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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
The mind is the most important and, at the same time, the most dangerous organ in the body. The two novellas, Every Last Thought, and Psycho Girl, in Every Last Psycho by Zarina Macha prove just that. In Every Last Thought, sixteen-year-old Tess struggles with schizophrenia. With the voices in her head destroying her self-worth every day, she found solace in Ed's company. Although Ed loved her like a sister, he could not accept the love that Tess confessed to him. This realization, along with a tragedy, pushed Tess toward cocaine. The combination of drugs, her medication, and a heavy secret was enough for her to hit rock bottom. Psycho Girl features eighteen-year-old Evelyn, beautiful and confident. In the eyes of her friends, she was living a perfect life; however, she had an angry, bitter, and violent mind. She hid her real colors behind the veil of a fake smile. Believing herself to be superior to others, she went on a murderous streak when her dream university rejected her.
Providing deep insight into the thoughts of the characters, Zarina Macha manages to create an instant connection between her characters and readers. There is no straightforward rule of identifying a person with a mental disorder, and the striking difference between Tess and Evelyn proves just that. Both stories reflect deeply on the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of a mental disorder. Zarina Macha is an entertaining storyteller. The plot grips the attention of its audience right from the beginning and keeps getting stronger. Every Last Psycho: A Collection of Two Novellas by Zarina Macha is the perfect book to understand the significance of human psychology in the form of two intriguing tales.