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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Bubblegum Psychology by Heidi Kice
Bubblegum Psychology is the story of Brenna Fawn Goldsmith, who is sent to a sanatorium after committing arson. During the sessions in which the sanatorium's doctors try to figure her out, she tells them lies about her crime and her life. All of this changes, however, when she is transferred to Dr. Cannon. He is a young psychologist who catches her lies easily and works to find out what is really going on in Brenna's head, and what exactly she set on fire. Brenna makes many "crazy" friends in the sanatorium, and learns a little about what it means to be sane.
Bubblegum Psychology was a fantastic book. The author created some very memorable characters, from the boy who hated the color brown to the doctor obsessed with having a miracle schizoprhenia case. Brenna herself was very realistic, from the way she reacted to her placement in a sanatorium to the way she treated her new friends. There was just the right amount of humor, as well, which came in the form of the other kids in the sanatorium and Brenna's over-the-top lies during her psychology sessions. The story had plenty of exciting moments, and I held my breath as Brenna made life-altering decisions. I would reccommend Bubblegum Psychology to everyone who likes realistic fiction, and spends time thinking about thoughts.
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