The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

eBook - 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.]: PRH Canada Young Readers, 2013.
ISBN: 9780385678353
Characteristics: 256 p.
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Nov 06, 2019

Teresa Toten won the Governor General’s Literary Award for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. She is also the author of the acclaimed Blondes series, as well as Shattered Glass, The Onlyhouse, and, with Eric Walters, The Taming. As far as I know, she has a plethora of achievements to claim the Nobel Prize in Literacy.
The book is just as fascinating as the award that was given to it. The protagonist is a fourteen (almost fifteen) year old kid named Adam Spencer Ross, who has a type of mental illness called "OCD". The main conflict among the whole book is how he struggles through it. At the beginning of the story, A girl named Robyn was introduced to the story with the same identity as Adam - An OCD patient. Although her OCD was cured rather quickly she made a relationship with Adam during the meantime. Therefore, when Robyn fully heals and was about to move away is where the second biggest conflict occurs. In the end, Adam's OCD finally turned better after he broke up with Robyn and stopped his mom from turning more crazy. Although the plots were surprising, such as the section where the author reveals the person who keeps sending the anonymous letters to Adam's mom was herself, I very much disliked how Toten gave Adam's mother a complete change in her personality at the falling actions of the book because it makes me feel desperate; when the person who supposedly should be the one that loves Adam the most suddenly turns crazy and bringing her son into many troubles. The ending seems unfinished to me because of a variety of things: Adam's OCD was not completed cured; the sudden change of Adam's mom's personality; and the loss of interest of his beloved Robyn.
Overall, most of the plots were charming and interesting, however, I often feel that the author was rushing to finish writing this book at the end. Thus I would take two marks off with a rating of 3/5 for the unsatisfactory ending.
@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 26, 2019

I really enjoyed the narrative voice and I loved the characters in this book.

Overall I don't feel qualified to assess the quality of this particular book, though, as it aggravated some of my personal anxieties and was, therefore, very difficult for me to read.

Jun 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! It brought great awareness to a disease that not many people know about. I also loved the third person narrative it worked really well with the story. I would recommend this book for everyone!

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.

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.

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."

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.

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