What If?

What If?

Josh Baker isn?t sure why his brain tells him to do things that other people don?t need to do: checking his locker again and again, counting cracks in ceilings, and always needing to finish a song, for starters. He is a talented drummer, a math genius, and he knows everything about rock and roll. Yet, he knows his problems have the power to hurt his family and make him fai Josh Baker isn?t sure why his brain tells him to do things that other people don?t need to do: checking his locke...

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Title:What If?
Author:Anna Russell
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:What If
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:200 pages pages

What If? Reviews

  • Tracey
    Jan 05, 2019
    teen fiction (OCD, novel in verse) I don't usually like novels in verse unless they are done really well (it helps if you are ...
  • Damien
    Jan 05, 2019
    I found this novel to be fascinating. I thought it was well-written in verse. I found this format to be in tune with what Josh was going through. He has OCD and anxiety. The challenges he faces with this disability are profound. He was able to make a friend in the novel that helped him...
  • Hayley
    Sep 10, 2018
    This was a quick read book but it had a very interesting story line. This book is written in verse all about our main character Josh who suffers from OCD dealing with a new school and ultimately finding friends and his family's acceptance. I enjoyed this book because the little verses ...
  • Zach
    Sep 24, 2018
    Thank you to NeGalley for sending me this book for an honest review. I was sent this book to review and I read in one sitting. The book is told in verse and I absolutely loved the story about a young boy coming to terms and identifying with OCD and it?s behaviors. The way it was ...
  • Carol
    Nov 21, 2018
    I rate this 5??????s I won this arc (advanced reader copy) from west 44 books through a giveaway on Instagram. I want to say thank you to the publisher I thoroughly enjoyed this book it is the first book I've read that is written in verse. I can't wait to read more from thi...
  • Ruthsic
    Oct 30, 2018
    A beautifully written poetry book, What If? is about a boy who is diagnosed with OCD and starting to find a method that makes it manageable. First, while I am generally not a fan of verse (I keep saying this, don't I, but I genuinely didn't know this was verse when I requested it) but ...
  • Cait S
    Mar 19, 2019
    Because of how short the book is while also being written in verse I never connected to any of it or the characters enough to care. So it was fine but completely forgettable. Next week I won't remember any of it. ...
  • Steff Pasciuti
    Nov 02, 2018
    What If  by Anna Russell is the second bit of poetry fiction that I've read so far this week and I'm finding that I really enjoy this type of storytelling. Poetry collections are nice and all, but they are infinitely more appealing when they follow an actual story and plot. Young Josh...
  • Joanna Goodrich
    Nov 09, 2018
    Beautiful book written in prose about a boy struggling with OCD. He starts off not knowing that he has OCD...he goes through the motions until he gets reprimanded by the school for running out in the middle of the day. I really appreciated how the author explains through the therap...
  • Manon the Malicious
    Nov 25, 2018
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Josh Baker has OCD, but he doesn't know that. All he knows is when he gets stressed, he starts counting things. And since he just moved because of his school results, and the pressure his dad puts on him, he is ve...
  • Giuls
    Oct 21, 2018
    BOOK REVIEW- WHAT IF THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME BY EDELWEISS+ IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Josh Baker isn?t sure why his brain tells him to do things that other people don?t need to do: checking his locker again and again, counting cracks in ceilings, and...
  • Tahlia
    Dec 18, 2018
    Blog Post: https://museofnyxmares.wordpress.com/... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/museofnyxma... *I was provided with an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. All quotes used may be subject to change upon publication. This is my second Y...
  • Reading Bifrost
    Dec 30, 2018
    ?I think she wants all the pieces of us- who we used to be.? I looked out the car window, saw Mom walking toward us, sunshine grin lighting up her face. ?Julia?? I asked. ?Do you think that means she?s afraid of who we?re going to become?? It?s always hard to r...
  • Dorie
    Oct 02, 2018
    What if? By Anna Russell Due January 2019 West 44 Books Short but important and impactful YA book about a young boy, Josh Baker, who has always been obsessed with counting things-over and over. He is intelligent, a math-wiz and a talented drummer, but his low grades constantly d...
  • Maddie
    Nov 01, 2018
    This was a stupidly quick read. But I thought the way OCD is presented was super unique and I loved the imagery of the rhythm to represent the never-ending flow of thoughts in our main character's brain. It just ended so quickly! I wish it had lingered on more plot lines rather than ru...
  • Savannah
    Dec 24, 2018
    Thank you to Netgalley and West 44 Books for the eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because I really enjoy reading books about mental illness and I also like books written in verse. This book, although good, seemed too short. It seemed a littl...
  • Emily
    Nov 10, 2018
    *I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I had a lot of hope for this book but sadly it didn't really do anything for me. There was so much potential in the story. There could have been so much more included in the narrative and I was a bit dis...
  • Alyssa
    Mar 01, 2019
    WHAT IF? is about a boy named Josh struggling with an OCD diagnosis, a new school, a new best friend, and a family trying to understand his disorder. The book has a clear, yet expected, emotional arc, and while I think teens will respond to the verse, I don't know if the verse was esse...
  • Kimberly (kimberly_reads)
    Sep 20, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and West 44 Books for allowing me to read What If? in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 stars A full review for What If? can be found on my blog here: https://kimberlyreads97.wordpress.com... I really enjoyed the format this book was in (being in ver...
  • Schizanthus
    Sep 06, 2018
    Josh is a drummer, is good at maths and loves The Beatles. He also needs to count the cracks in the ceiling and perform specific rituals exactly the right way or something really bad will happen. Josh has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and that is why I needed to read this book. I ha...
  • Staci Campbell
    Dec 10, 2018
    Given to me on behalf of Netgalley, through the publisher in return for my honest opinion. Josh Baker has thoughts, lots of What If? thoughts. It isn't until he sees a Dr. He finds out these thoughts and the rituals that come with them are effects of OCD - mental illness that often ...
  • Amanda Sanders
    Jan 05, 2019
    This is the story of an OCD teen. The book is written in verse. It's a great subject and fairly well written. I did not get a true feeling for what the teen was experiencing with his OCD and his fear of being found out. Other books have done a better job with this. Josh is a high schoo...
  • DJ
    Sep 27, 2018
    Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What If is every thing I LOVE about verse. It's the perfect story for this format. It follows Joshua who wants to be a drummer. Seriously all he can think about is drumming and rock music. Until he finds ...
  • Caterina Gagliardi
    Sep 09, 2018
    *4,75 stars* *ARC kindly provided by West 44 Books in exchange for an honest review* What if? by Anna Russell is a poetry book about a kid, Joshua, affected by OCD. He?s a teenager who?s just moved to a new school where he?s supposed to make new friends and start a new life. ...
  • Sabrina
    Oct 08, 2018
    "He wouldn't force people to listen to his songs, but they'd want to." What a beautiful and important book. ...
  • Marie
    Apr 18, 2019
    "Your fault, your fault, my brain says." "I wonder if we'd have to move again if he ever found out." "Because of me , our family will never be the same." "I remember always needing that just right feeling, ever since I could think." "He listens and he tells me that it's not...
  • Kayla
    Nov 18, 2018
    I'm really starting to learn to appreciate free verse books. Crank by Ellen Hopkins remains one of my favorite books of all time so I was really excited when I won this book and saw that is was written in a similar fashion. The story follows a young man struggling with compulsive t...
  • MC Hall
    Nov 30, 2018
    I received a copy through Netgalley for a review. Josh is a 16 yr old who has a passion for playing the drums but is secretly struggling with OCD. As someone who suffers with OCD, i thought the way it was explained and demonstrated was very acurate. The constant need to quiet t...
  • Sinamile
    Dec 25, 2018
    Raiting:4 1/2 ? ARC Review: Received for free via Netgalley for an honest review CW: ableist slurs I guess it's official: I love West 44 books! First I had Some Girls Bind by Rory James which was kind of really important to me because of its premise and my attachment to ...
  • Bonnie Evie Gifford
    Jan 22, 2019
    What If? Centres around the rituals, compulsions, and anxiety of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), as felt by a teenager struggling pre (and mid) diagnosis. Looking at the impact others can have on our mental health (and how able we feel to seek help when we are struggling), Russell...