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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Psych Major Syndrome" by Alicia Thompson

Release Date: August 11, 2009
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Young Adult

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

Not only is this a solid YA contemporary romance, but it is also hilarious! It had me laughing out loud and doubling over with laughter. I expected it to be a sweet, typical contemp and I would have thoroughly enjoyed it if that's all it was, but the added humor made it all the more fun!

Leigh is a freshman at the same college of her high school sweetheart, they have been together over a year and as far as she is concerned, they are very solid. I liked Leigh, she had a great sense of humor and she was basically just a nice person, but that girl was crazy naive. Her boyfriend, Andrew, was an ass. I didn't like him from the go. He was disrespectful and dismissive to her most of them time, and then as it suited him he was demanding and stubborn. Of course Leigh was pretty blind and could only see what she wanted to be there. Her best friend and roommate, Ami, hated Andrew and didn't hesitate to let him know it. Ami was a trip, so much of the comedy came from scenes when her and Leigh were together. She is artsy, free spirited and fun. The two of them balanced each other out so well. Nathan was a gem! Initially Leigh assumes he dislikes her, just like Ami can't stand Andrew, but we start to
realize that he is really just concerned for Leigh. He is the perfect boy for contemp romance and my new book crush. He was sweet, considerate, caring and protective, but he also wasn't one to sit around and take crap.

As far as stories go, this one was predictable, but that didn't matter because it was such a fun read all the way through. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a sweet romance with a heaping dose of comedy thrown in!


  1. Okay, now I really want to read this! Any YA with a good dose of comedy- count me in :)

  2. YAY! I'm so glad to see this gem of a book get attention! I read it two years ago after I saw that Meg Cabot recommended it on her blog (I believe she drew me in with the whole "boyfriend's shirtless roommate" thing), and I consider this to be one of my favorite books. So hilarious and fun! I foresee rereading this one soon...

  3. I know I'm kind of a paranormal snob, but this contemp sounds right up my alley! Great review, SarBear!! I'll be putting this on my wishlist. =D



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