Review: OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

ocd the dude and meOCD, the Dude, and Me
Author: Lauren Roedy Vaughn
Publisher: Dial Books
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and “unique learning profile,” Danielle Levine doesn’t fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a “social skills” class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle’s resolve to keep everyone at arm’s length starts to crumble.

My Thoughts

I picked this book up for a number of reasons.  First, as a lover of Monk, the world’s best OCD Detective, I was intrigued by a character who was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder.  Second, this book looked kind of funny (which is was, but not as much as I was expecting).  Third, it qualifies for the Debut Author Challenge, and I am so, so, so far behind.  And finally, because it was short (I know, a piss-poor reason to pick up a book, but hey, I like to post three reviews a week!).  But for all these (often silly) reasons, I quite liked OCD, the Dude and Me.

This story is told mainly in the form of Danielle’s writings, whether they be school assignments, emails or letters, or even her personal writings for her me-moir.  Scattered throughout are also emails and letters from family and friends.  I’m not always a fan of stories told this way, because it can often be difficult to really get all the facts when I want them.  But I must say, Vaughn kicks ass at it, and I actually really liked how she told the story.  I was able to really connect and get to know Danielle.

Danielle is really dealing with a lot, and she feels very alone in her school with no true friends.  To top it off she is crushing hard on a popular boy in school.  I found Danielle to be so sweet.  I don’t mean sweet, as little kid cute, but sweet as in I wanted to take her under my wing, and help her anyway I could.

I got upset when kids were jerks to her, and I cheered when she found some great friends.  I just really liked Danielle.  Although this is Danielle’s story, the secondary characters all had their own personalities, and so many of them I fell in love with.  I loved the letters Marv wrote to Danielle (and the letters she wrote back to him), and Danielle’s Forever Aunt Joyce was awesome.  I love all the support Joyce gave to Danielle, and also how she didn’t treat Danielle like a baby.

This isn’t a grab you right away book.  It’s slow, but not in a boring way.  It’s quiet, and all about the people, particularly Danielle.  It wasn’t quite what I expected as I was expecting this to be a little lighter.  That said, I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend you give it a try.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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7 Responses to Review: OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

  1. This one sounds so good! Not something I’d typically pick up, but I’ve been so surprised lately at books that don’t sound like a me book. Will definitely have to give it a try! I’m also a fan of books written in different ways – journals, letters, emails, etc – so this sounds right up my alley!

    • Quinn says:

      I’ve had great luck lately with reading (and loving) books that don’t sound like me books, too! It’s kinda nice. Hope you enjoy this one. It’s a very quick read.

  2. I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds good! I’m behind on the Debut Author Challenge as well so I may pick this one up. Thanks for the great review!

  3. Have you read Lexapros and Cons? It came out last year and I liked it a ton. I’m so curious about this read, and love the cover. I like how it fulfilled all your above needs! There is no shame in wanting to read a short book at all. And as a debut, I’m glad you liked it. That’s important. 🙂

  4. Brittany says:

    OH, I’m so glad you really liked this one!! I almost forgot all about it. I need to go find a copy because it sounds like this would be right up my alley 🙂

  5. I didn’t realize it was in a different format like letters and stuff but that sounds cool. I’ll have to give it a go. Great review!

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