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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
“Sykosa, Part I: Junior Year,” written by Justin Ordonez, is a book about a young girl coming of age. Our young heroine Sykosa is a sixteen year old high school junior. About a year previously she was attacked but avoids discussing it. Her boyfriend Tom was there when the horrific event occurred. Niko, Sykosa’s best friend, throws a NO PARENT party at her family’s cottage. Sykosa is hoping Tom would ask her to the prom while they are at the cabin. However, Sykosa has competition; M, aka Mackenzie wants to keep Tom for herself.
To summarize this book in so few words is impossible. Ordonez has covered all aspects of a teen girl and the things she faces and thinks about: hazing on the swim team, to have sex or not to have sex, love and grades. The teenage mind faces a dozen different emotions all at once. The reader is allowed to enter inside Sykosa’s head and to experience her erratic emotions. Ordonez is a brilliant writer; his style matches the hormonal emotions of a teen girl, at times choppy, often fast paced, and always high on emotion. This is not a feel good book; as a matter of fact it will make some feel very uncomfortable if not nervous. “Sykosa” is a complicated book with complicated characters. I would not allow a middle schooler to read this book but it is ideal for mature high schoolers.