OCD, The Dude and Me


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and “unique learning profile,” Danielle Levine doesn’t fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a “social skills” class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle’s resolve to keep everyone at arm’s length starts to crumble.


I had heard about this book when it first came out, it was something that I really wanted to read. I’m glad I finally got to read it, because it’s a really impressive debut novel. I shall certainly be looking out for Lauren Roedy Vaughn’s writing in the future.

I think the reason why I connected with it so much was because I really like the main character Danielle Levine. She was utterly loveable and I just wanted to look after her.

Danielle tells her story through her ‘me-moir” binder. She collects everything; school essays, emails and diary entries. I loved reading these snippets of Danielle’s life. I thought it was a really effective way of providing an in-depth insight into Danielle’s life. It also made the book incredibly easy to read. I don’t know how many times I told myself ‘Just one more letter, then I’ll put it down for a bit..’.

Although the story is mainly told through Danielle’s perspective, some emails are included from Daniel, her Aunt and feedback from her English teacher. These are also incredibly effective as the reader gets to see the friendship with Daniel develop and Danielle’s lovely relationship with her Aunt.

I was really impressed with this book. It was a pleasure to read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!


12 thoughts on “OCD, The Dude and Me

  1. I didn’t *love* this one, but like you I was really impressed with the writing and the way the author told the story. She’s definitely someone I want to read more from.

  2. Wasn’t this one good? I LOVED it; I was really surprised at how emotional Danielle’s me-moir entries made me. She was so realistically written, which is a really hard thing for an author to do. I just wanted to take her and hug her, particularly when she’d be so hard on herself!

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