Psych Major Syndromeby Alicia Thompson
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Hyper-competitive fellow psych majors, a professor who’s badly in need of her own psychoanalysis, and mentoring a middle-school-aged girl who thinks everyone is naive . . . Leigh is failing her own diagnosis!
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- 12 - 18 Years
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Alicia Thompson graduated from New College of Florida in 2006 with a degree in psychology and wrote this debut novel in between pulling all-nighters on her senior thesis. Her short stories "Abby Greene for President" and "Stealing Mark Twain" have appeared in Girls' Life magazine. She is currently working on an MFA in fiction writing at the University of South Florida (where she still pulls the occasional all-nighter).
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I wish I had read this book before I did that Top Ten Tuesday post on authors who deserve more recognition because this book you guys. This book is a hidden gem that everybody should be reading. A fantastic cast of characters, fresh writing, and a swoon worthy romance? YES YES YES. Psych Major Syndrome is one of those rare books that just sang to my soul, from the moment I read the first sentence, the book I wish I’d had in my hands during my freshman year of college. It was so relatable and realistic and I never wanted it to end. The closer I got to finishing it, the more excuses I would find to stop reading and do something else because I wanted to live in Leigh’s life for just a little bit longer. Leigh is a freshman at a small liberal arts college, and Psych Major Syndrome details her journey during this pivotal year, where she learns how to balance new academic needs, new relationships, a preoccupation with sex, and all of the other changes that come with leaving home and being on your own for the first time. She’s one of those characters I loved instantly, even more so because I could strongly relate to her, right down to her penchant for badly written romance novels. She’s just so well-rounded and normal. She’s smart and witty but she’s also naive and blind to the obvious and has that tendency to over analyze every little thing that I think all girls can relate to. She brought out all the emotions that you want to feel when reading. I cried with her and laughed with her and of course had moments when I wanted to strangle her for being oblivious or stubborn. Thompson’s writing is fresh, witty, quirky in all the right ways and utterly charming. It just warmed my heart and caused me to constantly grin like a maniac while reading. While the story does contain some clichés, a couple of scenes that made me cringe and some moments that I wish had been better developed, they were not enough to distract from the story being told. The plot moves quickly and fully engaged all of my senses. All of the secondary characters were also just as well-written and developed as Leigh. Her best friend/roommate Ami reminded me so much of my college roommate/now life long best friend it was almost like deja vu. Ami is artistic, vocal and absolutely the voice of reason. She’s not afraid to tell Leigh or anyone else how it is and I love it. She’s one of those secondary characters I would love to see have her own story told one day. As for the two love interests, I have a lot of feelings. Andrew is Leigh’s high school sweetheart and the world’s biggest douche bag. Seriously. He actually had me Hulk smash raging every time he was on the page, to the point that I actually threw my book across the room. Of course I picked it right back up and hugged it close but still. I can’t remember the last time I hated a character this much. Rude, condescending, self-absorbed. If you don’t hate him from the moment you’re introduced to him you are doing something wrong. His roommate Nathan is pretty much is exact opposite. 100% swoon worthy, sweet, charming and caring, he’s pretty much the perfect guy. It also doesn’t hurt that he play’s guitar, walks around shirtless and has some issues of his own that make him an observer of human nature. While both of the guys could have been developed a little better, Nathan was definitely more fully developed than Andrew and is total book boyfriend material. And although I guess this could be considered a love triangle, it never really felt like one. The development’s in both of the relationships felt completely realistic, which was refreshing. This was a perfect contemporary YA read for me and I look forward to any future works from this author.
I immediately felt the need to read PSYCH MAYJOR SYNDROME when I first discovered it! And the character of Nate does definitely not disappoint! He is a sexy nerd! Nate studies math, is an open-minded creative artist and always there for you when you need him. Our female protagonist, Leigh, is a crazy psychology student who tends to overanalyse every situation and person she comes across. What an irony that the psych major girl who analyses everyone doesn't know her own feelings. When it comes to the part where both get to know each other, I was hooked. I enjoyed how clumsy these two were interacting and how hilarious the moments they often ended in were. I hoped for much more interaction between Leigh and Nate and I wouldn't mind to spend some more time with them in a sequel. Each chapter begins with a psychology related term and explanation functioning as a kind of headline. I am not that interested in psychology and its techniques or theories, but Alicia Thompson used it in a funny and anything but dry way. I really liked that the story of PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME was set at uni. The writing is good and the overall plot sweet and funny. I want to read more of that! THE VERDICT PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME is a novel about the bright and not so bright sides of being a student and the odds of finding love as a psych major. Sign up as psych major yourselves for a chance to meet gorgeous Nate!
Leigh is in her first year as a freshman at a small California college and, so far, college is not what she thought it would be. Despite majoring in Psychology, Leigh cannot diagnose and solve any of her own problems. Like the fact that her boyfriend, Andrew, wants to take things to the next level, even though Leigh's feelings for their relationship are almost non-existent. She's much more interested in Andrew's roommate, who is really attractive, but more often than not moody and not easy to be around. With her teachers putting a lot of pressure on her (much more than she expected) and a few catty girls making Leigh's life difficult, Leigh is starting to wonder if college was for her after all. Written with humor and heart, this is a wonderful book that teenagers and young adults can relate to. The main character is believable and honest. And, even though the storyline sometimes falters, Leigh's character holds the book together nicely.
I really liked this book. I can really relate to the main character who is a last minute person and makes everything harder on herself. This book makes you think about your future changes( if your in high school)and what you want from life and changes in relationships and friendships. I can't wait to go to college and fall in love
This book inspires one to not only look at our inspirations, but our friends and what means the most to us. I really enjoyed the story as well as the over all plot. Some of the characters were a bit on the mean side... but that's real life too. I would definitely say it has some re-readability to it as well.
My Thoughts: Before diving into this book, I thought it would be more Young Adult, even with it taking place in college. It ended up having a little bit of a New Adult feel to it, which was actually kinda awesome considering I've been getting into them lately. Leigh reminds me a bit of myself--stepping out into the adult world and trying to figure out where to go next and who to be. She's in college and still with her high school boyfriend, Andrew, who is very much an idiot. Sadly, and I've seen this be the case so many times in real life, Leigh is staying with him since they've been together so long. Once she starts really thinking about things, based on the things she's talking about with friends and the girls she's mentoring, she starts to open up her eyes more. And her eyes start to see Nathan. He seemed like he didn't really like her, but there was something about the way he acted that made me think early on that was not the case. I began falling for him right away and I rooted for Leigh to take notice of him too. Psych Major Syndrome is a book with a story you don't anticipate but end up loving. Leigh goes through a nice journey. It's like one of those "you think you know what you want but life hands you something other than the lemons you expected" kind of journeys. Alicia Thompson did a great job telling it and I would love to see more of her work. My Rating: Very Good