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“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.

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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Leigh Kosiner 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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5 of 5 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 Chelsey Lynn on July 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Crazy encompasses the lives of Isabel and Connor and the entire story is made up of their emails between one another. At first I was surprised when I realized this, then I began to really enjoy the emails because I realized that they were being real with each other and it is sometimes easier to talk to someone and share the ugly truth with them when you are hidden behind a computer screen. Izzy and Conner had previously worked together at what seemed like a summer camp and had shared a bond there, and now they are separated by distance and are forced to keep contact with each other by messages for the time being.

After reading the title, "Crazy," and being introduced to both of the main characters I immediately questioned which one, if not both, would fit the description. I soon learned that Izzy had many self esteem issues as well as other more serious mental concerns. It was touching to read how they chose to interact with each other; often times they were very open and honest and I found myself delighted in how realistic their conversations were. They were both comfortable enough to share their deepest darkest secrets knowing that the other would not be judgmental, but rather accepting.

Izzy had a lot of issues some revolving around depression and low self-esteem that were causing her life to plummet in the wrong direction. Here is where I began to LOVE Connor! He coaxed her back down to reality on many occasions and was, literally, always available for her. She was a flight risk and he just waited so patiently for her to come around and let her decide when she was ready to talk about things. Every other day Izzy is on another rampage about something or someone and she always asks Connor for help but then backs out as soon as he offers to provide her with any.
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