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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 9 - 12
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423114574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423114574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Leigh, a freshman at tiny Stiles College in California, is more uptight than her artsy roommate Ami, but not quite as stiff as her high school boyfriend, Andrew. She's trying to figure out how to navigate her way through a psychology major at a school that's putting more pressure on her than she expected while weathering Andrew's expectations for sex though their romance is dwindling. Added into the mix are Andrew's attractive but moody roommate, several "mean girl" types, and a healthy dose of quirky, introspective humor. Leigh's exceptional vocabulary is naturally worked into the story, which is also heavily laced with brand and celebrity names, music references, and esoteric comments about zombies and girlfriends who might like to cook your bunny rabbit. The idea that Leigh's kooky parents (who own a psychic B&B) would have her share a bedroom at their home with a young man because they want to save space for paying guests seems far-fetched, as does a contrived subplot that features an overweight matron-type who is too rigid to talk with any honesty about sex. The young woman's ongoing inner conversations about sleeping with Andrew are much more believable.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX END

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Praise for

Psych Major Syndrome:

“You won’t be able to put this book down. I didn’t want it to end!”—Meg Cabot, internationally best-selling author of

The Princess Diaries and

Airhead

“A classic romantic-comedy formula feels fresh thanks to Leigh’s witty, semi-slacker narration, adorably kooky persona, and background.” —

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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Thompson's writing is fresh, witty, quirky in all the right ways and utterly charming.
Disquietus
I really enjoyed this book; it's not very often I get to read a book about a college-age protagonist.
James F. Booth
All these characters are really well developed, and you grow to love them as the book progresses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Runa VINE VOICE on October 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Continuing a trend that seems to have been started by Megan McCafferty is another YA book set at college instead of the typical junior high/high school ones. This is really exciting for me as a new college student, watching my books grow up along side me and keeping the material relevant and interesting. It also really helped that the main character in the story goes to a tiny school that sounds very much like my own. Anyways, the plot was cute, if not annoyingly simple. Everything was pretty predictable, and it is no wonder that Meg Cabot blurbed it--it's such utterly Cabotian fluff, just as well-written in a casual conversational tone. I love it when authors do cute gimmicky things, so I was a fan of the little psych related definitions that came before chapters and symbolically related really nicely to whatever was happening. All these characters are really well developed, and you grow to love them as the book progresses. I was really satisfied with the way everything turned out at the end, after that emotional rollercoaster of suspense resolved itself. I was a little disappointed by the lack of very much to do with psychology, but it's still a cute book--just don't expect anything intellectual out of it.

Rating: 5/5

Also, cutest U2 references ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AngellicLulu on September 20, 2009
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I've been out of the college life for a few years now, but this book took me back to my life as a college student. I related with the main character eerily well. Leigh (the main character) is a girl who just is. She doesn't feel the pressure to be more than what she is. But through her over-analysis of herself she starts to realize maybe gliding through life isn't as effective as she thought it was.

The college is based on the college my sister went to so I really understood the dynamics of the college. It's such a small school, everyone knows everyone else's business. This causes the rumor mill to spiral out of control. Poor Leigh can't keep any secrets about anything.

I highly recommend this book for 16-20 something ages. It's a romantic comedy that is definitely suitable to soon to be college students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Disquietus on July 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I wish I had read this book before I did that Top Ten Tuesday post on authors who deserve more recognition because this book you guys. This book is a hidden gem that everybody should be reading. A fantastic cast of characters, fresh writing, and a swoon worthy romance? YES YES YES. Psych Major Syndrome is one of those rare books that just sang to my soul, from the moment I read the first sentence, the book I wish I'd had in my hands during my freshman year of college. It was so relatable and realistic and I never wanted it to end. The closer I got to finishing it, the more excuses I would find to stop reading and do something else because I wanted to live in Leigh's life for just a little bit longer.

Leigh is a freshman at a small liberal arts college, and Psych Major Syndrome details her journey during this pivotal year, where she learns how to balance new academic needs, new relationships, a preoccupation with sex, and all of the other changes that come with leaving home and being on your own for the first time. She's one of those characters I loved instantly, even more so because I could strongly relate to her, right down to her penchant for badly written romance novels. She's just so well-rounded and normal. She's smart and witty but she's also naive and blind to the obvious and has that tendency to over analyze every little thing that I think all girls can relate to. She brought out all the emotions that you want to feel when reading. I cried with her and laughed with her and of course had moments when I wanted to strangle her for being oblivious or stubborn.

Thompson's writing is fresh, witty, quirky in all the right ways and utterly charming. It just warmed my heart and caused me to constantly grin like a maniac while reading.
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Format: Hardcover
PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME is an absolutely winsome novel, easily one of the sweetest reads this year. It's the literary equivalent of pictures of cute kittens and puppies, and will leave you sighing happily and "aww-ing" at the end.

The book crackles with humor, mostly the result of the stellar protagonist. Leigh has just the right balance of "intelligent college student" and "blind, drama-attracting girl" to win over both lovers of intelligent AND just-for-fun fiction. Leigh's snarky and self-deprecating narration is charmingly funny, and there are enough hints of cultural references that will make even the most well-read reader smile indulgently. PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME takes the classic narrative formula--well-put-together main character realizes her non-debilitating blindness and overcomes that critical flaw to become a better and happier person--and rebuilds it again as something that will ring true for us. It's tried-and-true, without making us sick of the "tried."

PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME has more to do with a love story than psychology, and far from being disappointed that the title and synopsis were a bit misleading, I was absolutely delighted. Without giving anything away, I just want to say that if the love interest doesn't make your list of Top 10 Swoon-Worthy YA Boys, then you either have a hard-to-win heart, or else you recognize the few flaws in this novel that make it not nearly as enjoyable as it could be: a rushed ending, not enough character development in the one character we'd like to see developed more, and a happy ending that's so perfect as to be a little cringe-inducing.

Ultimately, your enjoyment of PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME may depend on how much the conventions bother you.
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