What is the summary for "Devils in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood" by Jennifer Traig?

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"Devils in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood" was written by Jennifer Traig. The book summarizes Traig's childhood by recalling her obsessive compulsive disorder. Traig was also obsessed with religion. Traig makes some outlandish confessions throughout the book. Traig announces how she would clean for hours, wash everything she owned if she thought it had a certain smell, and would wash her hands multiple times before she would eat. It is humorous because Traig has no shame in her strange behavior. Part of Traig's religious obsession was that she believed the devil was involved in every single aspect of her life. Traig's OCD was so bad that she would second guess herself as to whether or not she hit a person while driving. Traig would drive back to her previous location over and over to check to see if someone had been hit by her car. This book is most definitely a black comedy, but is very refreshing. Traig is in constant conflict throughout the book, but interestingly, she is only fighting with herself. The book ends when she starts college and her OCD starts to fade away. Before she began her college career at Berkley, she received a year of therapy and was put on medication, which may have helped with her recovery. I would highly recommend this book! It is pretty hilarious.