the end. The plot of the book is deftly crafted and peopled with wonderful characters, and readers are given an intimate and personal glimpse into the world of a teenager burdened with the physical and emotional challenges of Tourette ...more
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Beth Dettman
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this own voices book! So interesting. Tourette seems like a really horrible disorder, and I wonder how anyone copes with it. The main character, Troy, seems really realistic. I felt like I could sort of understand (although, I'm sure I could never fully understand) what it would be like to have to deal with everything he deals with. I liked how the book didn't tie up everything with a nice bow, but was still hopeful. The writing was a little stilted, but the story and characters m ...more
May 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: hs-library
Got and insight on what it's like to live with Tourettes. I can't possibly imagine. His mother had Tourettes but left him with his father when he was young, saying he would be better off. Dad is remarried with a very understanding wife and a new baby sibling. This young man makes a list of 10 things he wants to accomplish before the 10th anniversary of his diagnosis of Tourettes. The last thing on his list is to commit suicide. ...more
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Compelling and enthralling. Troy's voice grips you from the first page, and you won't want to stop reading. The author beautifully brings to life a sixteen-year-old boy with Tourette Syndrome and OCD. You'll feel every twitch and pain as Troy navigates a difficult world, trying desperately to fit in but always standing out. Heartwrenching but ultimately hopeful. ...more
Kimberly Larsen
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The reader is immersed in the life of 16-yo Troy Hayes who suffers fromOCD and Tourette's. His voice is snarky and perfectly relatable. The book grabs the reader from the beginning with Troy's 10 item bucket list, with #10 being "Commit Suicide." Important and hopeful, this book will resonate with teens struggling with any aspect of being "different." ...more
Star Cowart
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was very real. The experiences of someone with Tourette syndrome, OCD, depression and suicidal thoughts. Ms. Gomez does not hold back and you can tell she's experienced through her writing and portrayal of Troy. It was an emotional ride for me the whole way through and I loved and appreciated every moment of it. ...more
LS Johnson
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was captive from the first chapter. Very engaging, heartbreaking, awkward and funny. This may seem odd, but the paper this was printed on felt so unique. It made the reading experience very positive.
Brittany Nyhus
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm torn between a four and a five star rating. Such an important book for kids. It was written in a really realistic voice. I would be careful who reads it due to the constant referral to and planning of suicide. ...more
Jenna Barnum
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Karen Stevens
Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very different kind of YA story - tackling Tourette syndrome and suicidal ideation with care and real-talk. Sweet friendships and characters that are well written- not too cheesy and quite realistic. I’m grateful for such brave writing.
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read and an amazing story! It is a YA book, but I encourage parents to read before handing it to their young teens (it is very “true to life” with nothing held back)
Heather Truett
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!

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