Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo

69%

16 Critic Reviews

While his instincts and reactions to triggers seem authentic, at times the descriptions of his illness feel like they’re coming more from a textbook than a teenage boy.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About Aaron Karo

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In 1997 Aaron Karo wrote a funny email from his freshman dorm room that eventually spawned his celebrated column Ruminations, the humor website Ruminations.com, and three books: Ruminations on College Life, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, and I’m Having More Fun Than You. Also a nationally headlining comedian, Karo has performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and his one-hour special Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History premiered on Comedy Central in 2010. Lexapros and Cons is his first novel.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 241 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance. Fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 01 2012

While his instincts and reactions to triggers seem authentic, at times the descriptions of his illness feel like they’re coming more from a textbook than a teenage boy.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Readers may find the book ends too neatly, but Chuck is a funny, honest narrator … Readers will be impressed with Chuck’s bravery in working to solve his problems.

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RT Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Raven Haller on Apr 01 2012

Sadly, while the portrayal of Chuck is poignant, the supporting characters in the novel are underdeveloped.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Apr 27 2012

Chuck's first-person narration, not to mention his banter with best friend Steve, is hilariously raunchy, and the situations in which he finds himself are sometimes outright absurd.

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Seventeen

Excellent
Reviewed by Courtney Kenefick on Apr 06 2012

Chuck's one-liners and odd behaviors will make you completely appreciate Aaron Karo's ability to shed a humorous light on a serious issue.

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Good Books and Good Wine

Good
Reviewed by April on Mar 08 2012

Lexapros And Cons by Aaron Karo is a funny debut AND a candid look at OCD.

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YA Librarian Tales

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Mar 05 2012

This book shines because the voice is fresh and authentic.

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Frenetic Reader

Good
Reviewed by Khy on Apr 12 2012

Lexapros and Cons features a wonderfully hilarious lead but also manages to be sweet in its love story and smart in its handling of Chuck's OCD.

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Novel Novice

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Apr 03 2012

A coming of age story in the most purest and hilarious forms, Lexapros & Cons is a witty book with a fresh, hilarious, and no-holds-barred new voice in YA fiction.

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Jen Petro-Roy on Apr 13 2012

Lexapros and Cons is the debut YA novel from comedian Aaron Karo, and it is truly a hilarious read, despite its serious subject of mental illness.

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Bibliosaurustext

Below average
Reviewed by Audrey on May 05 2012

Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for some, the ending of the book seemed to wrap up too easily, and with too much “and the all lived happily ever after.”

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Sophistikatied Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Apr 18 2012

Lexapros and Cons… [is] hilariously entertaining while telling a serious story.

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Ex Libris

Good
Reviewed by Kate on Apr 12 2012

It was hilarious and touching with a main character that will make you laugh and maybe even think a little.

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I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read

Good
Reviewed by Kate on Apr 15 2012

It was hysterical but at the same time heart-warming.

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Abby the Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Abby on Apr 09 2012

Comedian Aaron Karo brings us a fresh, funny male protagonist in a story with as much heart as humor.

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The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Below average
Apr 21 2012

On the one hand I thought that it was an interesting story; while on the other the language and some of the content in it very nearly made me just stop reading.

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Lectus cn 8 Aug 2013

I think this is the first time that I read a book that I have no idea what is about. I picked because I heard it was funny and I was in that mood. That said, I very much liked the story of Chuck de...

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