Author: Vanessa Curtis
Published by: Egmont
Publication date: 5th July 2010
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher
I love this cover! I love how you can only see some of the girl (supposedly Zelah) and the way the yellow stands out against the grey makes the cover look quite elegant, whilst still being an enjoyable read.
I was gripped from page one (I actually was, I am NOT exaggerating!), Vanessa Curtis is such a fantastic writer.
This novel is actually very inspiring and it's one of those novels that makes you think. The main character, Zelah, has OCD which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where you want everything neat and tidy and you hate germs and dirt. Everything has to be perfect. It really made me think about how hard it must be, if you have it, and how hard it must be for the people living with you. This novel will make readers more aware of the disorder, which is good.
My favourite character was Zelah (yeah I know, she's the main character, I shouldn't pick her...but she is genuinely my favourite character!) because she seemed really confident and she wasn't annoying; sometimes I felt sorry for her. It was very hard to decide whether my favourite character was Zelah or Fran...Fran (Zelah's ex-best friend) is very funny, but also quite a snob and I didn't really like the way she treated Zelah. She was funny though, so she's my second-favourite character.
Overall I found NO faults with this novel. I recommend this book to readers aged 11+ and I give this a rating of 5/5! I loved it and I'm so glad I got a chance to read this wonderful book.