Summary Edit Ida is a savvy Seattle teen with a problem: Every time she gets emotional, especially romantically, she loses her voice or faints. She records their conversations with a recorder she hides in her rebelliously tricked-out Dora the Explorer purse. Ida has no experience in this area, though she is deeply in love with Obsidian. However, any time the two seem to be going beyond kissing, Ida faints or loses or voice.
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Publication Date: August 7, List Price: Ida needs a shrink. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, whom she nicknames Siggy, Ida begins a coming-of-age journey.
At the beginning of her therapy, Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her small posse of pals engage in "art attacks. Ida and her friends hatch a plan to secretly film Siggy and make an experimental art film. But something goes wrong at a crucial momentat a nearby hospital Ida finds her father suffering a heart attack. While Ida loses her voice, a rough cut of her experimental film has gone viral, and unethical media agents are hunting her down.
A chase ensues in which everyone wants what Ida has. Yuknavitch is talking back to a hundred years, to the founding of psychoanalysis. Yuknavitch has wrestled with the force of her own convictions and given a powerful voice to a badass character born on the literary landscape. Dora: A Headcase is that kind of novel.
It channels Sigmund Freud and his young patient Dora and is both a hilarious critique and an oddly touching homage. With an unerring ear and a very keen eye, Lidia Yuknavitch casts a very special slant of light on our centuries and our lives. Put simply, the book is needed. But the novel constantly transcends this conceit in beautiful and surprising ways. Right across your lawn without respect to boundaries.
It felt more real, more like the girls I knew and was, than any other coming of age narrator. Put simply, Yuknavitch has written the best portrait of teen girlhood I have ever read. In twenty years, I hope to wake up in a world where Dora: A Headcase has replaced Catcher in the Rye on high school reading lists for the alienated. This is the book Lidia Yuknavitch was put on the planet to write for us. All sex scenes were shit, except for the sex written by Lidia Yuknavitch.
The reader emerges wiser, enlightened, and changed. So honest and unapologetic is her writing that you can practically hear her sigh in catharsis as you turn the pages. And Ken Kesey, of course. The Chronology of Water is astonishingly beautiful, and, as a writer, Yuknavitch is a force. Her writing hits you, hard. It rocks you. She knocked me over with passages so brilliant, so true, I had to reread them over and over until I could bear to let them go in order to move on to the next paragraph.
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Dora: A Headcase
Summary[ edit ] Ida is a savvy Seattle teen with a problem: Every time she gets emotional, especially romantically, she loses her voice or faints. She records their conversations with a recorder she hides in her rebelliously tricked-out Dora the Explorer purse. Ida has no experience in this area, though she is deeply in love with Obsidian. However, any time the two seem to be going beyond kissing, Ida faints or loses or voice. The most daring of these attacks involves a secret recording of a conversation between Siggy and a mysterious man, intended to be made into an art film. But while Ida finds her father having a heart attack at a nearby hospital, some raw footage of her film goes viral, with unexpected consequences, as things quickly get out of control.
Dora: A headcase