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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Teresa Toten Narrator: Johnathan McClain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780553556339
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Adam’s Goals:
Grow immediately
Find courage
Keep courage
Get normal
Marry Robyn Plummer

The instant Adam Spencer Ross meets Robyn Plummer in his young adult OCD support group, he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. Robyn has an hypnotic voice, blue eyes the shade of an angry sky, and ravishing beauty that makes Adam’s insides ache. She has also just been released from a residential psychiatric program—the kind for the worst, most difficult-to-cure cases, the kind that Adam and his fellow support group members will do anything to avoid joining.

Adam immediately knows that he has to save Robyn, must save Robyn, or die trying. But is it really Robyn who needs rescuing? And is it possible to have a normal relationship when your life is anything but normal?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book made me laugh, cry, think, and kept me coming back for more.”

    Guardian (London)

  • Hazel and Augustus need to move over because Batman and Robyn are about to take their place in the annals of YA literary romantic couples. A definite next read for teens who loved John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will. School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
  • "Toten never plays coy with [Adam's] and others' illness, but she also shows Adam as someone straining toward normal and sometimes achieveing it. His plight is sure to inspire compassion in readers. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • “Adam’s first-person account…is achingly authentic…Toten does a masterful job of bringing Adam to life. ..Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measures.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Johnathan McClain masterfully gets inside the head of fourteen-year-old Adam…McClain uses his voice well, especially as the anxiety-ridden stepbrother, Sweetie; the compassionate group leader, Chuck; and Adam himself, who will inspire listeners with his grit. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “While the book offers an unflinching look at mental illness, Toten’s characters are also able to see humor in their darkest moments. Adam’s path to accepting ownership over his health is filled with pain and false starts that are highly personal; as a result, Adam is a fresh and complex character, and far more than the sum of his symptoms.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Honest, fresh, and funny…Toten employs information about OCD like grace notes in this deft and compelling narrative.”


  • “Toten’s novel deals with a subject that is often overlooked in young adult literature, and the fact that her young protagonist deals with OCD in his daily life is handled honestly. The book does not promise a miracle cure but rather remains focused on how to cope with OCD. Adam is a protagonist that readers will root for and can identify with as they read.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children's Text
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