Thursday, September 24, 2015

The unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Adam is part of a support group for teens with obsessive compulsive disorder.  When Robyn enters it is love at first sight for Adam.  And when everyone starts picking superheros after the counselor tells them to choose a new name, Adam has to choose Batman to pair with Robyn.  Adam is great at taking care of others and becomes a solid leader for the group.  At home he is dealing with his young half-brother who seems to be developing problems of his own and his mother who is receiving threatening letters.  But Adam is not so good at taking care of himself and soon his compulsions are growing out of control. 

Adam is a great, deep character struggling with his own problems while helping everyone around him.  The secondary characters are also nuanced and interesting.  Although I know some things about OCD, this book really gives the reader a sense of the frustration and problems for someone dealing with it.  Emotional and funny, a great story.