Every Last Word

Every Last Word

by Tamara Ireland Stone

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ISBN-13: 9781484723647
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 23,885
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tamara Ireland Stone (www.TamaraIrelandStone.com) is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which Melissa Marr praised as a "beautifully written, unique love story," and has been published in over twenty countries. A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco.

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Every Last Word 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This comes from a reader that is extremely picky with her books. I must say that this book is amazing. I fell in love with this book after only a few pages. There were even times where I couldn't put the book down. Not only does this book display a lot of different emotions, but it teaches you lessons as well. The book does not go too fast or too slow, but it seems as if it is written perfectly. You'll fall in love with this book, and as well, the characters. Every character in this book was unique. If you're looking for a heartfelt story that is beautifully written, then this book is the one for you.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. I fell in love with this book from the first few pages. I was very intrigued to see where this story was going to take me. I was very very impressed with this story and this is an author I plan on reading more of her work as she publishes. Every Last Word is about a young girl named Samantha who is in high school she suffers from OCD but only her family knows, not even her closets friends the Crazy Eights don't even know. This is something she fights and deals with on daily basis. Some days are better than others. She goes and sees a therapist who is helping her and for Samantha it doesn't seem to work she wants a normal brain. Though as the story progresses we see a change in her and I have to say it is for the better. One day she meets a new person Caroline and she introduces Sam to the Poet's Corner and I have to say I wish they had this in our school. The person who decides if she can come in is someone that has a past with Sam and her friends and it is not a pretty one. With a lot of growing up to do Sam learns to say sorry, learns what is real and not real, learns to gains confidence, strength, a voice all that were within her but it took Caroline to bring it out in her. Towards the end it was a twist that I didn't see and I literally kept going whoa! The author did a great job with bringing the character Sam to life and what she has to deal with being OCD. The other character AJ he is a sweetheart and you can tell he is accepting of Sam way before she even believes he is. Sue the therapist is a great character for Sam being as she never talks down to Sam but she rather builds her help and lets her know she can get through this all. She needs to stand up for herself but she doesn't force her to talk she just listens which is what Sam needs.  This is one story that will pull you in and keep you reading to finish the book so you can see what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. At times, I felt the need to just cry. The characters were very relatable. They all seem to be people that every teenager seems to have something in common with. There were moments when I looked at the scenarios in the books, and wondered how it would affect my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and honest, I felt every emotion the main character felt. It deals with mental health issues so well. Even though I dont have OCD, Ive never felt so completely attached to a character or related to one so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plan and simple........ Best book!!!!!
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
I was almost instantly wrapped up in this book.  I absolutely adore that Sam’s mom is both in the picture and incredibly involved and supportive.  On top of this Sam has this completely rock star therapist “Shrink-Sue”.  Both of these almost seemed unreal in my jaded perspective but it made sense in the story and I really liked it.  I found the portrayal of this type of OCD very accurate and appreciated the obvious research that went into developing the characters.  The relationship she has with her friends is awful.  I often found myself thinking of Mean Girls. d73869e430c1f82b7f0379af6b54a2041f65d91aea52d2564cdfbf31bfdca873 I was fully ready to give this a complete five stars until the very weird twist.  It’s not that I don’t like the twist because I do.  It was finally a twist that I hadn’t completely expected.  I even loved the romance which was truly gasp worthy.  I’m not someone who likes much romance – in fact I tend to avoid it.  The twist just didn’t seem to fit with everything else very well.  It was good but it didn’t flow quite right for me.  Perhaps because of my own experience in the mental health scene this addition didn’t make complete sense.  This really did fill a bit of a hole for me in the YA I’ve been reading recently.  If you are needing a break from fantasy or pure romance I highly recommend this! This eGalley was provided free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Disney Hyperion for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** Every Last Word follows a girl named Sam, who is part of the popular crowd. These girls are rude to others and aren't very welcoming to outsiders. Sam is best friends with them, but she knows she doesn't fit in with them. She also has OCD, and she hasn't even told them. She's been keeping it a secret from them for years.  She struggles to feel normal and accepted because she is always so scared of what her friends think of her, which is why when a new friend named Caroline shows her this group called Poet's Corner, she instantly feels like everything could be okay again. She has a new close friend and she even begins to fall for a guy named AJ who initially hated her. Things are going good for once in her life, and things couldn't have been better. I felt so bad for Sam a lot of the time. Nobody should have to worry about what others think of them, especially when it comes to best friends. Sam was constantly scared to be without her friends even though they were ruthless and horribly mean to others, just because she didn't want to be alone. She didn't know how to live without them, which was quite saddening. That's why I was so proud of her when she met Caroline and had tons of new friends. Sam was beginning to branch out and experience things for herself without the guidance of The Eights.  I absolutely adored AJ. I felt so bad for everything that had happened to him in the past, and honestly I was surprised when he decided to let it all go because he saw how much Sam had changed. That was very big of him, which was impressive. AJ was also just so sweet and kind all of the time, as he was so welcoming towards Sam. She definitely needed someone like him in her life. I also really liked Caroline. She instantly took Sam under her wing and showed her that she can be herself because there are more accepting people in the world than The Eights.  The Poet's Corner was just the coolest idea ever. If my high school had a club like that, I'd definitely join. I love writing though I am probably not the best at poetry (trust me, I've tried). Anyways, there was a lot of poetry strewn throughout this book which was just brilliant. I loved how one character always wrote her poems to read on fast food wrappers and then how after they read their poems to the group they were handed a glue stick so that they could paste their poetry on the wall. It was just such an artsy group of people that welcomed anyone and I loved it so much. The Poet's Corner was a place to be free and not judged. Everyone could be themselves without the constant pressures of high school hierarchy getting in the way.  This book was completely bittersweet towards the end and I was so surprised by the ending plot twist that I had to go back and reread this one section a few times just to make sure I was understanding what was going on correctly. It was a complete mind-bend! I'd definitely suggest giving this one a read if you have the chance. Beautifully written and extremely heart-warming at times, Every last Word is a book you won't regret reading.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I wanted to read Every Last Word because I am drawn to books with mental illness. I deal with it myself, and though my main issues are bipolar and anxiety, I do have touches of OCD. For example, I have a parking spot, and if that's taken a parking row at the stores I frequent, and I have a bite ratio where I eat in a way to have a certain amount of each or at least top 3 to have last bites in order of preference. I also get trapped in some thought cycles, so I can say with personal experience that Every Last Word is well researched and her disease is realistic.      Samantha is an easy character to like and for me to empathize with. She has popular friends, and though she constantly worries about her position in their personal heirarchy, and that they'll find out about her disease. I loved it when she meets Caroline, who is more of a normal person (i.e. not super popular, but has her own group of friends that are connected by interests-- and mostly, not in the spotlight like her current group is.) And they are also more genuine. Sam sometimes talks with her therapist about them and her psychiatrist urges her to expand her circle of friends.      I liked Sam's mom. She is very in touch with what her daughter deals with, and will step in and knows the right things to say and do to help break the cycle. She is so supportive and amazing. Some parents don't understand and don't try to, leaning on yelling or telling the child to get over it, its all in your head (which it is, but not that way).     I did like the addition of her being a swimmer. It is a place that she is centered and not constantly analyzing. It is something that she loved and hopes to get a scholarship for.      I will also admit that while I love the idea of the Poet's Corner, and the comraderie that they share, and how they welcome Sam in-- I skimmed a lot of the poems and lyrics. It isn't that they are bad or anything, that is just not my thing to read, which is why many of you readers know, that I skip books written in these formats.     The romance in this one was sweet, and I like how she had to first admit to and apologize for some huge mistakes that really hurt someone else. I liked the guy in question, although I do wish that she would have been more upfront to begin with about her illness when it became clear they were heading into the more than friends category.      I love the growth in Sam, and how she starts to stand up for herself more, and make choices because she wants to not because she was afraid of upsetting the balance with her friends or to stay in her spot where she pretends so much, but she thinks she is comfortable. She makes such big steps, but growth, especially when dealing with mental illnesses can always be two steps forward and one back, or maybe even leaps back before more recovery and growth can happen again.      Oh my. I just got to the huge twist, and I totally did not see that coming. Um. Yeah. It just blew my mind, and I wish that I had a blogger reading this on speed dial right now. Because dude. That was intense... Maybe it shocked me so much because I didn't see it coming and I thought that I was informed with the mental health issues, and I should have seen it coming. But I didn't.     I loved the ending, it was so fitting and perfect for the book. What an emotional journey, but loved every second of it. Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy) for free. I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.  Bottom Line: Def one of the top ya contemporaries this year. Fantastic, beauitful and emotional.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
5 Stars! I loved this book! To think that I came very close to making the decision to pass on this book, makes me question myself. This is probably the most well done teen book that I have picked up in a very long time and I read a lot of teen books. I have come to expect so many things when I start a Young Adult novel and this book threw every expectation out the window and broke all the rules. I am pretty sure that is one of the reasons that I loved it - this book is just so different than what I had expected. This book focuses on mental illness and I applaud the author for taking on such a difficult topic. It amazes me that we are still at a point in our society where any kind of illness comes with a taboo but mental illness tends to be one of those things that nobody wants to talk about. But they probably should. If everyone talked about it, they would find out how common it really is. I spent quite a few years working at an organization that provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities. A very large number of the people that we worked with were also diagnosed with some form of mental illness. I can honestly say that I have seen how mental illness can shape someone's life and how devastating the effects can be depending on the situation. I have seen members of my own family deal with these issues. It is tough. It is so important to talk about what is going on and to be completely honest with your doctors so that they can provide the best possible options. This is Sam's story. Sam is a swimmer. She is a member of the Crazy Eights - a group of girl friends that have all been friends since they were little kids. Sam also has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but she is dealing purely with obsessions. She sees a doctor weekly and must take medication to help her sleep in addition to depression and anxiety mediation. She is really quite skilled at hiding everything that she is dealing with from her group of friends but she really wants to find some true friends that she doesn't have to hide from. When Sam meets Caroline, everything clicks into place right away. Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet's Corner where a group of students meet in secret and share their writing. The more time that she spends with the group for the Poet's Corner the more she feels like she belongs and she actually starts to feel "normal". She learns a lot about who she is, who she wants to be, and who she wants to surround herself with in that little room. This book takes a few really big twists and turns. It really made me feel something. Sam isn't the only one going through some pretty tough stuff. The other kids from the Poet's Corner have not had it easy. It was so nice to read a teen book that deal with these real issues. You know, the tough things that aren't very pretty but happen all the time. I thought that this book was beautifully written. I liked that the poems in the story really helped to tell the story. There aren't a lot of poems but enough that the reader can really see with the club is about. The pacing of the story was perfect and I must admit that I found it to be nearly impossible to set this book aside during the second half. The characters came alive on the page and I really felt like I knew Sam and A.J. I would highly recommend this book to others. There are so many things that I think readers will be able to relate to in this story. I definitely plan to read other works by this author in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Disney Book Group / Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
TheDreamCarriers 29 days ago
3.5 stars. Every Last Word lacked a very structured plot. It revolved around Sam getting comfortable with herself in the context of new friends, new love interests, and new experiences. I found myself not connected with the plot and not caring about where it went until a certain event towards the end. Once that event happened, the book upped in readability for me. But overall, the book left me underwhelmed. As for characters, I really loved Sam as a character. I tabbed my book as I read, blue for events I considered character growth, and there was an abundance of blue tabs by the time I closed my book. When we first meet Sam, she is part of a group called the Crazy-Eights, the typical “mean girls” brigade. We get to be inside of Sam’s head and see her mind change from thoughts curated from years of being a Crazy-Eight to thoughts of Sam’s own feelings. We do see some character development from the Crazy-Eights themselves which is quite rewarding but was left quite ambiguous at the end. Each character that was in Poet’s Corner was enjoyable to read and I wish we had spent even more time with them and learned more on each and every member. I wish we had seen more of her sessions with Sue, her therapist. I really enjoyed Sue and thought she was portrayed well. (Beyond telling Sam to cover the odometer with putty … what was that?!) As for the romance, not my thing. I didn’t expect there to be romance in this book so it caught me off guard. The relationship was lackluster, and there was a moment in the later part of the book that I found problematic but was never addressed. That being said, I feel like it portrayed a high school relationship quite accurately. Sam’s OCD. As far as I understand, Purely Obsessional OCD is OCD that manifests without any visible compulsions. Over the course of this story, we see Sam partake in multiple compulsions: scratching her leg 3 times, scratching the back of her neck 3 times, and she has a compulsion where she must park her car when the odometer ends with the number 3. As I do not have OCD myself, I am not sure of the accuracy of the portrayal of OCD. As for Sam’s anxiety, I feel like that was portrayed quite accurately to some of my own experiences. Overall, Every Last Word wasn’t bad but it wasn’t phenomenal. It was just okay. It entertained me for what it was and sometimes, that’s all you can ask from a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this book at first, but it quickly became a page turner. It is relatable to any one with a mental illness because we all struggle with something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. I think that all high schoolers can relate to this
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This book was awesome. I rrad it in one day. Being someone with ocd myself this book sucked me in. Definatley recommend.
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The story was so meaningful. I wish there was a sequel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and I felt a deep connection with it because I struggle with anxiety and depression. Reading it just makes me happy and hopeful for myself.
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. I found this on a mental health YA list and decided to try it because my library had an eBook copy. I have to say I was blown away. Suffering from anxiety myself, I think this is very realistic and shows what it is like to have that. Also, I really enjoyed the sessions with her therapist and how that fit into Sam's healing. I also think it was important to include her mom helping her over the phone when she was having a panic attack: as a person going into the mental health field, it is important to have someone who can help you when you are having an anxiety attack and knows the proper way to handle it. This book was beautiful and I recommend it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful, breathtaking, and sucks you right in.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I love Sam in this book bc I can identify with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever gone to high-school and has suffered from anxiety can easily relate. The characters are fun and interesting while dealing with figuring out who they are suppose to be. A fantastic plot too!
Gabi0220 More than 1 year ago
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone is an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs, following a young girl with a severe mental illness that affects the quality of her everyday life. Samantha McAllister is a junior in high school who suffers from severe OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). She obsesses over thoughts, boys, and even the smallest things like what to wear to school. The only people that know about it are her family and psychiatrist (Shrink Sue). She’s been keeping it a secret from her best friends, the Crazy Eights, for years. The Crazy Eights have known each other for most of their lives. Samantha’s relationship with the eights is complicated, it’s kind of a love/hate relationship. Shrink Sue keeps urging her to find new friends, ones that she can have a healthy relationship with. She explains that she can’t just leave the eights. Even though their relationship can be toxic at times, she doesn’t know who she is outside of the friend group. This all changes when one day she meets a girl named Caroline Madison. She is nothing like her friends her hair is stringy, she wears no makeup, has interesting fashion choice, and leads a completely different lifestyle. She introduces Samantha to a group called Poet’s Corner. This place is located janitor’s closet in the theater. Inside the closet filled with mops, rags, and other cleaning supplies, lies a door. The hinges are covered in paint so the door will go unnoticed. Behind the door lies are room. The walls are painted black and covered in thousands of poems from students over the span of a decade; the room is covered in mismatched furniture, and a stage in the middle of the room. A boy named AJ unlocks the deadbolt door and lets them inside. She instantly recognized him as the boy her and Katlyn used to tease to tease in the fourth grade for having a severe stutter. He has a rude attitude towards her and immediately rejects her. She feels so badly about what she had done. They had harassed him to the point where he had to switch schools. She doesn’t know how to apologize to him so she gets Caroline to help her write a poem to apologize to him. She gives it to him and he lets her into the Poet’s Corner. They meet Mondays and Thursdays during lunch. The eights can’t know about it or else they will kick her out of the group. Her and AJ begin to become more than just friends, and begin to date. The eights also can’t find out about him he’s so different than the clean cut jocks that they date. He’s scruffy and not far away from athletic, but he means so much to her, so she must keep it secret. The eights begin to wonder where she disappears to during lunch and she finally comes clean to them. She tells them that she had been hanging out with him and there all in shock, especially Katlyn. She continues to sing the awful Chia Pet song the used to follow him around and mock him with. She defends him and they all got into a big fight. She decides to leave The Crazy Eights because she realizes they aren’t her true friends, and that the people in Poet’s Corner are. Caroline has been spending a lot of time with Samantha; giving her the respect that her so called friends, from the eights never gave her. They write poetry together in the dim, quit theater. One day she is at her locker and AJ walks up to talk to her. She asks him where Caroline is with a concerned look on her face. He asked her who Caroline was. Taken back she responds, she’s always at Poet’s Corner with us.
Gabi0220 More than 1 year ago
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone is an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs, following a young girl with a severe mental illness that affects the quality of her everyday life. Samantha McAllister is a junior in high school who suffers from severe OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). She obsesses over thoughts, boys, and even the smallest things like what to wear to school. The only people that know about it are her family and psychiatrist (Shrink Sue). She’s been keeping it a secret from her best friends, the Crazy Eights, for years. The Crazy Eights have known each other for most of their lives. Samantha’s relationship with the eights is complicated, it’s kind of a love/hate relationship. Shrink Sue keeps urging her to find new friends, ones that she can have a healthy relationship with. She explains that she can’t just leave the eights. Even though their relationship can be toxic at times, she doesn’t know who she is outside of the friend group. This all changes when one day she meets a girl named Caroline Madison. She is nothing like her friends her hair is stringy, she wears no makeup, has interesting fashion choice, and leads a completely different lifestyle. She introduces Samantha to a group called Poet’s Corner. This place is located janitor’s closet in the theater. Inside the closet filled with mops, rags, and other cleaning supplies, lies a door. The hinges are covered in paint so the door will go unnoticed. Behind the door lies are room. The walls are painted black and covered in thousands of poems from students over the span of a decade; the room is covered in mismatched furniture, and a stage in the middle of the room. A boy named AJ unlocks the deadbolt door and lets them inside. She instantly recognized him as the boy her and Katlyn used to tease to tease in the fourth grade for having a severe stutter. He has a rude attitude towards her and immediately rejects her. She feels so badly about what she had done. They had harassed him to the point where he had to switch schools. She doesn’t know how to apologize to him so she gets Caroline to help her write a poem to apologize to him. She gives it to him and he lets her into the Poet’s Corner. They meet Mondays and Thursdays during lunch. The eights can’t know about it or else they will kick her out of the group. Her and AJ begin to become more than just friends, and begin to date. The eights also can’t find out about him he’s so different than the clean cut jocks that they date. He’s scruffy and not far away from athletic, but he means so much to her, so she must keep it secret. The eights begin to wonder where she disappears to during lunch and she finally comes clean to them. She tells them that she had been hanging out with him and there all in shock, especially Katlyn. She continues to sing the awful Chia Pet song the used to follow him around and mock him with. She defends him and they all got into a big fight. She decides to leave The Crazy Eights because she realizes they aren’t her true friends, and that the people in Poet’s Corner are. Caroline has been spending a lot of time with Samantha; giving her the respect that her so called friends, from the eights never gave her. They write poetry together in the dim, quit theater. One day she is at her locker and AJ walks up to talk to her. She asks him where Caroline is with a concerned look on her face. He asked her who Caroline was. Taken back she responds, she’s always at Poet’s Corner with us.