I loved the epistolary format with Danielle’s essays, journals, etc. There were many great characters like her aunt who was always ready with words of wisdom, her friend Daniel who introduced her to The Dude, and her pen pal Justine. What really made the book was Danielle's frank and often humorous descriptions of her life, her dreams, and her worries. I'd give this to teens looking for a high school misfit story.
OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
7th & 8th grade
Tags: Character Driven, Contemporary Fiction, Diaries, Friendship, Humor, Issues Fiction, School Stories