OCD, The Dude And Me – Book Review
Many teenagers consider their senior year of high school the best time of their lives. Danielle Levine isn’t one of those girls. Adopted Danielle – with her “wild nest of red hair” and “thunder thighs” – perceives herself to be a social outcast at the special school she attends. You know the kind. The school for “high potential students with learning disabilities”.
Of course, Danielle isn’t all that interested in socializing with her classmates. Quite frankly, she’d rather spend her time doing more important things – like alphabetizing her personal library, organizing her snow globe collection, cutting up postcards to decorate her headboard, and participating in Friday night re-enactments of Jane Eyre – wearing authentic period costumes!
But, it’s Danielle’s senior year of high school, and Danielle’s parents, teacher and psychologist are intent on improving Danielle’s social life!
OCD, The Dude And Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn is the highly original story of a young girl who is struggling to grow up while coping with OCD and other challenges. The story chronicles Danielle’s senior year of high school year and is told through Danielle’s writing, which include class essays, personal entries in her journals and me-moir, e-mails and postcards, personal rants and mental health missives. As you read the entries, you’ll simultaneously laugh, cry, shake your head in frustration, and marvel at the raw emotions and profound insights Danielle shares. You’ll love Danielle’s unique way of looking at things. Once in awhile, you may even see yourself on the pages!
The following excerpt, from Journal #5 of her England Trip, is one of my favorites:
Our lives are like that. We all probably change a little every day and we don’t really notice the changes. But if we look at ourselves today and think back to a year ago, we might be surprised by what we find. It’s hard to bring change into our lives, I think, and so that’s why it doesn’t really happen radically most of the time. Although, wait, sometimes things do change without our choice. I guess what I am talking about is conscious change. That kind of change I think takes time like the diet woman showed through her photographs.
I really loved this book and so did my husband. While not G-rated (Ms. Harrison, Danielle’s English teacher, is constantly chiding Danielle for her loose way with words), I totally agree with Kirkus Review: this gook is “a must-read”!
About Lauren Roedy Vaughn
Lauren Roedy Vaughn is especially equipped to write Danielle’s story. She has been a special education teacher and a writer for nearly 20 years. In 2005, she received the Walk of Hearts Teaching Award, and she serves on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association’s Los Angeles Branch. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, when she was in elementary school. She came to California for college, met her husband at the University of California, Irvine, and they have lived in Southern California ever since. Together, they share a love of The Big Lebowski. When not teaching, reading, or writing, Lauren is usually on a yoga mat.
Her latest book is the contemporary humorous young adult fiction, OCD, The Dude And Me.
For More Information:
- Visit Lauren’s Website.
- Visit the OCD, The Dude And Me Book Tour Page.
- Connect with Lauren on Facebook and Twitter.
- Visit Amazon.
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OCD, The Dude And Me – Book Giveaway
UPDATE: Congratulations to our Winner, Georgia Beckman –
Random Org picked Lucky #1 this time round!
Would you like to win a copy of OCD, The Dude and Me? I’m delighted to share that Lauren would like to award one copy of her book to one of my US/Canadian readers!
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