“Compulsion is a starkly honest, compelling read. It will grab you and plunge you into the unusual, yet strangely familiar mind of Jake Martin and you will come out different.” (Award-winning author Francisco X Stork of Marcelo in the Real World).
“Compulsion is one of those books that immediate grab the reader by the heart and won’t let go, even after the final page is turned. Compelling and real, Jake’s story of grappling with devastating and frightening OCD is a must-read for anyone who ever thought they ‘knew’ what ‘normal’ looked like.” (Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List).
“A gripping, claustrophobic read.” (Booklist Starred Review)
Tayshas List 2012
Today has to be perfect.
I look at the clock.
Ten fourteen. One plus one is two plus four is six plus ten is sixteen minus one is fifteen minus two is thirteen. OK.
I turn from the clock and walk into the hallway. “Ready.”
Saturday will be the third state soccer championship in a row for Jake Martin. Three. A good number. Prime. With Jake on the field, Carson City High can’t lose because Jake has the magic: a self-created protection generated by his obsession with prime numbers. It’s the magic that has every top soccer university recruiting Jake, the magic that keeps his family safe, and the magic that suppresses his anxiety attacks. But the magic is Jake’s prison, because sustaining it means his compulsions take over nearly every aspect of his life.
Jake’s convinced the magic will be permanent after Saturday, the perfect day, when every prime has converged. Once the game is over, he won’t have to rely on his sister to concoct excuses for his odd rituals. His dad will stop treating him like he is some freak. Maybe he’ll even make a friend other than Luc.
But what if the magic doesn’t stay?
What if the numbers never leave?
(Jacket art by the extraordinary talent Jenny Rozbruch at HarperCollins. Thank you!)