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by Teresa Toten

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B gives readers an in-depth look at OCD by breaking down the stereotypes of what it is and how serious the condition can really be. I felt an instant connection with the main character, Adam, from the very beginning of the story. He’s the underdog who is trying to get a better hold on his condition while struggling with the fact that he feels stuck in the middle of life.

The novel has an enjoyable cast of characters that brings their own colors to the story and I love the tight-knit bond they form with each other (ex. calling each other their superhero code names). Inside and outside of their weekly group they work to help each other work through their issues.

As for the romance in the book, Adam is immediately attracted to Robyn, but doesn’t act on it right away even though he really wants to. Adam and Robin do have an instant connection but they start out with a budding friendship that eventually turns into a romance. They also act as a source of strength for each other.

It was eye-opening to read the pov of someone who has OCD, and after I finished the book I got a better understanding of what people with that condition struggle with and how it can easily escalate as well as various ways it can be treated.

This novel is a great story that highlights the seriousness of OCD, but I appreciated that it doesn’t wrap itself completely around the disorder. It not just a book about OCD, but rather it’s a story about a boy who has to overcome his fears and tries to gain courage over his extreme anxiety. It’s also a well-written coming of age story and it does a good job of showing the obstacles that we are sometimes faced with at that period of our lives. ( )
  Rlmoulde | Nov 25, 2017 |
This book is about a 15 year old boy named Adam who has OCD problems and a rough family life. When he goes to a support group and discovers the love of his life, he sees that he finally has a goal. A reason to get better. In the meantime, family issues are on the rise, along with Adams compulsive tendencies. In the fictional novel set in suburbia U.S., you find yourself being able to connect in ways with the main character as he walks through the trails and hardship of growing up and discovering who he is. ( )
  AnnaBailey | Mar 21, 2017 |
Adam has OCD to the extent that he goes to group therapy. The other teens in the group have trouble opening up and coping, so they all have superhero alteregos. When Robyn joins the group, Adam is smitten. He’s determined to get better for her, to stop lying, to stop his compulsions, and to start doing the work assigned in therapy. His mother, however, has her own issues that keep Adam’s anxiety high. I’ve never known much about OCD so it was enlightening to read about teens suffering from it, and the different things they do - as well as the different ways to cope. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Dec 26, 2016 |
Adam has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and meets regularly in a support group. When he falls for a girl in the group, things get more complicated. He struggles to work through his personal struggles and discovers inner strength to keep moving forward.
  CindyNeils | Jul 29, 2016 |
Adam Spencer Ross suffers from OCD. He seems to have resigned himself to a restricted life until he meets Robyn in his Young Adult OCD Support group. Totem writes of his falling in love with such tenderness and passion that we have no doubt Adam is motivated to get well. The team group adopt superhero names and develop an odd collection of relationships. At times sweet, and often hilarious, the reader routes for Adam, Robyn, and all the other teens.

Adam not only has to cope with his own problems, but his divorced mother has become a hoarder making it impossible for Adam to bring home friends or even feel comfortable in his own home. His compassion for others and his desire to be well make him a character to root for.

If you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon or House Rules by Jodi Picoult, you will love this personal glimpse of the mind of a teenager with obsessive compulsive disorder. While clearly showing us how OCD restricts Adam’s life, we come to understand the depth of this illness. This book is well deserving of the Governor General’s Award. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jul 10, 2016 |
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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 and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a "normal" relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that's not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam's mother has started to receive . . .

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:31 -0400)

"Adam not only is trying to understand his OCD, while trying to balance his relationship with his divorced parents, but he's also trying to navigate through the issues that teenagers normally face, namely the perils of young love"--

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