The Compulsive Reader: Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson

Monday, August 24, 2009

Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson

Leigh Nolan can't stop over analyzing her life. She's halfway into her first semester of college as a psychology major, and what with her boyfriend of over a year not taking their relationship to the next step, her horrible habit of procrastinating, and the 15 year-old- she's mentoring thinks she's useless, Leigh can't help but wonder what it all means. Things only get worse when she begins to have feelings for Nathan, her boyfriend's insufferable roommate. Nothing is ever simple...

Leigh is the perfect character--witty and upbeat, determined not to let mean girls get her down, smart, but at times a bit dense and a little insecure. Some of her embarrassing moments are downright hilarious, but she's always picking herself up again, ready to face whatever comes next. The plot of Psych Major Syndrome is realistic and complex, a fun peak at college life that demonstrates the freedom and the new worries and responsibilities of no longer living at home. Thompson also deals with sex issues, both ones that Leigh has to face with her boyfriend, and ones that are brought up in her mentoring program that are relevant and dealt with objectively, which helps add depth to the book. The conclusion of the book is a bit predictable, but it is sweet and satisfying, and readers will be cheering Leigh on as she faces her fears and grows up a little more in the process.

Cover Comments: I like the cover a lot--the green is such a pretty color, and I like the model's pensive pose. The colors and the title treatment are cute together, and I think it makes for a very pretty cover.,


Thao said...

I love this book. Leigh is a really likable character to me. She made me laugh all the time.

The Compulsive Reader said...

I could NOT stop laughing at the snow globe scene! Oh my gosh, it was totally sad, but what she said had my cracking up!

Diana Dang said...

Thanks for the review!