Review #3 Psych Major Syndrome
I have to admit, I expected a little more from this book. Again, I warn you, I have only done two reviews, so this may not meet the par desired for most reviews. When I figured out what the book was about, I thought I would read of a girl with typical problems that she over exaggerates, providing insight into the life of a Psychology major. Instead, I read about drama. Lots of it. For that matter, high school drama. I found myself relating to her roommate more than I did, her, being the one who warned my friend of her blindness in her relationship. Leigh, the narrator, loved her “boyfriend of over a year” and fought the controversy claiming high school relationships don’t last. There’s a reason for that, Leigh.
Before I get critical… I will tell you what I did like. I like how she wrote. It almost read as if she spoke to a friend, rehashing events as they occurred. In that sense, her story drew me forward. Sort of. Some of her wording forced me to pause, so I found a stopping place in my reading quite often, but how she spoke of her own events gave just enough for me to visualize. The description lacked, so I visualized my college and such, but still. I grasped the characters rather well, having more trouble with her boyfriend’s roommate than anyone else. But so did she, so that was perfectly fine. Most of the characters had a good, real, feel. I could give them to people I know and match them up like a two-year-old’s puzzle. Perfect fits. So, the writing style is about all I have to say. And the development. Here we go…
The book circled around the typical life of a college student. Classes, tests, essays, etc. Nothing truly different than a normal student. Nothing that would make a Psych major stand out. She was in denial about…. practically everything people told her. Her roommate didn’t try to hide the fact that she didn’t like Leigh’s boyfriend. I didn’t like Leigh’s boyfriend. He’s a brat. I respect his drive when it comes to school, but, if you’re going to be in a relationship, you need a drive there, too. I don’t care how much you love school. Wanna girlfriend/boyfriend? It’s an investment, too. Suck it up. Well, Leigh did. A little too much.
I didn’t grasp the concept of Stiles as a college very well. I read it as a small, almost pathetic college that had higher standards than Ivy League universities. For liberal arts majors. Simply put, I couldn’t find the plausibility level in this book. My college experience involved a high school boyfriend and a roommate-type friend I made where the situation was similar. Coincidentally, my friend dated a Psych major. He basically tried manipulating her thoughts. Constantly. He loved his major and all the information it included. He was a turd.
Leigh didn’t seem to have any of that. In fact, her situation was ironic in comparison. She was constantly manipulated by ‘le boyfriend.’ (I haven’t ever used that term, but The Devil Wears Prada came to mind, so that line did, as well). She’s a psych major. I’d be looking up what mental issues he has and either, A) Fix that sucker. or B) Dump him because you can’t change him. That’s me, though. If I wished to be a Psych major, I would think I’d want to get in peoples’ heads, and she didn’t seem to want much of that at all. She met someone while going to a session at a middle school in which she was a mentor, but she lacked the interest I’d expect a Psych major to have in this girl’s attitude. The girl, Rebekah, constantly challenged her, and not once did Leigh question why she chose to do so, or even why she acted so distant. I questioned that, and I’m not interested in why people do things they do.
It could be me, though. My expectation of a Psych major could be so out of wack that I couldn’t grasp the reality of the book. I just had trouble, because I felt like I was reading about a high school… thing. The gossiping, the ‘coolest girl on campus’ thing, the bullying of someone smarter, terrible boyfriend advice… It seemed like the events came from someone who never got out of high school, yet she fought the memories and past her high school career left her.
There were good points, such as her wondering what may be wrong with a few people she found herself around most of the time. She didn’t put her major into play until the end of the book, for the most part, but she did wonder what was wrong with the girl who practically hated her, and the girl who tried dating her boyfriend’s roommate. That came into play two or three times, I suppose.
I didn’t completely finish the book, because I despise high school drama. That’s another story. But, if you like reading about high school life, but want a college setting, you may like this book. It simply wasn’t for me, is all. I expected an insight into the world of Psychology (not a lesson, but life as said major) and didn’t get it. So, to each their own. It wasn’t an monstrosity of a book that I’d burn, filter the ashes, and bury ten feet underground, but it is one I wouldn’t have paid $10 for if I could do it again. Maybe $5. Yeah.
So…. the rating…
I hope you have a good day. May God bless it and fill it with warmer weather. It’s cold.
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