This was her last poem
When I heard about Every Last Word, I was looking forward getting the book. It was a real challenge for me searching through all the bookstores and only one major bookstore in Kuala Lumpur will able to order for me. Waited more than a month for it and when I got it, I read it and am glad I had it.
You see, the reason why I have been looking forward to read Every Last Word because its theme is set about on poetry. Enter Samantha McAllister - a young teenage girl stepping up part of a popular group of mean girls, holding their status as the most prettiest of the group in school. But there is a secret that Samantha harbors - she's a purely obsessive OCD on things she has been trying to control and hide among her peers. When she met Caroline, a girl that truly understands her, Caroline guides her to a secret room where a group of people write poems... and where people like them hates Samantha. Drawn immediately towards these misfits, she tries to balance her life between writing poetry and being part of mean girls. What she found through poetry, is her true self that she long to let the world know about.
Every Last Word is quite an emotional read. I wept a little and able to feel what Samantha feels - her love of writing poems and how writing able to cure her OCD problem. Finding love through poetry and how Caroline discover Samantha's inner voice and through with it, a blessing in disguise in a twist! I enjoy mostly are the characters that were introduce slowly, the conflicts involve but there is a slight issue when it comes to writing about 'mean girls' that is hard to dislike. I felt it was pretty tame but through it all, everything is a voice of its own.
There's a feel good feeling reading Every Last Word and its a little gem of its own that I love about it even more since it does centers about poetry. For this, Tamara Ireland Stone has written an enjoyable book that focus on teenagers today finding their real self and through poetry, they express who they really are.