Reading Response ~ It’s Monday!!


The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

What happens when you meet the girl of you dreams during one of your obsessive/compulsive support group meetings? You vow to save her until the end. Adam Spenser Ross has OCD. He spends his days counting and ordering things until he feels they are just right. He attends an OCD support group every week where he is the least “crazy” of them all. And then in walks Robyn Plummer. Recently released from a residential treatment center, she comes with her own set of problems. Now Adam must not only deal with his compulsions, he has made it his goal to help save Robyn.

His plans to make himself get better and to help Robyn and the rest of his OCD support group members is compounded by the fact that Adam’s mother, who is divorced from Adam’s father, is getting anonymous threatening letters. The type that you often see from kidnappers: letters that are formed from cut-out words from magazines. Can Adam help his mom, Robyn, and the rest of the support group before it completely undermines his own efforts to become better? You’ll have to wait and see when you read The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a wonderful story that will capture you from the very first page. Teresa Toten does a superb job at handling the issues of mental issues and the compulsions people with OCD go through. The plot is very interesting, with a wonderful mixture of humor and mystery. You are met with a variety of interesting characters; from the support group members (who each get their own Superhero names), to Adam’s parents, Robyn, and Adam’s four-year old step-brother who is both endearing and has problems of his own. This is a wonderful book that lets you see into the world of OCD and I believe that this book would appeal to almost any age-group.

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