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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442413476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442413474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Real and very relatable….There is great pleasure here in not looking away from the train wreck situations that Isabel creates.”--VOYA

“Vibrant….Convincing writing….Teens will undoubtedly race through this compelling and moving novel.” --SLJ

About the Author

Amy Reed is the author of Beautiful, Clean, and Crazy. Born and raised in and around Seattle, she now lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, a dog, and two cats. Find out more at and follow her on Twitter at @AmyReedFiction.

More About the Author

Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless, and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California.

Her short work has been published in journals such as Kitchen Sink, Contrary, and Fiction. Her first Young Adult novel BEAUTIFUL will be released October 6, 2009 (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster).

Amy currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two cats, and one dog, and has accepted that northern California has replaced the Pacific Northwest as her home. She is no longer restless.

Customer Reviews

She expresses herself very well.
I was afraid I wouldn't get enough info about the characters or that the info would feel too forced but it was actually a fun way to view their relationship.
Alison Knowles
I'll gladly read anything she puts out.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Breathes Books on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Crazy deal with important and sensitive material, and as usual I think that Amy Reed writes about it with class, while still fleshing out the characters, making them realistic. This book is gritty at times, definitely keeping it real.
One important thing that I didn't know before reading--Crazy is written in emails and instant messages. Honestly, I don't know if I would have picked it up if I knew that, but I would have missed out. It isn't like prose, which doesn't do it for me, but it is still a different experience than reading a novel written with narration. I think that something is lost when the emails are so detailed. I am not sure that the characters would have actually written emails like that. Parts of it felt authentic, but others seem like it is there just to give readers insight into what's happened.
Connor is such a good friend, I wish that he were mine. There are times though that I wish he'd stood up for himself and stuck by it, rather than automatically apologizing and having to worry if Izzy has gotten mad enough to abandon their relationship.
I really felt for Izzy, what she subjected herself to, and also what her illness did to her. I think that the mood swings and the descent into mental illness was well-written, and I could see where Connor would've written things off when he did, and why he was concerned.
These characters were hard to pin down in that I wasn't sure if I liked or hated them. They made me feel though, so they did their job. I was never bored, and never wanted to put it down, even when I wanted to smack some sense into the characters, whether Izzy or Connor or Izzy's family.
The end is like a train-wreck, I could see it coming, couldn't do anything to stop it, and couldn't look away. (Not saying the end is bad, just using the analogy. It was a beautifully written train wreck, lol)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chels on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Izzy isn't a normal girl, but she's never thought of herself as crazy. When she meets Connor at summer camp, the two hit it off and decide to correspond via email. The more Connor gets to know Izzy, the more he realizes that sometimes she is far too high and sometimes she is far too low. The two talk through their feelings, even the most embarrassing, as well as everyday activities and arguments with friends and parents. The reader will really get to know these two characters; their hopes, dreams, and pain are clearly written down, but these characters are not always easy to connect to...sometimes the reader may feel like he/she is on the outside looking in.

Connor's personality is far more dependable. He tends to be the goofy but serious, smart but sometimes stupid, normal teenage boy. Izzy, on the other hand, displays some feelings, thoughts, and actions that may be seen as...crazy. The author truly captures and uses Izzy's frenetic energy. It is very easy to find oneself completely absorbed in this book without even noticing the outside world. The reader may feel as if he/she is reading about a train wreck ahead of time and unable to help the characters. However, Amy Reed does a terrific job of portraying Izzy exactly as she intended.

Overall, this book will evoke emotions in the reader and leave him/her thinking about this book long after setting it down. This novel is recommended to young adult/adult readers.

*Complimentary copy received for review, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan Ashley on March 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover

First off, I loved that this book is written mostly in e-mails. Its completely unique and attracted me to the book in the first place.

I've read her other two books, Beautiful and Clean, which I also loved, but Crazy is my favorite out of all of them.

The conversations they had really made me think about life and the people around me. It sounds cheesy, I know. But sometimes there were sentences that just stuck to me. I kept getting images in my head of everything they described. Their experiences, their families, people they mentioned, their friends, and not-so-friends.

I absolutely loved Conner. If I ever had a friend like him, I'd never let him go. Seriously. As for Isabel, once it started to get towards page 200, she was really starting to get on my nerves with her selfishness and hypocrisy, which Conner eventually points out.
It took her starting to go really "crazy" for me to realize that her behavior went deeper than I initially thought.
Once I started realizing she was probably bi-polar, and eventually finding out she is, I started to finally understand her, and how it wasn't her fault.
It took me to first be annoyed by her to finally appreciate her in the end because I completely relate to her.

And as for the ending, I loved it. It was better than I had hoped, especially because I wasn't sure what to expect.

If you're a fan of books of this type, whether it being because of the format or because of the conflict, then you need to read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura (The Reading Nook on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hard-hitting and edgy YA books have always been what I gravitate too. Tough issues, especially mental illness has always intrigued me and i'll read any book with characters that deal with any type of mental illness. I read clean by Amy Reed last year and loved it, and this one was no exception. I also have Beautiful by Amy Reed sitting on my ever-growing TBR pile and i'm hoping to get to it sometime soon.

I loved the set-up of this book in the way that it was all emails and im's I think it gave a fresh take on the story, and although it dosen't always work, it's a nice change of pace rather then simply reading straight narrative or dialouge. Although i've never had a lot of experience with people that have bipolar disorder i'm familar with the disorder and know the implications of it. I felt like Amy Reed wrote a very true character in Izzie the highs were too high and the lows were too low, and she made the disorder come to life on the pages.

If you like gritty, raw, contemporary YA and haven't read a novel by Amy Reed, then you need too because she is a queen of this genre. I feel like this book is one that needs to be re-read to really get everything there is to get out of this book because the characters are so well-delevoped and deep that you could easily miss something the first time around.
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