OCD, The Dude, and Meby Lauren Roedy Vaughn
With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and "unique learning profile," Danielle Levine doesn't fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a "social skills" class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle's resolve to keep everyone at arm's length starts to crumble.
Vaughn structures her debut as a combination of Danielle’s diary entries, e-mails, and the essays she writes for English class. Vaughn skillfully shows how making an actual friend and being introduced to the model of The Big Lebowski’s Dude (and his ability to “abide”) contribute to Danielle’s upturn. Her problems don’t go away, but her perspective on them and ability to cope shifts and improves. — Publishers Weekly
Vaughn employs various mediums such as emails, English essays, and letters to structure the plot of this novel. This literary style creates a multidimensional view of Danielle and humanizes obsessive-compulsive disorder. This novel would be a great addition to any classroom or library because adolescents will learn about perseverance from a typical teenager who has a unique way of viewing and interacting with world. — VOYA
With a touch of humor and sarcasm throughout, this one is sure to find an appreciative audience. — School Library Journal, starred review
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 5.90(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.88(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Lauren Roedy Vaughn is an award-winning educator who has spent twenty years teaching English to high school students with language-based learning disabilities. Lauren lives with her husband in Los Angeles, where she is an avid yogini and Big Lebowski nut.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started OCD, The Dude, and Me but I honestly wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Written as a series of Essay's, journal entries, emails and letters OCD, The Dude, and Me chronicles Danielle's life through out her senior year. Danielle doesn't see herself as other people see her. She sees a fat, messed up "freak". She often wonders if her parents are sorry they adopted her thinking that they couldn't have possibly bargained for a daughter with so many problems. During Danielle's senior life she grows by leaps and bounds. She finds love, the real kind. Makes surprising new friends. Realizes a talent that she wasn't aware of and finally starts healing from a tragedy in her past. In the beginning of reading OCD, The Dude, and Me I was having a bit of trouble connecting with Danielle. Once I started figuring her out a little I really got into this story and have already started recommending it to my daughters and will definitely be telling others I know to give this one a try as well. Reading this makes me want to watch The Big Lebowski again, read more Shakespeare and Rumi, and once again start a journal and fill my fridge with my favorite quotes. A wonderful Young Adult read! One of my favorite saying from the book, though I actually have many. "Little things, little things, are much more important than big things. Big things hit you in the face with their bigness and obscure the little, more important things that really define a life and provide it with delicacy. I don't usually reread book but I can see myself reading this one again and again.
Lauren pens "OCD, The DUDE, and ME" in a plot revolving around the issue of OCD. A great read that flowed nicely and had a touch of humor to it...I really loved some of the essays included, they had me going. This is not one of your "fluffy" YA stories, there is so much more within it. A great read for anyone 14 and older and one book you don't want to pass up! This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Convincingly written in the voice of a troubled young person, it brought back how it *really* felt to struggle socially in high school (didn't we all suffer to some degree?) and how little things become so big in the mind of a teen....Great read!!