Kissing Doorknobs

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Delacorte Press, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 149 pages
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In her first novel, "Kissing Doorknobs, Terry Spencer Hesser has written an inspiring, often humorous novel about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a topic that merits discussion and compassion.
Fourteen-year-old Tara Sullivan has always been a worrier. On the surface, she has been able to behave like a normal girl. But when she is 11 years old, she hears a phrase that changes her life: "Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Now, everywhere she goes, Tara must count every crack in the sidewalk. If she gets interrupted or loses her place, she has to go home and start all over again. As she gets older, her "habits" don't get better--they change and increase. She has to arrange her meals, recite prayers, and chat with her dolls, over and over again.
Tara does not know why she has these habits, she just knows that she has no choice: she has to complete the rituals. Then one day, before leaving the house, she finds herself kissing her fingertips and touching the doorknob . . . .

Terry Spencer Hesser is a screenwriter and a documentary filmmaker. "Kissing Doorknobs is based on her personal experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Very inspirational

User Review  - fashionfun1 - Overstock.com

I really enjoyed this book! I had to read it for one of my college classes but I loved it! It is a very inspirational book. I am a soon to be teacher and it gave me a new light on some things! Read full review

KISSING DOORKNOBS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With a trenchant portrait of Tara Sullivan from ages 11—14, Hesser's first novel puts obsessive-compulsive disorder under the microscope. Troubled Tara is preoccupied with orderliness and impending ... Read full review

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Terry Spencer Hesser is a screenwriter and a documentary filmmaker. Kissing Doorknobs is based on her personal experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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