I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how funny and real the voice of the main character was. Chuck is isolated by his undiagnosed OCD and between run-ins with bullies and his crush on the new girl he finally has to admit that his habits and compulsions are taking over. His realizations and struggles all felt very realistic and it wasn’t long until I was pulled into the story.
Lexapros and Cons takes a serious subject and confronts it with respect and a large dose of humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times at Chuck’s self-deprecating humor and quick wit. His inner dialogue gives you a lot of insight into his thought process as he wishes he could fix himself even though he finds comfort in his obsessive routines. It is rare that a book can be so funny while making you think a little differently about a subject that is the butt of many jokes. I know I refer to many of my “OCD tendencies”, but, as Chuck points out, saying you have a “little OCD” and actually having it are two very different things. I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious and touching with a main character that will make you laugh and maybe even think a little.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.