The History Major Synopsis: After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening? – Goodreads
The History Major Review
I received this book via an unexpected package in the mail, along with a copy of Monsterland (my review of that) which I had already reviewed. Given that it was less than 150 pages, I started reading it the same day, and was pleasantly surprised (considering my impression of the author from Monsterland) to find that this little novella was really good.
Cash manages to keep the reader in suspense right up until the very end. I mean, I had a general idea of how things were going to work out, but I was still pleased with the twist he took on things. Its a book that keeps you feeling vaguely unsettled and just wanting to figure out where everything is headed which in turn gives you a little more sympathy for the main character.
This is (trying very hard not to give anything away) a book that makes you think. Not only about the situation the character is in, but about the resolution. It leaves you pondering the possibilities, and eyeing the book, knowing you’re going to go back for a re-read at some point.
Overall, I was thoroughly impressed by The History Major, and am quite happy to give it a 5 Cool-thulhu rating. Good job by Michael Phillip Cash!