Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B Book Review


Title: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-0553507867

304 pp.

ARC provided by publisher


If this gem of a book slipped your notice when it first came out, go ahead and put it on your TBR pile. It's one of those sad, funny, honest, and ultimately optimistic contemporary YA novels that remind you why you love YA.

Adam starts group therapy for his OCD and is instantly captivated by fellow OCD sufferer, Robyn. As the group bonds over superheroes as a way to express themselves, Adam becomes Batman to Robyn's Robin (I see what you've done there).

But as much as Adam wants to get better - for the group, for his mom, for his little brother, for himself, and especially for Robyn - he's not. He's getting worse and there's no way he can save Robyn when he can't even save himself.

You can tell that Teresa Toten loves her characters and has done the research to bring their problems and their personalities to life. My one quibble is that some of the support group members never get to shine and don't get past spear carrier status. But the main characters shine like stadium lights at a night game. So, like I said, put it on your TBR pile.

I'd recommend The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B to readers who enjoyed Wildlife by Fiona Wood or Reality Boy by A.S. King

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