Submitter: “Weaknesses: Keesha is Black and her dialog is in a quasi-Ebonic style, which doesn’t go over well now. Donna is a “bad girl” and goes to a home for expectant mothers. The parents, even though they have seen Tara’s behavior for years, refuse to believe anything is wrong with her. This is dated in so many ways.
What I really think: Treatment and perception of OCD has changed so much in the last 20 years that I will weed this book. It hasn’t been checked out in a while, doesn’t smell great, and is a bit more YA than most of my titles now. My readers have been skewing younger for some time now. No idea why.”
Holly: Our friend Karen at Ms. Yingling Reads (quoted above with permission!) found a doozy with this one. You’ve heard us say it a bajillion times: anything health-related has a shelf life of about five years. I read this book maybe ten years ago, actually. It was dated then too. Kids experiencing OCD, or who know someone with it, deserve a current portrayal. Check out Ms. Yingling’s full review here!