Dora: A Headcase – Lidia Yuknavitch

I was generously sent this book by Canongate in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The blurb from the back of the book:

Ida has a secret: she is in love with her best friend. But any time she gets close to intimacy, Ida faints or loses her voice. She needs a shrink. Or so her philandering father thinks.

Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, Siggy, Ida – and alter-ego Dora – hatch a plan to secretly film him. But when the film goes viral, Ida finds herself targeted by unethical hackers.



This is a coming of age book about one of Sigmund Freud’s most famous patients who couldn’t speak.

This book is a reimagining of how Ida/Dora might have spoken like if she had.

I found the book really interesting. The author doesn’t hold anything back. It is real, and heartbreaking, and hilarious! Some of the things that Ida/Dora came out with, how she thought of the world had me in stitches.

The book is also harrowing. The author has done a great job conveying emotions and what life is like at seventeen.

I don’t think this book is YA, but I think it would do well with this audience simply because of what Ida/Dora goes through. This story will stay with me for a long time.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have you read it? Let me know what you thought in the comments 😀

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My name is Lisa and the pooch in my profile picture is my baby, Skye. I love everything bookish! I also find things like tarot and angel cards, along with runes and gemstones really interesting and I like to incorporate these into my photos.

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