I think I’m on a roll when it comes to reading hilarious young adult books by male authors. Lexapros And Cons by Aaron Karo is a funny debut AND a candid look at OCD. Chuck’s journey of dealing with his issues is definitely worth reading. I’ll admit the first line about how often Chuck has masterbated in the past year might be a bit of a turn off if you aren’t used to males, but it’s such guy humor and when you read Lexapros And Con, you’ll think back about how that first line is TOTALLY Chuck. I will admit, I did a little double take, but happily kept reading. Trust me you do not want to miss out because of being a prude or whatever, because Lexapros And Cons is an earnest read. No, really, it is.
Chuck Taylor is pretty much an average guy. He’s not a jerk or anything, but he has legit OCD. Like he always checks the oven knobs to make sure it is office, pees a million times before bed and has an entire system of colorful Chucks that revolve around his mood. Y’all, I loved the main character of Lexapros And Cons by Aaron Karo. He’s just so sweet and earnest, overall a good kid. AND I loved seeing the guy point of view when it comes to crushing and that first bit of romance when the phrase nice shoes gets decoded over and over. You see, Chuck gets this huge crush on new girl Amy who is a ginger and kind of a hippy, but you guys IT IS SO ADORABLE, but still total male at the same time. I’m not even sure how to word that so you understand just how much I loved Chuck’s character.
However, beyond Chuck Taylor, what I think Karo excels at in Lexapros And Cons is portraying OCD as more than just a throwaway characteristic. Aaron Karo shows that OCD is more than a character being hyper organized, but actually something that negatively impacts one’s mental health. We see how much Chuck’s OCD limits him. We see how Chuck can’t take chances and is a bit afraid to be spontaneous because he has these routines that he absolutely must follow because of his brain chemistry. Honestly, Lexapros And Cons is the best take I’ve seen on OCD in YA without becoming an issues book.
Y’all I’m seriously JAZZED about Lexapros And Cons by Aaron Karo. Like, I just want ALL OF YOU to read it, because it deserves attention. Lexapros And Cons left me doing a little fist pump in Chuck’s honor, because he’s a total underdog and whenever the undergoing triumphs I get SUPER excited and just can’t help the fist pump that ensues. Also,I want you to pick it up so when can discuss how awesome Chuck is. If you enjoy reading contemporary with a light touch, lovable characters, underdogs and an actual look at a real mental health disorder, GET ON LEXAPROS AND CONS. Seriously, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
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Lexapros And Cons releases April 10, 2012.