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June 15, 2015

Review: Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

Author: Tamera Ireland Stone
Published Date: June 16th, 2015
Page Count: 368

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Synopsis: (Found on Goodreads)
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Overall Rating: 5/5 (Would totally add more stars)
                I had the opportunity to read this out loud to my parents on our drive to see family for 10hrs. Maybe it’s because I was able to slow down and process more of the book because I was talking out loud but the emotions Every Last Word evokes is so strong and provoking. Highly recommend.

 Cover: 5/5
                I love the cover. It is so simple yet fits the plot of the book so well. The only thing that could be different is adding in a fry wrapper or something to represent the humor in the book as well. I also love that the title is said in the book. It makes it mean so much more.

Characters: 5/5
                Samantha: or Sam as she likes to be called during the summer is struggling to leave the safety net of “friends.” Her struggle with perfection and not being “crazy” is well written. Having OCD or Pure-O isn`t something that you want everyone to know about so her being to open up using poetry and making new friends shows such growth.
                AJ: He is shy in the hallways but if you give him a guitar and mic stand he sweats confidence. He teaches Sam about growing up and moving on. He stands by her even though they didn’t start out on the right foot. He keeps the key to Poet`s Corner and keeps the tradition of the room alive.
                Caroline: She is everything that Samantha is not. Brave and opinionated. I love that Caroline offers the best advice at just the right time. She makes it possible for those in need to make friends and find themselves. She is creative and funny and probably the perfect best friend.

Plot: 5/5
Stone writes such relatable characters and they experiences they have most teens have gone through. OCD is seen as not as serious so this sheds new light on an illness that some don’t know much about.
This isn`t just about OCD, its about moving on and realizing that having toxic people in your life isn’t healthy. That no one is ever going to be perfectly normal. Samantha grows so much in this novel.
Poet Corner, Freaking incredible. It sounds absolutely magical and whimsical and I could probably spend hours down there, reading every single poem pasted to the walls.
Social Media Reactions: Watch the panic of reading out loud to my parents occur in twitter and goodread updates.

Twitter Updates:
@tamaraistone @HyperionTeens reading #EveryLastWord out loud to parents on 10hr drive to Washington. 175 pages in and loving it. :)
@tamaraistone pg 245/355 reading out loud was a big awkward but we got past it. I'm feeling a crushing moment coming and I'm nervous.

@tamaraistone Oh My God... I just can't... My mom audibly gasped, my dad said "no fucking way" only 50pgs to go and I already want to reread

#EveryLastWord Last update. Finished in rest area and there were tears. Amazing story and I can't wait to pass it on. Thank you @tamaraistone

Goodreads updates:

page 228
"The swimming part. Oh Lordy. :) managed to read it straight faced outloud. I like AJ and I really don't want to see anything get messed up between Sam and Him. There is a sinking feeling that something will happen."
page 303
" Literally twitter has become this books journey. I'm just said it's over in 50pgs. Lots of feelings right now in the car"

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you read ELW yet? What outlets do you use to channel your feelings?




  1. Aww I love that your parents were so into it too! I agree, I thought that the fact that Sam was able to realize that her "friends" were so toxic was HUGE. And it doesn't seem like it happens enough in YA (or any book, really) so it was really refreshing! Great review, I really enjoyed this one too- AND had the feels (to answer your question, I have no good outlet, I just sob) ;)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. You`re right it doesn't really happen in YA books and it should.
      I had friends that were super toxic and it was really hard to let them go but when I did I felt like i removed a mask that I never realized i had on.

      thanks for stopping by


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