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A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481455312
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: OC Daniel


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Sep 11, 2018

Daniel is a thirteen-year-old boy constantly plagued by obsessive thoughts. He defines those feelings as “Zaps” which causes him to feel horrible after encountering one of his triggers, which include wrong numbers and the wrong amount of steps taken in between activities. This makes even the simplest things such as going to bed tortuous, and the only way he can escape is through writing. He then encounters Sarah, declared as a mute psycho by the rest of the school. She confronts Daniel one day because of a murder conspiracy and their relationship has progressed ever since. This is an insightful novel that will change the youth’s views on mental illness. It was interesting, engaging and progressive. The characters were likable and I felt sympathy for the two main characters. I believe that it portrays mental illness accurately and realistically, and overall, this was a really good read. Rating:4/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jun 18, 2018

I picked "OCDaniel" up as an Ed-student looking to screen books I thought would be worth-while to collect for a classroom someday. OCD hits home for me and I thought the way it was described in "OCDaniel" was creative and accurate. King does an amazing job describing compusions as "zaps" and the anxiety that comes with being unable to, or messing up one of these compusive behaviors. It's heartbreaking watching a child try to explain their compulsions/anxiety to people that just do not understand. It's heartbreaking when the child affected by OCD doesn't have a clue how to explain so that people understand. "OCDaniel" describes the anxiety that comes with interrupted compulsions/rituals so vividly and in language that a 12-year old could understand and I felt validated while reading it. The crushing anxiety I've experienced when I was unable to do something in sequence and the way some of my loved ones used to get upset if they were unable to wash their hands so many times within an hour--if I had "OCDaniel" as a 12-year-old it would have saved me and my friends a lot of frustration trying to explain or understand each other.

VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 27, 2018

This is an excellent book for children. Not only does it serve as a great introduction to learning about anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it also deals with typical tween stuff like popularity, school relationships and school sports. The characters are believable and engaging. It is an honest and heartfelt look at anxiety, insecurity and stress but told in way that children will be able to relate to. Children who like the book Wonder may also really like this book as well.

Jul 24, 2017

I really like this book, not just because it is interesting and pulls you in, but because it shares such an important message. Personally, I can relate to Daniel because I really love writing, so if you like writing, I would recommend this book to you.

May 28, 2017

Though written for a "youth" audience, I found the characters very realistic and well-developed. Five stars doesn't even seem enough praise for the excellent story-line and depiction of a teenager suffering with OCD. I highly recommend this to all readers who are willing to "walk in another person's shoes" to learn understanding and compassion.

May 21, 2017

As an adult with OCD, I picked up this book with trepidation, but it was amazing. If I had read this as a tween or teen it would have changed my life. If discriptions of actual OCD behaviours trigger you, I'd skip it, but I thought it was amazing.

Aside from being wirtten with love, it's got a great plot, a little mystery, a little scifi, paired with someone trying to be a regular teen. I didn't see the end coming, which is rare for me.

PimaLib_SamR Apr 12, 2017

This children's book is valuable to teens and adults, too. On the outside Daniel’s life seems quite ordinary: he has a best friend, he’s on the football team, he has a crush on a gal. On the inside he’s a mess. With the help of a quiet girl, who has her own troubles, Daniel learns that his problem has a name and that he’s not alone. Within the context of growing up, this story addresses mental illness with humor and tenderness, a little mystery and science fiction.

JCLCourtneyS Feb 23, 2017

King's descriptions of Daniel's OCD symptoms made me feel anxious and boxed-in just reading them, which made me love this book while also being a little grumpy about it. Definitely a great read for those looking for a funny, hopeful window into the life of a kid with OCD.

Library_geek Nov 27, 2016

Standing ovation for author Wesley King!

What an outstanding read, one I highly recommend for tweens, teens and adults alike. This novel takes a very in depth and real look at the effect that OCD has on the mind, the body and the soul. No one can simply comprehend what it is like to live with it unless you go through this controlling mental illness, however King gives a real insight into the world of OCD.

I found Daniel to be quite endearing and at first I though he controlled the OCD so well....but like most mental illness he did well to hide how he was feeling, not just from his parents and friends but from the reader as well. I thought that having a like minded friend in Sara was most important for Daniel because he no longer felt as alone in his illness which in real life happens all too often. I felt at this point Daniel started to grow and not let his OCD Define him, although the struggle was still very real.

Wesley King, thank you for writing this novel, thank you for tackling one of the hard subjects. May many children, teens and adults that are struggling with this very real and controlling illness find comfort and feel less alone from reading this novel.


Nov 19, 2016

Honestly brilliant.

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