Monday, December 12, 2011

Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson

Psych Major Syndrome

Good Reads Summary

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.
 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

My Thoughts

A couple of chapters in and I knew what I was getting. That said I have no problem recommending this to anyone with a penchant for cutesy happy-happy rom/coms. Because basically that’s what PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME is. The best thing about the book is Leigh, whom I adore!

Leigh has most everything going for her… or maybe not. A girl with the tendency to over-analyze, drag her feet and take her time in everything she did, has compensate elsewhere, right? And she does, she’s funny and made observations that made me laugh. If I had to compare her to anyone, I’d say she’s a bit like Ruby Oliver whose various quirks had me laughing (but cringing too.)

Leigh’s descriptions of her study habits (nil) and habit of stretching the truth are all quite entertaining. And just like Ruby, she’s not that self-aware. While she could see the wrong in other things and nitpick over details like a champion, she never really saw herself. And as she first observed, she sometimes ignored the big things. It’s because of these that her problems got bigger. I enjoyed most every tangle she got in because there was always her humor to count on.

Then there be the boys… oh the boys. Actually, it’s just “the boy,” because from the get I was wondering what was keeping her with Andrew, who read like a douche. But Nathan, my goodness! This time, I can honestly say that it wasn’t the guitar. That boy is positively yum.

Now there are two things one might take issue with~ (a) the unbelievably sweet ending (i.e. unlikely declarations) and (b) how Li and Rebekah were depicted. As to the first, I did say is cutesy sweet rom-com material, so it’s not that big a deal. As to the last, at least it wasn’t as bad as HoN.


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