Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo (5 stars)

Lexapros and Cons

By: Aaron Karo

5 Stars (more if I had any)

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374343965
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 177,288
  • Age range: 14 – 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL620L

Summary: Chuck Taylor is in his final year of high school, and he has finally come to the conclusion that he has OCD (thank you internet). It’s not the “I have a little OCD too” OCD, it’s the check the stove to make sure it is off multiple times even though no one has used it, wash your hands even if they aren’t dirty, turn your locker lock fourteen times until it feels right, pee and pee again before bed, and he keeps a tally record of how often he masturbates OCD. Yes, he literally keeps a tally mark of each time he masturbates! Chuck knows that these things are ridiculous, but if he does not follow through with each compulsion he can’t go on with his day. From this revelation, several things happen:
1. His mom sends him to a shrink. The shrink prescribes Lexapro and CBT. At first Chuck is hesitant, but the new girl in school provides some motivation.
2. The new girl in school, Amy, is amazing! She’s hot, smart, and so cool. She also asks Chuck to tutor her in Calculus so that she can pass the AP exam. A friendship ensues, but he can’t possibly let her know how crazy he is.
Chuck, who obsessively wears Cons in colors that match his mood, travels through the last part of his senior year with the ups and downs in having a crush on a girl and trying to make her his girlfriend, trying to get over his compulsions, fights with a best friend, and generally dealing with teenage issues and life, in this hilariously written novel by Karo.
My thoughts: This was one of my favorite books of the year. I’m not sure why, but lately I have enjoyed male protagonists much better than females. This may just be a stage I’m going through. Chuck literally made me laugh out loud, usually while in a quiet high school classroom. The very second I closed the book when I was done; it was immediately snatched up by one of my high school students because I was laughing so hard reading it. There were so many times where Chuck is trying to be so cool and something happens that just overwhelms him. He’s stubborn and tries so hard to control himself that the tension in the story builds usually resulting in an absurd expulsion that Chuck has to work himself out of. I can’t recommend this book enough. I definitely want more! Could there possibly be a Chuck goes to college version? Pretty, pretty please!


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