Miss Riki’s Review:
From the moment that Bea meets Beck, having a panic attack in a dark auditorium, she feels a powerful connection. He’s just the right amount of crazy to make Bea feel normal, and when she’s with him, she feels like falling in love again is a real possibility. But, things are more complicated than that. Despite an overwhelming attraction to sweet and strong Beck, Bea is becoming increasingly more obsessed with another man who has no idea that Bea even exists. Bea feels compelled to watch over this man, and has a journal full of her observations to prove that it might even be an obsession. Although Bea feels like she has her life under control, her behavior is becoming increasingly erratic and it might be time for some intervention.
This story is brilliantly written. Haydu spares no expense in depicting the inner workings of a mind with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and does an excellent job of keeping her characters overwhelmingly real. The narrative is harrowing and at times very difficult to read. There’s no doubt that it is exhausting being in Bea’s head, with her unfounded fears and her compulsive behaviors. I even felt uncomfortable at times, torn between wanting to comfort Bea and wanting her to just snap out of what she obviously cannot control. OCD is not simple, and it’s definitely not pretty, but Haydu explores the disorder with heart.
The romance in this book is so tender and heartwarming. Bea and Beck are broken teens, with problems much bigger than finding love, yet they find each other through the mess and are able to lift one another up when things get really out of control. I wanted to scream at Bea for messing things up with her compulsion to find out everything there is to know about Austin and Sylvia, but I should have known that Beck would eventually understand the impulse for what it is- a part of Bea’s disorder. Bea is scary to be around sometimes, but so is Beck, and they eventually find ways to support each other.
Although by all means not an easy read, OCD Love Story is compelling and honest, with richly depicted characters and an insightful look into an often misunderstood disorder.