Review: Sykosa – Justin Ordoñez
Sykosa is like any other teen girl, beautiful, intelligent, and determined to make the most of any situation. Yet she also has secrets. Secrets that, at times, threaten to engulf her. Secrets she detests in keeping. Part of her knows she has no choice in keeping them. Trouble would ensue if she does not, yet she finds it difficult sometimes to hold them close.
Her life hasn’t been that easy, even though people would like to think so. She’s had everything she’s ever wanted, yet her life, sometimes, feels lacking. Her best friend, Niko, is broken in more ways than one and she’s a part of the secrets Sykosa has tucked into the back of her mind. It’s her way of not having to deal with what she doesn’t want to deal with. Yet sometimes the little door swings open and those secrets pour out unexpectedly.
Then there’s Tom, her beloved boyfriend. She loves him more than anything, at least she thinks she does. She wants to please him and make him like her all the more and does her best to entice him in every way possible. Using her charms, she’s able to wrap him around her finger, delighting in the way she’s able to incite his passions. They’re just like every couple. Their relationship is full of up’s and down’s, but there’s one thing she’s sure of, Tom is hers and she’ll do anything to keep him.
The events of the past threaten to engulf her as each day passes. She detests the fact that she knows more about what happened than she really wants to know. Yet part of her knows she can never truly divulge what she’s seen. Not if she wants to keep her high standing in school. Despite her disappoints, Sykosa is able to come to terms with her past and the life she leads. To some extent, anyway.
This was definitely a very unique read. It was refreshing to catch a glimpse of Sykosa and her friends. To see her triumphs and her disappointments. I think the author did a good job in tapping into his ‘feminine’ side, so to speak, in order to make Sykosa more real. I enjoyed the story, although I must be honest and say that I felt there were some parts of the story that dragged a little. But other than that, the book is a good read.
Sykosa (that’s “sy”-as-in-“my” ko-sa) is a junior in high school. She belongs to an exclusive clique of girls called the “Queens.” The leader is her best friend Niko. Their friendship has been strained lately because Tom—Sykosa’s first boyfriend—has gotten all serious about making her his pretty Prom princess. That is if he ever gets around to asking her. Before Prom, there’s a party at Niko’s cottage where parental supervision will be nil. He wants to have sex. She doesn’t. He sometimes acts like that doesn’t matter.
Sykosa has a secret she has never told anyone about. Although, some people—Tom included—know anyway. It happened last year and it was big and she’ll cry if she talks about it so she’s done talking about it, okay? Never mind, it’s nobody’s business. Except it keeps happening, and it never stops. She doesn’t want to deal with it. He does. She sometimes acts like that doesn’t matter.
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About the book: YA fiction for the 18+ crowd. Sykosa is a sixteen-year-old girl trying to reclaim her identity after an act of violence shatters her life and the lives of her friends. Set at her best friend’s cottage, for what will be a weekend of unsupervised badness, Sykosa will have to finally confront the major players and issues from this event, as well as decide if she wants to lose her virginity to Tom, her first boyfriend, and the boy who saved her from danger. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Sykosa is Justin Ordoñez’s life’s work. He hopes to one day settle down with a nerdy, somewhat introverted woman and own 1 to 4 dogs. Visit Justin on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.