Today’s team review is from Wendy, she blogs at http://booklovercircumspect4.wordpress.com
Wendy chose to read and review The A to Z of Normal by Helen Barbour
This the first book every written by Helen Barbour! Congratulations to her in succeeding and achieving her dream!!!
This book involves Clare, who has OCD, and has accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Tom. Clare has a type of OCD that involves Symmetry and Orderliness. She has been keeping her OCD a secret from everyone her entire life. Once he proposes, she has to face what the OCD is doing to her life and her relationships with her family and with Tom. Clare tries really hard to acknowledge her condition and takes steps to try to change her behavior by seeking support in a weekly therapy group. This is where she meets Michael, who has a similar form of OCD, and he is ready and willing to help Clare.
Also, going on in the story is Clare’s dysfunctional relationship with her older sister, Fiona, (who has some serious issues of her own going on) and her bizarre relationship with her father. As Clare struggles throughout the book to control her OCD, she encounters triggers that keep forcing her backwards, and possibly ruining her relationship with Tom.
I could totally relate with Clare and her need to have some control by keeping everything in its place. I’m always telling my daughter that everything has its place, so that we can easily find it…. It was nice to read a book that dealt with a mental health issue in a way others can relate. I also was interested in reading this book as my significant other has OCD.
The book’s setting is in the United Kingdom so getting used to the different phrases that they use was also very interesting.
Thank you to Rosie Book Review Team for a free copy of this book for an exchange of an honest review.