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Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he’s the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups—and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits—he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens oDaniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he’s the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups—and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits—he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. He hopes no one notices that he’s crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesn’t just notice him: she seems to peer through him.Then Daniel gets a note: “I need your help,” it says, signed, Fellow Star Child—whatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him.With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand....

Title : OCDaniel
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ISBN : 9781481455312
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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OCDaniel Reviews

  • Morris
    2018-12-06 00:29

    I wish there were more stars to give to “OCDaniel.” It’s a wonderful and emotional read that I think any middle or high schooler (or adult) will enjoy.Daniel is 13 years old and has OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), but he doesn’t know what it is. Written in the first person, he tells how his rituals affect his life and when the first symptoms began. While OCD is the main subject, Daniel also describes feeling like an inferior sibling and being bullied for other reasons, making it a good look inside the overall hell we know as middle school. There is a bonus mystery to be solved to add even more reason to keep turning the pages.I’m going to get personal for a moment. I have OCD, but it is the result of a bad accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury. This book had me absolutely sobbing during many of the chapters. The descriptions of the torment were almost too realistic. OCD is bad enough as an adult, but to go through it as a kid must be horrible. I hope those who have it, whether or not they know what it is, are able to find this book. It has the potential to help many people.“OCDaniel” is a book I recommend to anyone, even younger children who are able to read at a middle grade level. It’s a fast read, making it a good choice for reluctant readers. There are many opportunities for discussion for parents or teachers who wish to read it with their children or class.This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Wendy F
    2018-12-03 03:28

    (I just realized that the cover shows a q-tip stick figure! Both hilarious, and also kind of sad.)OCDaniel is the story of a 13 year old boy who doesn’t realize that he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, he believes he’s just going crazy. He hides his ‘zaps’ or compulsions from his friends and his family, and he has horrible panic attacks. As a mother, who’s daughter is 12, my heart hurt for Daniel. I just kept wishing that he would tell someone, or someone would find out, something so he could start getting help. He needed help.On top of the story of Daniel’s OCD, you were also reading him awkwardly trying to live up to the rest of the football team. In the beginning, Daniel is just a backup Kicker, or a glorified water-boy. However, he winds up playing, and being pressured to perform. He is also helping Psycho Sara to solve a mystery. His little 13 year old life is quite busy.What I liked: I really enjoyed the way Daniel talked about his disorder, that he called Zaps. Everything he said struck me as being so sincere. His own terms fit the symptom well, and even though it occasionally made me chuckle it was never without heartache. (Not too surprising, as the author explains having written the story from personal experience.) I also loved how Daniel coped by writing, and that the story he wrote was one that helped him make sense of what was going on with him. I loved that in a sense Daniel learns to accept his eccentricities, and even in some ways embrace the unusual. I liked Daniel’s friendship with Max, his best friend. I loved that even though they were so different, Max never seemed to treat Daniel like he wasn’t ‘cool’. In that way their friendship reminded me of Shawn and Corey from Boy Meets World.What I found harder to swallow: As I said before, I kept waiting for everyone to find out but apparently it wasn’t that type of book. That’s alright, I suppose. It’s just, for me, I was waiting to see how Max was going to react to finding out Daniel’s truth. Daniel’s parents weren’t horrible, but it killed me every time they came close to the truth only to willingly accept his cover-ups. I understand that Daniel was coming to terms with it in his own heart, but at the same time he was just a little boy and he was fighting a battle that I just can’t believe he would win on his own. (I also found all the ‘football’ stuff just a little outside reality.)At the end, while it was my urge to rate OCDaniel with one less star, I decided to go with four. I liked more than I disliked, and I also have to take into account that this is a book for the Middle Grade level. Should the message be about talking to your parents? As a parent myself, I think so. However, sometimes the story is more about finding acceptance in your own skin which is also important.Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest review.To read this review and more, visit us at Badass Book Reviews

  • Manybooks
    2018-12-01 00:29

    Thirteen year old Daniel (who is the back up punter for his high school football team) really and mostly spends his days and even his nights trying to hide and disguise his self-described "zaps" (actually his obsessive-compulsive tendencies) from everyone (his friends, his family, his teachers), until one day, a fellow student with the unfortunate and saddening nickname of Psycho-Sara sees both through and into him, offering Daniel her friendship, understanding and support.OCDaniel is recounted from Daniel's perspective and his first person narrative voice speaks not only loudly and clearly, but also realistically and authentically (the fact that author Wesley King struggles with OCD himself does, in my opinion, even further cement this feeling of realism, as Daniel's issues and the description of his obsessive-compulsive symptoms and so-called routines do always seem both plausible and probable). OCDaniel thus presents a heartfelt and at times heart wrenching plea for respect and acceptance for everyone, including those individuals experiencing and dealing with mental health and neurological challenges (tempered with and by a good and necessary dose of humour and wittiness so as not to turn the text, the story, into a maudlin tear-fest).OCDaniel is also (and imaginatively) presented as a bit of a narrative frame novel, as embedded in Daniel's narrative musings, his first person account of his school time and at home struggles with his OCD (as well as his emerging and blossoming friendship with Sara), there also exists a short work of fiction (that is presented as having been penned by Daniel himself), in which both Daniel and Sara appear as characters and are forced to battle monsters and general global mayhem. Daniel's creative writings (featured, appearing in a different font) become his place of solace and refuge, and are presented as the only place where he is ever truly free and released from his obsessions and compulsions (the only place he always feels at home and not so much a stranger in a strange and incomprehensible world).Now while the main thematics and plot lines of OCDaniel read both realistically and plausibly, the novel does unfortunately also feature a certain tendency towards over exaggeration. For me personally, the supposed mystery regarding Sara's father's "disappearance" and the fact that Sara and Daniel act like private detectives, even breaking into the house of a man Sara thinks might have murdered her biological father, in addition to Sara at first considering herself a New Age "star child" feel a bit contrived and somewhat less than realistic (especially considering that both Sara and Daniel are described as being very smart, the mystery disappearance scenario does tend to feel and be both distracting and for me also somewhat annoying, as frankly, that entire "cloak and dagger" sequence feels rather superimposed, almost as if the author has artificially added it to somehow satisfy a totally unnecessary requirement for adventure and subterfuge). Still highly recommended, and I do realise that the intended audience might, in fact, enjoy the adventure and mystery aspect of OCDaniel considerably more than I am.

  • Karen Upper
    2018-11-26 04:30

    For myself, this was an emotional read! Wesley King's OCdaniel is a powerful book of self awareness; realization, laughter and honesty. It is unlike ANY other book that I have ever read! There were times I saw myself reflected within the words, sentences and character of Daniel and his solidary inner struggles. Through out the book, Daniel is genuine, frank , sincere and unpretentious. His friendship with Max has him trying to be 'normal' and at the same time feeling alone and overwhelmed.Daniel's poignant discovery when Sara tells him that he is not alone in his fears for his mental well being, strikes the reader with genuine openness that as King states at the end of the novel, is a reflection of his own continual and constant battle with OCD.HIGHLY RECOMMEDED!!!FIVE STARS

  • Weinlachgummi
    2018-12-05 01:17

    Erster Satz: Es war an einem Dienstag, als mir zum ersten Mal klar wurde, dass ich verrückt war. Dieser erste Satz hat mich sofort angesprochen, genauso wie der Titel.Das Cover finde ich sehr schön und passend. Man sieht jede menge zahlen, aber auch einen Football Helm und Ball. Durch den Schwarzweiß Stil, wirkt es trotz der vielen zahlen nicht zu durcheinander. Der blaue Schriftzug passt sehr schön zum Buchrücken. Jedes Kapitel fängt mit einer großen Zahl an, sowie man sie auf dem Cover antrifft. Hast du dir schon mal gewünscht, alleine auf der Welt zu sein? ......Manchmal.......Ich auch. Wenn man die Einzige ist, kann man nicht verrückt sein. Seite 162Zum Inhalt. Daniel is Different, der Titel ist ja schon sehr Aussagekräftig. Und ja, Daniel ist anders. Man könnte vermuten, er ist ein Zahlennerd, liebt Mathe und so. Aber nein, er hasst Mathe, den mit Zahlen hat er Probleme, manche sind gut und andere schlecht. So muss er einige Dinge immer wieder wiederholen, bis er die richtige Anzahl an Wiederholungen zusammen hat. Und es ist extrem wichtig, dass er sich genau daran hält. Sonst passiert etwas schlimmes. Niemand weiß von seinen Problemen, weder seine Familie, noch sein Freund Max. So ist er ganz alleine damit, bis er auf Sara trifft, oder eher gesagt, sie auf ihn.Der Schreibstil von Wesley King ist sehr angenehm. Er schreibt sehr flüssig, aber auch mit ganz vielen Emotionen. Die Thematik des Buches ist ernst und macht bisweilen den Leser betroffen und traurig. Trotzdem schafft es der Autor, mit seinem Humor, das Buch nicht negativ wirken zu lassen. Erzählt wird aus der Ich- Perspektive von Daniel. So hat der Leser einen genauen Einblick in seine Gedankenwelt und diese ist oft erschreckend. Da Daniel einen Roman schreibt, wird auch dieser in das Buch eingebracht und wir Lesen immer mal wieder etwas aus seiner Kurzgeschichte. Natürlich war ich anders, schließlich versuchen die wenigsten Kinder, am Leben zu bleiben, indem sie Lichtschalter ein- und ausschalten und bestimmte Zahlen vermeiden. Seite 96Daniel ist der Hauptcharakter und war mir gleich sehr sympathisch. Er leidet unter Zaps, wie er sie selbst nennt. Er muss zum Beispiel den Lichtschalter so lange aus und an drücken, bis es sich richtig anfühlt. Wenn er dies nicht man, kommt die große Leere. Er ist erst 13 Jahre alt und fängt an sich für Mädchen zu interessieren. Außerdem spielt er Football, aber nicht für sich, sein bester Freund Max, sowie sein Vater stehen total auf diesen Sport. Er ist ein unheimlich lieber Charakter, den man gleich in sein Herz schließt. Er hat es mit seinen Zwängen so schwer, am liebsten würde ich ins Buch springen und ihm sagen, es ist ok, du musst dich nicht damit verstecken. Doch zum Glück taucht Sara auf, die dies für mich übernimmt. Sie ist auch 13 Jahre alt und wird Psycho-Sara genannt, schluckt jeden Abend 5 Pillen und hat so einige Diagnostizierte Erkrankungen. Auch sie ist ein toller Charakter. Beide wirken sehr Authentisch und liebevoll gezeichnet. Die Geschichte lebt für mich vor allem durch die liebenswerten und starken Protagonisten, Daniel und Sara. Sara trifft auf ihn, weil sie seine Hilfe braucht. Sie ermittelt nämlich gegen den neuen Freund ihrer Mutter, da ihr Vater verschwunden ist. So bekommt die Geschichte noch eine ordentliche Portion Spannung. Ich fand die Entwicklung ihrer Freundschaft sehr interessant und wie sich dadurch auch die Kurzgeschichte verändert, die Daniel schreibt. Am Ende des Buches gibt es noch ein tolles Nachwort. Danach war ich erst mal etwas baff.Fazit:Daniel is Different macht mich betroffen.Ein Jugendbuch mit Krimi Anteil, über einen sehr starken und sympathischen Jungen mit Zwangserkrankungen, der eine sehr humorvolle Art hat.Für mich ein besonderes Buch, welches im Gedächtnis bleibt und sich von der Masse abhebt.

  • Jeff Raymond
    2018-11-25 04:30

    Is it possible for something to try to be the OCD Stargirl?Maybe so, as OCDaniel is about a boy who is the backup punter on his school football team. He struggles to keep his situation in line, having a lot of small OCD episodes, and meets a girl who intrigues him with a mystery and might be a good distraction for him.There's a lot that's endearing about this book, but a lot that's kind of wrong about it. The girl, who signs a note "Fellow Star Child," feels like an attempt to subvert the whole Manic Pixie trope and just kind of falls flat, and Daniel's OCD is almost too stereotypical at times and the idea of him not having a clue as to what's going on until this point in his life defies believability. Especially when you have what is basically the seminal YA work on OCD in Kissing Doorknobs, a book like this doesn't necessarily have to surpass it, but it does have to go a little further in order to succeed, and this just didn't pull it off.Ultimately, not really a recommendation except if you're seeking something specific from it. Closer to a 2.5.

  • Patty
    2018-12-09 23:23

    *I received an advanced copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. All quotes taken from a pre-published copy may be altered or omitted from the final version.*** 4.5 Stars **!!Full review will be post on April 13th as part of the blog tour.

  • Jada Coburn
    2018-11-28 00:23

    this book was really good

  • Kathryn Class
    2018-11-29 00:33

    5 stars. Don't disregard this book just because it's in the Junior Fiction category. This would be a great bookclub book!! It takes on a tough subject and the characters are very well written and developed.There are many topics to discuss, such as feeling alone and weird, when/how to divulge a suspected mental illness, how the parents could've not suspected, or how long a child can cover up their OCD, ways to ask kids hard questions, how a certain friend can make all the difference when a person is facing a personal crisis, and more. I got choked up and teary at the end. It's not a sad ending. It's a loving ending. Important topic think about. I changed my original rating of 4.5 stars to 5 stars because I'm still thinking about the story. That means it was an excellent book.

  • Anthea
    2018-12-12 04:30

    This is a children's book about OCD. It did not meet my expectations unfortunately. Despite OCDaniel being the title, i felt that the main premise was not about obsessive compulsive disorder. It focused more on the romance and "unsolved murder"? Yes it did mentioned the routines and rituals that the protagonist struggle on a daily basis, however i feel that it wasn't enough. It was just a very surface brush over. There wasn't enough emphasis on how much this illness is taking over his life and affecting those around him.All in all was a disappointing read. Expected a lot better./

  • Christie
    2018-12-09 20:17

    It isn't often I really enjoy a book that I don't find rings true, but this is one of those. Thirteen-year-old Daniel is in middle school (I think, or maybe he is in a K-8 school, this is not made clear and was confusing when he conveniently sees his sister at "recess") and he is struggling to keep his OCD a secret from everyone around him. He believes he is crazy until he is befriended by a mostly non-verbal classmate, "psycho Sara" who seeks his help in outing her father's assumed murderer (her mom's boyfriend). Q-tip shaped Daniel, at 120 pounds, is also the back-up kicker for his school's football team, even though he mainly hates playing football. Daniel perhaps plays football to appear more normal and to maintain his friendship with his bestie, Max, star of the football team. I wondered as I read if some of the details were simply added as events that had taken place in the authors' life, particularly those that were dropped or added for no reason, with no backstory, or no followup. Daniel's voice in this story did sound real, but there were far too many details that felt convenient for the plot but quite implausible:The school setting was very rangy and inconsistent. Is this a middle school? Is it a K-8 school? Daniel has one only teacher, Mr. Keats, right? But on occasion he would mention seeing someone in another class or passing in the hall as one would find in a middle school with multiple classes/teachers. The importance of the "big game" also seemed too prominent for middle school, (although I suppose there are schools in which a middle school football game is the most important event happening). Taj was somewhat a close friend/teammate. Did he or did he not know that Daniel was crazy about Raya? Why was that dance invitation (conveniently right when Daniel was going to ask Raya to the dance) even included with no detail, backstory, or followup discussed. Even minute details that should have been caught, perhaps, by King's editor. Did Raya and Clara share a lipstick flavor because after spin-the-bottle forced Daniel to kiss Clara ("Her lips were really soft and tasted like strawberries.") and Raya both, in his later reminiscence is it Clara or Raya he remembers because he muses "I kept getting hints of strawberry like she was still there." I know this might seem trivial, but for some middle graders reading this story that first kiss may be really a significant event in the plot. Gotta get the details of the first kiss right.Facebook. Sorry, no middle schooler today does Facebook. (Did they ever?) It would have taken King's editor very little time to catch and fix this, just some other (any other!) app that kids today use.Factoring in my own incomprehension: I have had students but lack any 24/7 personal experience with OCD; I found the fact that Daniel's parents wouldn't know he was awake until 4:00 a.m. flipping lights on and off sadly crazy, but, if the author says it's true, who am I to judge that? How sad the denial must be for all members of the family. I also found the juxtaposition of Sara's loquaciousness with Daniel and her mute behavior with every other person in her life, too extreme. Is this possible?What I did like about this book was the friendship between Max and Daniel. Max's non-commitment to wanting ANY girlfriend was flawlessly delivered. (Side note: There actually ARE kids at this age who are inundated with romantic notions and hormones, but are just not ready for romance.) The dialogue between Max and Daniel was very realistic. Although I found no reason for Daniel's playing football, hating football but playing just to seem normal or, more importantly, as a tribute to his friendship with Max, works for me. I also felt the character of Daniel's dad was sadly believable. His dad wants to be a good dad and supportive, he wants to believe Daniel can play football well like his older brother; dad's forced game smiles were poignantly nuanced. I also thought Daniel's brother was perfectly played. His advice just what such a brother would give as he is a typical popular high schooler who cares about his offbeat brother but doesn't have time to take on what Daniel's parents should be noticing: his highly unusual behavior. Having taught students of this age for 17 years, I found Daniel's sort-of romantic interest with Sara and his gaga crush on Raya so true: the perfect middle school emotional roller coaster.

  • Sara
    2018-12-10 03:16

    ARC received through a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers This was a really interesting book about a disorder that I mainly have experienced only through the filter of popular culture. While reading this I found that Daniel's voice was very authentic and that I learned a lot about his experience with OCD, so I wasn't too surprised when in the afterword the author talked about how this book had a quite strong autobiographical slant.One thing I really enjoyed about this book was that it wasn't really *about* Daniel's experience with OCD, although that did play a large part in his character. It was a middle grade mystery with the disorder playing more of a side role. I think that this helped keep this from being clinical and that it will make it a more enjoyable book for the target audience.

  • Deena Lipomi
    2018-11-19 22:24

    Eighth grader Daniel is a reluctant football player, good friend and sibling, and slave to his Zaps that make him complete a routine every night; when an ostracized girl with anxiety issues befriends him, Daniel feels more and less alone in the world. Daniel's wit is great, as his relationship with his best friend Max, both of which break stereotypes. It was hard to believe Daniel hadn't already diagnosed himself with OCD given the ease of searching his symptoms online, but the story and characters were fantastic. A great upper-MG about anxiety based on the author's own experiences.

  • Daisy Paquet
    2018-11-23 03:19

    Oh. My. Unicorns.I need everyone reading this review to go buy a copy of this right. now.This was a *super cool* *super sweet* *superbly written* book! It was *amazing* to read, and I couldn't put it down! I cannot praise it enough. I'd recommend it to ages 10+, though, because of a mention of suicide.

  • Hanna
    2018-11-29 21:23

    Als ich begonnen habe, das Buch zu lesen, habe ich erstmal etwas ganz anderes erwartet, da man aus dem Klappentext nicht wirklich rauslesen konnte, worum es wirklich geht und ich mich auch nicht weiter darüber informiert habe. Also bin ich mit Erwartungen an das Buch, welche es mir nicht erfüllen konnte. Sobald ich festgestellt hatte, worum es wirklich geht, habe ich sogar überlegt, es abzubrechen, da Zwangsstörungen nie ein Thema für mich waren, worüber ich gerne lesen würde. Doch ich blieb dran und kam dann letztendlich zu dem Punkt, an dem mich das Buch wirklich fertiggemacht hat, ich wollte weiterlesen, konnte aber nicht anders, als es zuzuklappen und es wegzulegen, um mir Zeit zu geben, auf das Geschriebene klar zu kommen. Alles in allem ist es ein fantastisches Buch, welches die Ängste des dreizehnjährigen Daniels, welcher unter Zwangsstörungen leidet, perfekt in Worte fasst. Er kommt mit sich selbst nicht klar, es ist ihm peinlich, dass er anders ist, möchte sich dies aber keinesfalls eingestehen. Reden kann er mit keinem darüber, da er nicht als verrückt erklärt werden möchte. Schließlich glaubt er, er sei der einzige, der bei manchen Dingen das Gefühl hat, es falsch zu machen und es daher immer wieder machen muss, weil er ansonsten sterben wird.Doch dann kommt Sara. Sie beobachtet ihn und stellt eher als er selbst fest, dass er anders ist. Auch Sara leidet unter psychischen Störungen und versucht nebendran das Verschwinden ihres Vaters aufzudecken. Sie ist fest davon überzeugt, dass der neue Freund ihrer Mutter daran schuld sei und ihn umgebracht habe. Da Daniel ihr ähnlich ist, beschließt sie, dass er ihr dabei helfen soll, denn er würde sie verstehen. Für Sara ist er wie auch sie selbst ein Sternenkind. Jemand außergewöhnliches, welcher es jedoch nicht leicht im Leben hat. Zusammen kommen sie dahinter, was es mit dem Verschwinden ihres Vaters auf sich hat und eine einzigartige Freundschaft entsteht. Beide unterstützen einander mit ihren psychischen Störungen umzugehen und verhelfen sich somit zu einem glücklicheren Leben.

  • James Jr.
    2018-12-06 00:23

    There were many things that I liked about this book and only a few that I didn't. Let me just start with what I didn't like and get that out of the way. There is a good sized portion of this book dedicated to the main character's after school sport of football. The main character hates the sport and isn't good at playing it either. I felt that the chapters about this didn't do much in the way of adding to the character development. It just seemed like filler for the most part.Now onto the good things about this book. This book explains OCD in terms that I thin young readers will be able to understand. It gives an inside look at what life for a younger person with OCD is like and it even has an interesting story mixed in. The characters are well written, especially the main ones, and the story is appropriate for all ages.I personally found the resolution to be too neat and tidy, it is definitely a story with resolution. I would have liked it to be a little more open ended so that I'm left thinking more about the character after the story ends. Overall it was a good read and to my knowledge the first of its kind. I have never read another book that discusses OCD in an approachable way and think that for that alone it is well worth looking into.

  • Niki
    2018-11-19 00:29

    Daniel knows he is different. He is overcome by "zaps" and other struggles that take over his day to day routines. He is a member of the football team, but usually relegated to being the waterboy, a role he is much more comfortable in. His best friend, Max, is a popular boy, who saves Daniel from being a complete social outcast, but Daniel always feels he is at the fringe and never quite belongs. He befriends another child, who is also a fringe player and social outcast. She recognizes Daniel's uniqueness as similar to her own and the two strike up an unlikely friendship - just at the moment when they could both really use a friend. At the conclusion of the novel, author Wesley King shares his own struggles with OCD. This fiction novel is written from his heart and it is apparent in the gentle, loving way various mental health issues are handled in the novel. OCDaniel is a great reminder to us all to treat each other kindly and with compassion and it is a fantastic novel for children suffering from anything that is making them feel alone. We are not alone. Short-listed for the 2018 MYRCA.

  • C.J. Milbrandt
    2018-11-26 01:31

    Daniel is hiding his compulsions. Even his family doesn't realize how much he struggles with what he calls Zaps. He doesn't understand why he has to do certain things a certain way, but he can't stop. Flipping light switches and counting steps and avoiding the number four aren't normal. And he'd like to be normal. Then he gets an anonymous note from a "fellow star child," and things get crazier. Football games and middle school dances. Best friends and big brothers. Group projects and girls. This book was hard for me to read because I ached for Daniel. But I'm glad I shared his struggle for a little while. And witnessed his courage. He became real for me ... and owns a little piece of my heart.

  • Pfirsichfuchs
    2018-12-03 21:14

    Die drei Sterne beziehen sich auf das deutsche Hörbuch. Ich konnte einfach nicht reinkommen, der Sprecher hat mich nicht begeistert. Ich hätte es mir ein bisschen ernster und gleichzeitig gefühlvoller gewünscht. Es wirkt wie ein freundliches, schlichtes Kinderbuch, wenn er liest, dabei steckt viel mehr drin. Die Story allein bekommt von mir eine bessere Wertung, vier oder sogar fünf Sterne, denke ich, ich kann unter dem Eindruck des Sprechers aber grade nicht sagen, wie gut es mir gefallen hätte und wie viel ich hätte mitnehmen können, wenn ich es selbst gelesen hätte...

  • Courtney
    2018-11-19 23:13

    I loved this book and it surprised me. I picked it up on a whim because I'm always intrigued on stories with a disorder or different way of thinking. I think the author did an amazing job of describing the overwhelming feeling of OCD and that this should be required reading for all YR/Middle School kids. An interesting perspective and realizing we don't always know what's going on in someone's head. Also, I love Max.

  • Patrick
    2018-12-02 02:17

    This is a hard one to give stars to. I liked it. I didn't mind reading it. It just didn't grab me in the heart like I thought it would. Some parts better than others. There was a lot going on with several plot lines. Just was hoping for more of a wow story!

  • Cara Jordan
    2018-11-12 21:19

    I read this a while back but forgot to put it on my list but OCDaniel really was an amazing book and worth the time to read it i couldn't put it down and didn't want to stop reading it was greatly written and really was relatable for middle schoolers I would recommend it

  • Jade Crowell
    2018-11-28 01:08

    It was hard to start reading the book. But once I got a little ways into it I couldn't stop reading, the mystery aspect of this book kept me engaged. And the constant curiosity of how Daniel deals with 8th-grade drama was also another aspect that kept me reading.

  • Jessa Franco
    2018-11-19 01:36

    Just kind of meh? I really appreciated that there was more to the story than just learning about OCD, but I felt like the romantic subplot was a little forced.

  • Ben Sirois
    2018-11-17 01:26

    I truly recommend OCDaniel! This book gets 5 stars in my perspective. Wesley King did an amazing job of show his readers what a kid with OCD can really go through. I love how Wesley gives all of the characters such great personalities. The cover didn't make sense at first but once you are done reading it you understand much more about it. This is a hilarious and sad book. But it is also a quick read.

  • Eva
    2018-11-22 23:36

    A compelling and well written story that helps you understand the aching loneliness and terror of dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-28 01:17

    Very good book. 5 stars. Hilarious, this guy is the backup kicker for the football team, and he have severe OCD. Read this book.

  • Becky
    2018-12-02 23:18

    This story provides an important perspective on the experience of living with mental illness. It has left me determined to stop referring to "my OCD" when I'm talking about my annoying little quirks and preferences. For the first time, I can imagine what OCD really feels like. I believe that the greatest gift this story offers is a reminder that our deepest struggles begin to lose their power when we stop hiding and trust others to walk alongside us. There is nothing magical about honesty or community, but knowing that we are not alone can give us the courage to take the next step.

  • Scottsdale Public Library
    2018-12-05 01:12

    I loved this book. It took a sweet, nerdy, eighth grader desperately trying to figure out peer social behavior while surviving through his school day in one piece and layered on the extra hard stuff like sports and parties. Then if that wasn't difficult enough, our protagonist suffers from some additional difficulties that he doesn't want anyone to know about and that he never talks about; he creates his own names for these scary feelings that keep him up at night engaged in repetitive behaviors. One day a girl who has been silent since first grade actually speaks to him and seems to know something about his secret behaviors. She also thinks her father was murdered and needs help proving it. So amidst the craziness of 8th grade, these two extraordinary children set out on their detective work and in the process find themselves. There is relatively little actual info on OCD beyond the specifics of our hero's struggles, but for this age group that window is enough to kindle more interest if the spark is there. Kudos for a wonderful book. - Suzanne R.

  • Brittany
    2018-12-01 03:27

    3.5 stars. (I received an ARC from the publisher).I feel like the release of this book will impact the reception, because the success of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B has clouded my judgment a bit. There are so many parallels between these two books, but this one hit a little softer in comparison. The characters are likable, yet not lovable. I found myself rooting for Daniel and Sara, but not invested in them. The mystery aspect in the subplot is pretty well-done, yet mildly predictable.Daniel has depth and wit and charm and if he was real, I'd totally want to be his friend. I think he's well-crafted and people will read and finish the book because of him. Yet, it isn't a juicy page turner a la the other big OCD books out right now like Unlikely Hero and Every Last Word. However, I teach middle school, and my students will love this and it is far more age appropriate than some other books that discuss mental health and I think the target audience will accept this warmly.