- 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)
Kissing Doorknobs Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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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.
From the Inside Flap
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....
Top Customer Reviews
Perhaps it is just a bit too American, perhaps I am too old (!) but I thought it was obvious and irritating.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.