The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Hey everyone, back again this week, and I was lucky enough to get my hand on this book from a close friend at the library. It is not normally the type of book I would read, but it is still a teen book, so I thought I would give it a go.

Meet Batman, no not the real Batman, but a boy who suffers from OCD. He is only 14 years old, and will soon be turning 15, and he is madly in love with a girl from his support group. Her name is Robyn, but her superhero name is Robin, so that she matches with him. She is older than him by about 2 years, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
Along with the other 'hero's' from his support group he is trying to get better little by little. Having Robin around makes him feel better, as does the support from his younger brother. Even his divorced parents aren't getting in his way.
But his mother has problems of her own, and they are slowly starting to affect Batman. First, she is a hoarder, and she doesn't want anyone outside of the family to know, because she is afraid they will take him away from her. And second, she has been receiving threatening letters telling her that she would be better off dead.
Normally, she would have gone to the police, but with her trying to keep her problem a secret, no one is allowed to know about what happens inside her house. Batman is the only one to know about the letters, even though his mom tries so hard to keep it from him.
Will Batman and Robin be able to get together and have a happy life? Or will Batman's mom's problems leak into his recovery, and force him to act on his own?

All in all it was a pretty good book. It is from Batman's point of view, and you can certainly see that he is suffering from the OCD, and is trying to keep it under control. I think the author did a good job in portraying the characters, and keeping their personalities together. But I didn't like how long it took the problem to surface.
Batman worries about his mom for a bit, but most of the story is just him and Robin getting to know each other, and him making friends with the kids in his group. The problem doesn't really surface until the end of the book.
Still a good read, and certainly worth a go. I rated it 3 out of 5 stars.
See you all next week! Keep reading!
- K


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