The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: [S.l.] : Doubleday Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780385678346
Branch Call Number: FIC Toten
Characteristics: 263 p.

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ttmagin
Apr 17, 2017

I have never read a book whose main character had OCD. Great idea for a book. The author drew me into the life of the character. But a few plot lines were weak. Glad I read this book and would recommend it.

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thinkpositive680
Aug 11, 2016

Awesome book!! (oh the innocence of adam :P) i learned and now have a better understanding about OCD, but didn't feel that i got bored learning about it. Very nice balance of adam's illness along w/reading about his social life. :D

Cynthia_N Apr 28, 2016

Good book! I felt like the author did a great job of letting us into Adam's illness but somehow without focusing too much on it. I liked that he didn't miraculously get better just because he fell in love. Very realistic read!

ellie_o Mar 14, 2016

I am so impressed with the books I have read lately that take on the weight of adolescent mental illness. I have battled with depression and anxiety, so although I don't have a true understanding of what it's like to have OCD, I can relate to some of the experiences in this book. Toten captures the inner battles so well, and nothing in the book stigmatizes or belittles mental illness. And the way Adam starts to realize that he's taking care of everyone but himself? I remember those conversations!
In many ways, though, this book is not about Adam's struggle with OCD. It's just another YA book about typical high school issues: family drama, sexual tension/crushes/dating, figuring out who you are within a group of friends. And that is wonderful to me - it's something I wish I had been reading when I was in high school.

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akilr_024
Jan 03, 2016

Very good book that finds the balance between heart-felt and empathy. Its an eye opener and makes you learn a lot about what teens with OCD go through.

jsinclair_0 Apr 02, 2015

This is a great book! It really gets to you emotionally. It helps you see life from a different perspecitive. "You can find friends in the most unlikely people."

MsJoann Oct 24, 2014

Wow, this book was engrossing, funny, tragic, heartbreaking, charming, romantic and just so good. If you liked Fault in Our Stars you'll enjoy Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.

k_t Dec 11, 2013

Loved it! Really interesting look at kids dealing with OCD and how things can escalate and also go into remission. I liked the love story too and Adam's point of view was unique and easy to relate to. Easy to see why it won the Governor General's Canadian Children's Award. Fantastic read.

samdog123 Nov 20, 2013

This title won the 2013 Governor General's award for Children's fiction. It's really intended for grades 6 and up. Adam, dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder, meets Robyn in "Group" and falls in love with her. Struggles at home with a seriously ill Mom make for trouble in paradise. A good read, but I found the plot surrounding the letters his Mom was receiving was not well resolved and left me wondering why? Maybe this was meant to reflect the theme of lying throughout the book and the saying that is repeated "everyone lies". A very thought-provoking read.

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ttmagin
Apr 17, 2017

ttmagin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 15

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thinkpositive680
Aug 11, 2016

thinkpositive680 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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rolaabouradi
Feb 15, 2015

rolaabouradi thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9

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