Additional: Love the name.
Synopsis: My Name is Zelah Green and I’m a cleanaholic.
I spend most of my life running away from germs. And dirt. And people. And I’m just about doing OK and then my stepmother packs me off to some kind of hospital to live with a load of strangers. It’s stuck in the middle of nowhere. Great. There’s Alice who’s anorexic. Caro who cuts herself. Silent Sol who has the cutest smile. And then there’s me.
200words (or less) review: Zelah Green has been sitting on my shelf for the better part of a year and I can’t believe it took me so long to read, for the most part because it’s such a good book but also because it’s quite short.
Zelah Green is a fourteen year old girl with OCD. I could say suffering with but honestly while she considers it an inconvenience at times, Zelah seems to think she’s functioning quite well. One day she comes home from school and finds her stepmother has packed her bags and is sending her to hospital for treatment.
There are a few instances in the story that I thought seemed glossed over. The disappearance of Zelah’s father for one thing (which is resolved to some extent), as well as the ending which tied up very quickly and easily. That said, I thought Zelah’s voice is strong and believable.
Despite the seriousness of the subject the book is humorous and all of the characters at Forest Hill House are likeable. I know there is a sequel and I shall hopefully manage to read it soon.