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Head Games by [Baker, Kevin Alex]
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"Kevin Alex Baker weaves a web of intricate lies, plot twists, and humor so well, the reader gets caught up and doesn't want the book to end."
 
--Bonnie Lamer's Book Reviews
 
bonnielamerreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/head-games-by-kevin-alex-baker.html

About the Author

Kevin Alex Baker learned how powerful words can be on his fifth birthday, when he was hit by a bookmobile. 

His resulting phobia of literature catalyzed his interest in psychology, and as he pondered a life filled with the non-stop excitement of clinical research, Kevin dreamed up a radical new approach to modern therapy. The one problem was no matter how effective it might be, running the program would cause any ethics committee to strip him of his license. Kevin didn't have the guts to defy them himself, so he wrote a story about a therapist who did. The idea grew, and as Kevin overcame his fear of books, the story evolved into Head Games, his first novel.

Head Games was written in Studio City, California and Waikiki, Hawai'i, where his chances of accidentally encountering a book were incredibly low. Kevin lives and writes in San Francisco, California, and would love to hear from you at kevinalexbaker@gmail.com. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X3G79M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is incredibly funny and suspenseful all at the same time. You can relate with the main character whether you are male or female. The main character takes you on a journey, running around campus, and engages you in this crazy psychological experimentation. I would highly recommend buying this novel. Kevin Alex Baker really uses a lot of his inside knowledge of what it's like to be in theatre at the university level. If you are a starving actor/actress or know of one and can relate, this novel will amuse you for sure. If you are a psychology major as well, this is perfect for you. If you have never attended college, well... this is a pretty accurate account of college life, therefore you can live vicariously.

I give this book 2 thumbs up! BUY IT, read it, love it, you won't regret it!
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I love Psyche thrillers but usually go for the dark scary. I picked this up from a recommendation and am very pleased I did. It is not what i usually look for in this genre but was a fun surprise. An easy read that flowed and entertained so that I kept reading. There were really good twists and turns with alot of surprises. The personal and self deprecating humor of the main character really keeps you laughing and questioning his choices along with him.

Not what I was expecting but really glad I picked it up. Good writing style and formatted well for the Kindle.
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Dr Foster, the campus therapist at Wilder University, is angry when his patients will not follow his advice. He theorizes that they will be more likely to accept the same words from a friend, rather than an authority figure, so he hires students to befriend his patients and assist in their therapy -- without the patients' knowledge or consent, of course. If your first thought is "Wait, isn't that unethical?" then you are the perfect candidate for this book.

Jordan, struggling theater major skilled in improv, takes a job with Dr Foster and immediately embarks upon an adventure that will lead to two dead students, a possibly murderous "maybe girlfriend," and the realization that nothing is what it seems. The story is helped immensely by Jordan's character. He is an appealing, all-American, somewhat nerdy, college student, who just wants to do the right thing if he can figure out what it is. He is self-deprecating, quick-witted, and charismatic.

The supporting characters are delightfully weird as well, and Baker does a great job of keeping you guessing. By the end of the book, you become as paranoid as Jordan, not knowing who is working for Foster, and what is really the truth. This is a smart and engaging mystery, and the ending was perfect. I hope to read more from Baker in the future!
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I loved this book so much I read it straight through the night. The gripping story and the humorous storytelling kept me turning the pages until the end. If you only read Head Games once, you're not doing it justice. Every time I read it I find something I missed before, whether it's a clue or an inside joke. I'm a thriller fan, and Head Games is now on my list of favorites.
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Head Games was a book that I started at a time I really shouldn't have been reading anything else but school books. But once I started, I couldn't put it down. It was so funny, so relatable. It had been a very long time since I had a read a book that I couldn't put down. I ended up canceling a date to read this book and I am happy to inform that it was truly worth it. The author's down to earth narration as Jordan Patrick is very gripping. It is laugh out loud funny when you least expect it. I could identify myself with Julie and her insecurities. At one point, I really wanted to pry myself from the book, just so I could make it last longer. I cannot wait to read more from this author. Truly a masterpiece!
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Fascinating and spellbinding from beginning to end. Books can become formulaic these days. Mr. Baker wove an intriguingly unique story. Thank you for sharing the fruits of your imagination. Please continue writing so that I may purchase and add to my reading collection.
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School is out and you are headed to the beach or family vacation. You are going to need a book, and I can't think of one better than "Head Games". This was recommended to me by a friend who rarely reads, so I knew I needed to try it out. It set on my kindle for a few weeks before I was able to start it and I can't believe I waiting that long!

I am going to keep this spoiler-free as possible.. because there is nothing worse that someone spoiling a book.

It is a psychological who-done-it so you get to play detective. But don't worry if you suck at playing detective because this is truly a head game. The book has different points of views from the main characters and will switch back and forth through the story.. it isn't just in Jordan's point of view. Jordan becomes a great protagonist straight off with the first chapter and it's title. The author keeps the characters witty with just the right amount of crazy.

The chapters are set as sort of a countdown, so you may find yourself becoming nervous as the chapters get closer to 0. I found myself convinced of one thing and then in the next chapter wondering why I didn't think of that connection.

I identified easily with the main female character, Julie. The author seemed to have a good grasp on her psychologically and as a woman.

Some may or may not consider the ending as a cliffhanger. Either way, I just hope it means we get another book from this guy.

SEMI-SPOILER:
My favorite part of the book was the back-and forth exchange of purple roses. It become less about the roses and more of who could best the other.

I also think that the type of therapy would have a promising future with the right rules and regulations (not sure about an ethical code). We are more likely to listen to strangers than those we should be getting advice from.
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