Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Review ~ Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman

I loved every single thing about this book. It takes dysfunctional to a whole new level. There are dysfunctional individuals, dysfunctional relationships, dysfunctional families. The two main characters are Gloria, a Rhodes scholar who has come to Oxford to study women's poetry and Henry, a music loving son of one of the Oxford dons.

The two are thrown together when their flat at Oxford shares a bathroom. This would not be such a bad thing, except that Gloria has an obsessive/compulsive disorder. She can not abide by germs. Her hatred of germs is fueled by "Oliver" a voice in her head. And Oliver has a lot to say about Henry and his slovenly ways. Gloria combats this by cleaning the bathroom every morning for hours and applying copious amounts of hand sanitizer. Henry realizes that Gloria is probably actually more messed up than he is, and after finding that he has feelings for her, sets about to help make her better.

What they do have in common is Van Morrision. His words and wisdom are so interwoven through this story, that I had to stop in the middle and purchase and download his greatest hits album.

This is a love story. It is a story of rising above our own personal demons. It is a fascinating look at OCD. It would make a wonderful movie.

6 comments:

Joanne said...

I want this for sure. I love reading about dysfunction!

Bridget said...

This sounds like a really good one, I'm gonna look for it! Thanks for the review.

shabby girl said...

You haven't steered me wrong yet. This may be my next book.

Ellen B Cookery said...

Oh my, one more book I must read!

Marjie said...

It sounds like a good book. And who doesn't have some disfunction or other anyway? We can all relate!

Andrea Kayne Kaufman said...

Thanks so much for reviewing Oxford Messed Up. I'm happy you enjoyed it! I hope you'll check out my Communities online and join in the conversations. http://bit.ly/MjQC5i