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Sykosa by Justin Ordoñez
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Aug 05, 2012

really liked it

Sykosa is a very frustrating and intricate young character. She has had some sort of past trauma, but the reader never seems to really know what. That past trauma dictates how she responds to her relationship with dreamy Tom, her boyfriend. Sykosa is at that awkward age where she is on the cusp of adulthood. She wants her relationship to go as deep as possible, but is unsure how to proceed and if she even wants to proceed. Sykosa tells the reader her story in a raw, unadulterated voice. She doesn't hold much back and delicate issues such as drugs and sex are touched upon. Her character is very candid, almost as if writing in a diary. The reader will likely have no problem connecting to her, but will have to make up his/her mind as to if he/she likes her.

The book doesn't stay in the present, but flashes back to show the reader glimpses of chosen scenes. Again, the reader doesn't really learn exactly why Sykosa seems afraid of intimacy and moving forward in her relationship, but the reader may get a fair idea. Sykosa is in high school and the author does capture that environment and many characteristics one imagines high school students have. Overall, the book was very interesting, but a little confusing. This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.

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