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By Lynn Prime, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Strong depiction of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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The book realistically portrays the constant fears of someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Monica's friends, siblings, and parents -- even her beloved grandfather -- all love her but don't get it, and Monica is so wrapped up in her imperfections she is increasingly unable to cope with her life. The plot is solid and the characters believable, for the most part.

This novel tackles a difficult subject and does a good job of making Monica a sympathetic character. For a child who is just obsessive, the book offers some plausible solutions; but for someone with the true disorder, the answers here are too easy. Monica moves out of the depths quickly, which may relieve some readers and worry others who are much more mired in their difficulties.

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