Stars out of 5: 3 Stars
A thoroughly different and original work touching on difficult subjects and still managing to keep it humorous. The Reading Club decided to call it a ‘Pysch Romance’. It’s better not to ask what on earth that means…! Some of us liked it, others didn’t, the reason being they didn’t like the personality of Grace, finding her a little too harsh in her opinions.
Our main character has an OCD surrounding counting and it had completely taken over her life. In walks Seamus the handsome and perfectly average guy that turns her life on its head.
Instead of a stereotypical story of her falling in love and getting treatment, and being ‘cured’, (which is impossible) we are taken on a very realistic and rather scary story of how it really is enduring a mental illness and everyone ‘trying to help you’. It is raw and painful at times watching her lose herself until she is a drowsy, overweight, unemotional being constantly watching TV.
The end of the book is still very hopeful, she takes back control of her life and though she stops her medication and her treatment it is very clear that she has learnt to be more adaptable, actually uses her compulsion to get herself a job, which she does very well indeed. Her relationships are improved tremendously, she comes out the other side better for the experience.