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January 5th, 2014

Oxford Messed Up Named in Top 10 of 2014 on BiblioJunkies

A captivating story about a young woman with extreme OCD and her new loo-mate that triggers her anxiety in every possible way. They fall for each other over a mutual love of Van Morrison. I loved that this book took the heroine’s mental illness so seriously and did not condescendingly try to make the reader believe that falling in love was a cure for her daily struggles. Also, I learned to absolutely adore Van Morrison thanks to this author.

Oxford Messed Up Named in Top 10 of 2014 on BiblioJunkies

Read the full review on BiblioJunkies.

May 1st, 2012

Worthington Library Book Reviews

Can you write it in a way that is compelling, that sheds some understanding on what Gloria’s inner world/voice must be like? Can love overcome all those challenges?  Well, yes, you can write the interesting love story, and yes, it is compelling. Love alone does not quite overcome all the challenges but it helps. So does Gloria’s inner strength supported by the possibility of both love and a life and the idea that she could help Henry find that same strength in himself.  Ready to reread it! 

See the full review here: More Book Reviews and Summer Reading Begins
Worthington Library

May 1st, 2012

Oxford Messed Up – Love in the time of OCD

“The beauty of Kaufman’s “Oxford Messed Up” lies in the multi-dimensional characters that are both rich and real, a narrative that soars in its simplicity and plunges into immense emotional depth at the same time, and prose that is beautifully crafted. What really, and absolutely, blows your mind is the way in which Andrea Kayne Kaufman explores the human spirit so beautifully, approaches the subject of mental health with such sensitivity and such intricacy, and creates her characters with such intimacy that you cannot help but become invested in their relationship, and attached to them. This is an absolutely brilliant novel, especially for a debut, and one I believe should become part of our curriculum, at least for students of Psychology – the kind of novel that generations down the road will read, seeking comfort in its characters. I wanted to kiss the hands that wrote this novel – I still might, if I ever am lucky enough to meet it’s author (it’s okay, Andrea, I’ll bring the hand sanitizer!). As a voracious reader, and an absolute worshiper of literature, I’m constantly searching for books that are life-changing – I assure you, “Oxford Messed Up” is just that kind of novel. I hope you will pick up this book, and I hope that it will leave you with as much joy and elation as it bestowed upon me.
The Chronicles of an Enamored Soul

Read the full review here: Oxford Messed Up – Love in the time of OCD

April 30th, 2012

Sidewalk Shoes Book Review ~ Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman

I loved every single thing about this book… 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.”
Sidewalk Shoes

Read the full review here: Book Review: Oxford Messed Up

April 20th, 2012

15 Books for 2012 Summer Reading, The Invisible Mentor

The two help each other – Henry helps Gloria with her disorder, and Gloria helps Henry to be more focused with the study. The reader experiences a beautiful love unfolding between Gloria and Henry. The book also gives great insights into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “

Read the full article and review of Oxford Messed Up here: The Invisible Mentor

15 Books for 2012 Summer Reading, The Invisible Mentor

April 18th, 2012

Journey with Books – Review

Oxford Messed Up is not just your typical romance read. It tackles real life. It points out the things we chose to ignore in our society. This book is one great read you wouldn’t want to miss if you’re looking for something real.”
Journey with Books

Spoiler Alert! Read the full review here: Journey with Books

April 10th, 2012

Visions of Pat: Review; Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman.

I  haven’t enjoyed a book set in Oxford more and also I think this story would make a great film and the soundtrack album would be amazing. As soon as I finished reading the book I put on Brand New Day by Miriam Makeba which is my favourite cover version of a Van Morrison song.Van fans will love this book and i urge you to read it.

Pat @ Visions of Pat
See the full review here: Visions of Pat


April 1st, 2012

 “A moving and poignant tale about two messed up people trying to find true love against a back drop of dead women poets and Van Morrison’s optimistically enchanting music. The book is a literary feast for anyone looking for a contemporary literary fiction.”

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