Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, mental illness, adventure, action, social issues, depression, science fiction
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is commonly misunderstood, and Daniel doesn’t even know he has it. Although Daniel recognizes his strange tendencies—the “Zaps” that force him to repeat actions like tapping and stepping on cracks, the intensive “Routine” every night—he feels powerless to overcome them. Unexpectedly, a fellow student named Sara, with oddities of her own, enlists Daniel’s help to track down her missing father. When they break into a suspect’s home to search for clues, one of Daniel’s Zaps almost gets them caught. But Daniel and Sara persist in their investigation and discover that Sara’s dad had overdosed on medication, and Sara learns that her father battled depression just like she does. Meanwhile, Sara lends Daniel a book about OCD that helps him realize that his issues have a name, and he builds the courage to attend a support group for teenagers dealing with mental illnesses.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39:
5, Article 55.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss5/55