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 . . .
Author: Jennifer Jamelli
Rating: 5 Groupie Stars
Checked is the first book in a new trilogy. In Checked, you meet Callie. Callie suffers from a severe case of OCD. She wastes an obscene amount of time performing checking rituals. She does everything in sets of three counts. She also has an internal soundtrack for her life; she hears music to go along with what is happening. Callie has a routine for everything from getting ready, leaving the house, and going to bed. She sleeps with the TV on the cooking channel.
I LOVED this book!! I could relate to Callie, I show some OCD behaviors nothing to the extent of Callie but I could still relate to what she was going through and how her OCD is controlling her life. The story starts off with Callie going to see Dr Spencer to get put on medicine to help fix her but Dr Spencer is called away with an emergency so she is seen for the initial consultation by Dr Aiden Blake. In the beginning I didn’t care for Dr Blake, he couldn’t look at her when he talked to her and that made me wonder if he was judging her because of her disorder. Then you learn that he lost his mother because of her battle with the disorder.
Everyone seems to be looking for the easy fix for Callie but when Dr Blake tries alternative forms of therapy with her and you feel her struggle through them. Some of them seemed to be helping her while others left me feeling despair for her. Finally Callie lets Aiden in as one of her safe people. These are people that she has bonded with and feels comfortable with, people who can touch her and she can be around.
Therapy leads to Aiden and Callie getting very friendly, which is not very professional of Dr Blake but I can see why he is so drawn to Callie. Aiden goes to Callie’s family dinner for her mom’s birthday and then leaves her with the question’s (that’s all I’ll say about that, don’t want to give too much away).
Then the ending comes and I REALLY can’t say much other than OMG the ending and WHEN is the second book releasing? I really need to read that second book NOW!
I highly recommend this book! It is very well written and is a breath of fresh air type of book that everyone will enjoy.
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, like the main character in her debut novel, has a rather hopeless case of OCD.
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