Author: Alicia Thompson
Published: August 11th 2009
Genre: YA/New Adult
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Using the skills you've learned so far in Introduction to Psychology, please write a brief self-assessment describing how things are going in your freshman year.
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
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.