J.J. Keeler never thought she'd ever be someone with a mental disorder. However, for most of her life she struggled with an overactive imagination and obsessive thoughts. Even as a young child things her parents said got in her head and made her scared. Like for instance her parents mentioned that she had a blood transfusion and talked about AIDS. Then for most of her life she believed she had AIDS even after she was tested. Her mind just couldn't let the issue go.
While most of us occasionally recheck the oven to make sure it is off, J.J. Keeler checked and checked again. She also became consumed with fears of her house burning down, especially when other members of the family would leave the stove top on. So some of her fears were valid, others were just a results of her OCD.
This book is not scary as I expected it to be. In fact J.J. Keeler has not lost her sense of humor. I suppose the only frightening part of the book might be the section on harming obsessions. No one was ever harmed but imagine your brain turning against you. This made J.J. Keeler understand why some people want to kill themselves. She thought that if she died at least no one would be harmed.
So if you are looking for a book that describes typical OCD, the kind we always hear about, you may be in for a surprise. This book details obsessions but does not deal with people who are especially neat or must clean obsessively. In fact J.J. Keeler admits to being a bit messy and disorganized.
I enjoyed reading this book since it was so well written. The author also holds nothing back and tells you her real thoughts and obsessions. J.J. Keeler remembers so many details of her life that reading this book is just fascinating.
~The Rebecca Review