Dora: A Headcase is a proudly screwy response to Sigmund Freud’s 1905 case study that riled up author Lidia Yuknavitch in a college course some years back. Protagonist Ida is sent to therapy by her adulterous father, where the psychologist she nicknames “Siggy” tries to get her to uncover her sexual needs. Ida, an underestimated young woman, records these ridiculous sessions with a device hidden in her Dora the Explorer backpack. Eventually, she edits their interactions into a very critical blackmail situation. Will she give her pursuers what they want in order to be free?
Ida’s eclectic team of comrades helps her feel more alive, and her bashful desires for her best girlfriend bring refreshing perspective into this story. Full of swear words, inappropriate sexual situations, and wacky rebels, this book is not for the faint. I recommend it for anyone who feels like others don’t understand what you’re going through. This book will not change that feeling, but you will at least get some pained laughs from it.