A boy struggling with OCD starts at a new at school and learns to cope with the help of friendship and understanding.
There are 4 things you should know about Ben:
1. He's 12 years old
2. He's the new kid at school
3. His special number is 4
4. He has a bully in his brain
Sometimes Ben's brain makes him count to 4 to prevent bad things happening. Sometimes it makes him tap or blink in 4s. Mostly it makes the smallest things feel impossible. And with a new school, a moody big brother, an absent dad and a mum battling her own demons, Ben feels more out of control than ever. But then he meets April, and with his new friend, Ben might finally figure out how to stand up to the bully in his brain, once and for all.
Very well written and researched, giving us a clear insight into the inner turmoil of a boy living with OCD. The book also delves into the complexity of family and parental relationships, bullying and alcoholism. This is an enjoyable but emotional book that also manages to be full of hope and compassion.