Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Total Constant Order: Crissa-Jean Chappell
I just finished Total Constant Order by Crissa-Jean Chappell. What a strong book she has contributed to YA literature. Pick up this work and enter the mind of Fin who is experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD.
Following the divorce of her parents, Fin's mind twirls in the world of numbers as she reaches for control. From visiting a counselor, to dealing with Paxil and the side effects, Fin negotiates her situation. Thayer, working through his own ADD and drug habit, comes carefully and patiently alongside Fin. The two help each other find their own answers to functioning in a world that can't be controlled.
I was completely absorbed by Fin's thought process. I found the novel's pacing almost reflected the staccato beat of OCD. Set in my own stomping ground of Miami, Florida, the setting becomes a major character reflecting Fin's growth. From bufo frogs to manitees, it felt like hot, humid home to me.
I'm so pleased this literary work has brought to light the experience of someone living with OCD. It has given me an understanding and compassion. Thank you, Crissa!