Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Psych Major Syndrome Review

Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 336
Keywords: college, contemporary, romance
Format Read: hardcover via publisher (thank you!)
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Presenting Concerns:
The Patient, Leigh Nolan (that would be me), has just started her first year at Stiles College. She has decided to major in psychology (even though her parents would rather she study Tarot cards, not Rorschach blots).
Patient has always been very good at helping her friends with their problems, but when it comes to solving her own...not so much.
Patient has a tendency to overanalyze things, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. Like why doesn't Andrew, her boyfriend of over a year, ever invite her to spend the night? Or why can't she commit to taking the next step in their relationship? And why does his roommate Nathan dislike her so much? More importantly, why did Nathan have a starring role in a much-more-than-friendly dream?
Aggravating factors include 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 Patient is, in a word, naive.

Psych Major Syndrome
Welcome to the next installment of finally clearing some books I've had for an embarrassingly long time off my shelves!

This book suffers from a case of disagreeing book jacket cover info. Not necessarily disagreeing, but the synopsis on the book and online push the psychology major aspect of it, leading the reader to believe it's going to focus heavily on her school life and learning things about what she wants to do or applying it to her life somehow. This does not seem to be the case.

Instead, most of the story revolves around her boyfriend and her interactions with his roommate and her own roommate (who I really liked, and I want her and Reagan from Fangirl to be BFFs). There's the occasional mention of her Intro to Psych class (which, I know from taking one, is kind of a joke and not a class actual psych majors are in most of the time).

Aside from that, the book is pretty stereotypical in its unfolding of plot events. Boyfriend is a jerk constantly, makes reader confused at why they're dating in the first place, boyfriend's roommate is mysterious and moody (we all know where that will go), and girl's roommate is wise and tells it like it is early on, but it takes the MC way too long to realize it herself.

I did like that this was a college setting, I'm always looking for more of those, but it was still very high school dramatic when it came to everything else. Decent enough to read the whole way through, but it's one I would borrow from the library instead of purchasing.

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