Synopsis: With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and “unique learning profile,” Danielle Levine doesn’t fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a “social skills” class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle’s resolve to keep everyone at arm’s length starts to crumble.
200words (or less) review: The best books are always the ones with characters you love. When you want to be their friend and hold their hand on whatever journey they have to take. Danielle Levine was one of those characters for me.
OCD, The Dude, and Me is a story told my Danielle with a “me-moir” binder. Each year she collects everything; school essays, emails, personal diary entries, etc into these binders. For the reader this collection provides an in-depth insight into how Danielle’s world works.
I thought this style of narration worked really well. One of my favourite things was the little comments Danielle would add to the essays set by her English teacher.
Despite OCD, The Dude, and Me being almost entirely from Danielle’s perspective (there are a few emails included from Daniel, her aunt & feedback from the English teacher) you get a really good impression of Danielle’s family and the budding friendship with Daniel.
Lauren Roedy Vaughn debut is impressive, I can only recommend it. Danielle is a wonderful character to read about and I hope you enjoy this book as much as me.