Devon Brown is a lot neater than most 15-year-old boys. He lines up his sneakers under his bed. He hangs up his shirts by colors and buttons them from top to bottom. Germs bother him so much that he washes his hands dozens of times a day. To ward off bad luck, he does things in fours. Where do his compulsions come from? That's what his parents and shrink would like to know. Some people say he's crazy, but Devon thinks he'd be just fine if everyone just left him alone and stopped trying to fix him. Besides, the last thing in the world he would want to be is normal.
I can so relate to this book, it is about a boy who has an obsessive-compulsive behaviour and how it got him into trouble in school. Devon is a complex kid, at first he doesn’t want to acknowledge the fact that something is very wrong with him. His parents enlisted the services of a psychiatrist to try and see what Devon’s problem really is. I laughed so hard because so many funny things were running on Devon’s mind while visiting his doctor. For example, he doesn’t want to sit on the couch provided by the clinic, he thinks that it’s very inappropriate and dirty to sit on a couch that hundreds or maybe even thousands of nameless individuals who have sat on that very same chair that his doctor is asking him to sit on. He despises that thought and strongly refused to obey the doctor. And that is just one of the many things that he doesn’t want to do. In school, he doesn’t want to eat inside the school cafeteria mainly because he thinks that it is infected with millions of germs, so he eats outside in this pitiful stairs leading to the school grounds, also he is always using the bathroom and constantly washing his hands and because of this, he is late for his first class. Bunch of stuff that may seem peculiar to others but I think it has an advantage sometimes.
I often ask myself if I’m an obsessive-compulsive person. I don’t know, maybe I’m just protective of what I own. Is it a crime to label your stuff? Like, I have a ball pen, and I placed my name on it using a sticker paper. I just want it returned to me in case I lost it or something. My calculator, bag, books, notebooks, pencils and other things I own, all has my name on them. Is that a bad thing? I think not. It’s who I am and as long as I’m not bringing harm to anyone with what I’m doing, it’s all good.
I think this book should be made into a movie. Seriously, I'm calling out to all the directors and producers out there to bring this book to life! It is SPECTACULAR! There were parts in the book that I really love and there were some that I can't stop laughing about. Devon is an amazing kid, so lovable and very real. If you want to know more about this book, I mightily suggest that you grab a copy of it now! You won’t regret it. Trust me on this one.