The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

By Teresa Toten

Delacorte Press, Hardcover, 9780553507867, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 10, 2015


Filled with moments of deep emotion and unexpected humor, this understated and wise novel explores the complexities of living with OCD and offers the prospect of hope, happiness and healing. Perfect for readers who love "Eleanor & Park" and "All the Bright Places."
"Grow immediately."
"Find courage."
"Keep courage."
"Get normal."
"Marry Robyn Plummer."
The instant Adam Spencer Ross meets Robyn Plummer in his Young Adult OCD Support Group, he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. Robyn has an hypnotic voice, blue eyes the shade of an angry sky, and ravishing beauty that makes Adam's insides ache. She's also just been released from a residential psychiatric program the kind for the worst, most difficult-to-cure cases; the kind that Adam and his fellow support group members will do anything to avoid joining.
Adam immediately knows that he has to save Robyn, "must" save Robyn, or die trying. But is it really Robyn who needs rescuing? And is it possible to have a normal relationship when your life is anything but?
Select praise for "The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B"
. . . achingly authentic. Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measures. "Kirkus Reviews, " Starred
This book made me laugh, cry, think, and kept me coming back for more. "The Guardian
" Adam is a protagonist that readers will root for. "VOYA
Honest, fresh, and funny . . . Toten employs information about OCD like grace notes in this deft and compelling narrative. "Booklist
Adam is a fresh and complex character, and far more than the sum of his symptoms. "Publishers Weekly.

About the Author
Teresa Toten is the author of the acclaimed Blondes series, as well as "The Game", "The Onlyhouse" and "The Taming" (with Eric Walters). Teresa won the Governor General's Literary Award for "The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b", which also won the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, the CBC Bookie Award, was the CLA Honour Book for 2013 and was nominated for the 2014 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. For more information, visit