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Shelf Control #13

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s another hopefully lovely Wednesday and I’m here with my Shelf Control post. Once again, I’m going to spotlight a book I want to read focused on mental health for Mental Health Awareness Month. 🙂

Here is what Shelf Control is and the rules: Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.


  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments!
  • If you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and…have fun 🙂

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone


Published: 2015 // Length: 368 pages

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear. 

Why I want to read Every Last Word: I didn’t realize this book focused on mental health at first. Obviously, after I read the description, I figured it out. Regardless, I haven’t read many books featuring OCD so it’d bring some diversity into my reading.

Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I love stories about “popular girls” who don’t have it all. I know they get such a stigma in school and the media, but their lives aren’t perfect.

Have you read Every Last Word?