Toten,Teresa. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. Book Review.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

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.


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