Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo

Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Pages: 240.
Release Date: April 10, 2012.
Source: Publisher.
Chuck Taylor’s OCD has rendered him a high school outcast. His endless routines and habitual hand washing threaten to scare away both his closest friend and the amazing new girl in town. Sure he happens to share the name of the icon behind the coolest sneakers in the world, but even Chuck knows his bizarre system of wearing different color “Cons” depending on his mood is completely crazy.

In this hilariously candid debut novel from comedian Aaron Karo—who grew up with a few obsessions and compulsions of his own—very bad things are going to happen to Chuck. But maybe that’s a good thing. Because with graduation looming, Chuck finds himself with one last chance to face his inner demons, defend his best friend, and win over the girl of his dreams. No matter what happens, though, he’ll have to get his hands dirty.

FUNNIEST BOOK EVER. Ever. Lexapros and Cons is not for the faint-hearted. It's heavy on the cursing and sexual references/innuendos and it's wildly inappropriate at times. It's like Aaron Karo had absolutely no boundaries when writing this. But all of those things? The language and inappropriateness and lack of boundaries? Those are the things that make this book SO FREAKING GOOD.

Chuck has the most authentic male voice I've ever read. (Which is kind of a relief considering the author IS a male) He's nice and has his sweet moments, but he's also a teenage boy who watches porn and obsesses over girls and plays videogames. He's not your typical ripped, brooding YA stud but I loved him just the same. His crush on Amy is absolutely ADORABLE and I loved how bumbling and stumbling and frustratingly embarrassing he was around her. Add his OCD to that mix and well ... Chuck is a mess. But reading as he figures everything out is part of what makes his story so awesome.

Speaking of the OCD, I thought that was also done really well. Even though this is a very light, humorous book, the author knew when to tone all that down to deal with Chuck's issues. I think most people have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to obsessive compulsive disorder. As someone who has been diagnosed with a form of OCD and also had to take Lexapro (I really was! I promise I'm not just saying that for the sake of reviewing) I know how impacting it can be on your life and Aaron Karo really hit the nail on the head with how Chuckle handled everything.

Overall, I really enjoyed Lexapros and Cons. It's hilariously entertaining while telling a serious story. I loved Chuck. I loved Amy. I LOVED THIS BOOK. And I also I think Lexapos and Cons will educate a lot of people about OCD. While making them laugh hysterically, of course. I definitely recommend!

Other reviews for Lexapros and Cons:
Abby the Librarian.
Frenetic Reader.
Rather Be Reading.


  1. I liked the first half of this book a lot better then the second but I still really enjoyed it!

    1. I can definitely see why you'd say that. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  2. I was definitely thrown when I read the opening sentence of this book but I'm glad I kept reading as I really enjoyed the humor and especially the exploration of Chuck's OCD; I love when serious and light topics can be mingled together.

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