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Kissing Doorknobs Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reissue edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440413141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440413141
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,205,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent, absorbing novel . . . Hesser's deft treatment turns this account into an honest, fresh, and multilayered story to which readers will instantly relate".

-- School Library Journal

The first novel for young adults that addresses Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). With approximately 1.5 million adolescents in the U.S affected, OCD is a pertinent issue to young readers. This story not only explores the confusion and fear experienced by 14-year-old Tara, but the anxiety and agony parents face when a child is suffering from OCD.

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During her preschool years, Tara Sullivan lived in terror that something bad would happen to her mother while they were apart. In grade school, she panicked during the practice fire drills. "Practice for what?, Tara asked. For the upcoming disaster that was bound to happen?
Then, at the age of 11, it happened. Tara heard the phrase that changed her life: "Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Before Tara knew it, she was counting every crack in the sidewalk. Over time, Tara's "quirks" grew and developed: arranging her meals on plates, nonstop prayer rituals, until she developed a new ritual wherin she kissed her fingers and touched doorknobs....

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By A Customer on 7 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. It shows inside the world of a young girl suffering form OCD. You see how she works and what she is feeling inside. It is really gripping!
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By A Customer on 12 April 2005
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This was a nice try in terms of trying to help people understand what a child's experience of OCD is like. I bought it in the hopes that I could recommend it to those children that I work with who have OCD, and their families. Unfortunately, I found the quality of writing so poor that I don't think I would recommend it to anyone. (Why does the main character have to "scream" and "have tears pouring down her cheeks" all - and I mean all - the time?) In addition, the book tries so hard to be a "teen" novel too (first kisses, boyfriends, best mates with anorexia) that it detracts from the point.
Perhaps it is just a bit too American, perhaps I am too old (!) but I thought it was obvious and irritating.
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I think this book is a real eye-opener for parents and other concerned individuals who deal w/a child with OCD. I think it will help others understand the demons that one with OCD experiences and perhaps enlighten those that think that this is just a stage that someone is going through. Physicians and therapists would also benefit greatly from this book and perhaps better understand what OCD is really like. I intend to have all the grandparents, my husband, and anyone else who questions what my son lives with read this book (I may order a copy for each of them!)
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By A Customer on 4 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
Kissing Doorknobs is a great book. It talks about the life of a girl with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It shows what life is like living with OCD and the challenge to over come it.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 115 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 14 July 2014
By Grandma Pat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I didn't really understand OCD, but I thought I did. I found the book to be disturbing and asked my granddaughter how much she identified with the subject of the book. Her answer was 90%!

This book has helped me to understand, to provide support, and to eliminate impatience. I'm extremely glad that she asked me to read this.

This should be mandatory reading for anyone with a friend or relative fighting OCD, which is probably all if us even if we aren't aware of who these individuals might be. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your authorship.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kissing Doorknobs 22 Mar. 2012
By Kissing Books - Published on Amazon.com
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Kissing Doorknobs is an amazing book about a young girl's struggles againsed OCD. Tara Sullivan has been fighting againsed what was then known as 'quirks' since she was a little girl, but they have grown and grown until her family and friends were sick of them and her. They didnt understand that she HAD to do it, and they did everything in their power to stop them, except listen.
Kissing Doorknobs is one to make you cry in sadness, anger and frustration. It is also one to make you laugh and smile in happiness. Read this book, and it will change your perspective of people. Read this book, and you will have gained knowlege that will last a lifetime.
5.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea how much I'd love it 10 July 2013
By Kyla - Published on Amazon.com
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When I started reading this I had no idea I would like it. I hastily read cuz I had to for school but I ended up glued to it and reading it in one evening. Tera starts out going thru hard time with no one understanding not even her parents until she meets someone who is almost cured of the same thing she has then has to help him when his problem comes back. The only thing I don't like was that I wish it could have been longer and continued instead of ending.
4.0 out of 5 stars Kissing Doornobs and My Life 5 Jan. 2014
By Julie anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend this book to anyone with OCD and the family and friends that're affected by
This disorder. I myself suffer from the scrupulostic form of OCD and this book gives an accurate yet entertaining look into the life and struggles of people with OCD. It also provides resources to allow sufferers of this disorder to get help in the back of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 10 Feb. 2013
By Krayon - Published on Amazon.com
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I am 11 years old and had to read a book that included a health issue for class. This was so good. I had to do research after for a book analysis. The information on the internet clearly aligned with what Tara in the book was dealing with. You really care about these characters. Kissing Doorknobs was vivid, heart-breaking, and impowering.
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