Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Callie spends countless hours staring at appliances to make sure they are really unplugged. She wastes obscene amounts of time checking for murderers in various corners of her house and entire sleepless nights performing pointless checking rituals. Then every spare minute is filled with inspecting doorknobs, chairs, floors, etc. for minuscule traces of germs. Oh, and she does all of this as she counts to three over and over again in her head. She does this every day. Without fail. Dr. Blake just doesn't fit into her schedule. Until he does. Until Callie begins to trust him. Until she starts to need him. And want him. And . . .

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I was given an ARC in exchanged for an honest review.
From the beginning of 'Checked' I loved that the topic of OCD was so different from what I have been reading. I haven't read a book that tackled this topic and Jennifer did a great job with describing Callie's struggles, her strength to get better and the love that she had for the things and people she loved.
This story took me back to a time when I had a friend with OCD. Reading this book made me understand a little why she did the things she did.
I think the characters were all well-developed and for Jennifer's debut novel this was a great start.
This is where I was struggling  with either rating the book a 3.5 or 4 stars.
Even though I felt that the way the Author wrote the book was great, I also felt a lack of connection, empathy, basically any emotions towards both Dr. Blake and Callie. The story didn't engage me as I would liked it too in the first half of the book. It took me longer to read the book because I got a little bored .
I was glad that I stuck with the story though because it started to get really good about 60%.  And what an ending, my gosh. I am looking forward to reading the second book to find out where  the story will take me.
I will definitely recommend that you try this book out if you are looking to take an adventure on a topic that is rarely mentioned. I decided the give the Author a 4 star.

Jennifer Jamelli has spent most of her life reading and writing; she holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English, and she is an 8th grade English teacher. 

She also directs a musical production each school year. Her most recent show was Beauty and the Beast.
Jennifer lives with her husband and her four-year-old son.

She, like the main character in her debut novel, has a rather hopeless case of OCD.



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