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OCD meets chick lit in this quirky, quick little read
on 6 March 2009
A nice quick little 'chick lit' read. This one sets itself apart with its unusual leading lady - an obsessive compulsive 30-something 'counter' called Grace. The gentle romance blossoming in the background takes second place to the turbulent inner workings of Grace's mind as she obsessively counts and measures out every aspect of her day to day life, from visiting the local cafe at exactly the same time each day, to making sure she knows the exact number of cotton wool balls in her bathroom. When she meets Seamus she realises she is sick of being held prisoner by her routines and starts therapy for her complex issues.
This book is definitely more of a commentary on mental health than it is a romance. Much of Grace's day to day life is filtered through her OCD and her quirky take on the world around her. The life of the Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla is quite extensively explored - as a famous inventor and fellow 'counter', he is Grace's hero and one of her little obsessions. When Grace's treatment begins the bizarre world of her group sessions becomes a key focus of the book, and it is tangible the way the drug treatment change her body and mind into a shadow of who she was.
It is an absorbing book, pulling the reader into the mind of an obsessive compulsive - Jordan has obviously done her research on OCD, and the statistics and random information swirling in Grace's thoughts are quite fascinating too. The impact of her problems on her family and close relationships is also well explored. The end of the book is a bit haphazard and rather unsatisfying, but nevertheless I would recommend this purely on the strength of its unique take on an often cliched genre.