Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

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Title: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Pages: 272
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Two-time Governor General’s Award nominee Teresa Toten is back with a compulsively readable new book for teens!

When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her–to play Batman to her Robyn–whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive . . .

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down.

 

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten teaches about and describes OCD, a very important mental health issue. This book also provides the reader with well developed characters and a mystery to solve. Toten has created a unique, humorous and fast-paced story that will entertain and educate at the same time!

The Unlikely Hero addresses some powerful topics, such as OCD and divorce. Teresa Toten depicts precisely and accurately through her characters what it’s like to deal with these issues. The characters undergo stress and challenges is their everyday lives and learn how to manage it through a support group. Teresa Toten has included several links at the back of her book regarding OCD and comprehending it.

The characters in The Unlikely Hero are developed in such a way that readers will feel like they know the characters personally. Another enjoyable aspect of this book is how the characters are given superhero names based on their personalities. For example, the main character, Adam, is Batman because he tries to save everyone and protect them. This idea is very unique and gives the issues being dealt with a fun side to them.

Fans of OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu will find a similar storyline in The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. There are two characters with OCD that fall in love. To spice things up, Teresa Toten adds threatening letters sent to the main character’s mom and the element of mystery. These plot twists make the book a completely different type of read.

If you enjoy books like OCD Love Story, or other mental health books, I recommend you read The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.

 

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