Total Constant Order (Hardcover)
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Fin can't stop counting. She's always heard a voice inside her head, ordering her to listen, but ever since she's moved to the Sunshine State and her parents split up, numbers thump like a metronome, rhythmically keeping things in control. When a new doctor introduces terms such as "clinical depression" and "OCD" and offers a prescription for medication, the chemical effects make Fin feel even more messed up. Until she meets Thayer, a doodling, rule-bending skater who buzzes to his own beat—and who might just understand Fin's hunger to belong, and her struggle for total constant order.
Crissa-Jean Chappell's candid and vividly told debut novel shares the story of a young teen's experience with obsessive compulsive disorder and her remarkable resolve to find her own inner strength.
About the Author
Crissa-Jean Chappell's reviews, short stories, and poems have appeared in many magazines. A professor of creative writing, she lives in Miami, Florida, where she often looks for manatees. This is her first novel.
“Likable characters and an intense pace.”
— School Library Journal
“Plenty of kids, OCD or not, will…find the exploration of disorder and identity thought-provoking.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Readers, especially those stuck with their own annoying rituals, will recognize the anger, the anxiety, and the longing for escape.”
— ALA Booklist
“This must-have story is fresh. Chappell’s first novel is a breakthrough.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)