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Crazy About You: Don't get trapped in your own search for meaning Kindle Edition
The potential for bizarre at the Larned State Hospital is coalesced into one week of Brad's life. He thinks he's in love with the schizophrenic teen, Suzanne, who has to be tied up to keep from picking her palms until they bleed. Only Brad believes her story that she is trying to cleanse her palms of her father's semen. And only Brad believes he has the plan to save her when her father wants her released back into his care.
But it is the brutal murder of a townswoman and the missing status of her daughter, a nurse at the mental hospital that rivets the town's attention. Brad becomes a hero when he leads campus police to the hiding place of an AWOL patient/suspect, who believes he's John F. Kennedy. Brad knows he's not the culprit and gets further enmeshed in the mystery when, while working in the mental hospital's cafeteria's dish washing room finds a finger stuck in the mashed potatoes.
A group of employees who run a theft ring believe Brad is ratting on them so they take him to see Alex Krout, mass murderer and the most dangerous of the criminally insane, and threaten to throw Brad to the caged madman. And it's prom week at school. The desire for normalcy finds Brad with a dream date who's crazy about him.
The lit fuses hit the dynamite on prom night when a group of patients in the building for the criminally insane hold guards hostage and Alex Krout, squealing in his cell, waits for his chance to run amok.
- ASIN : B005DC623E
- Publisher : Attwood Consulting, LLC (July 18, 2011)
- Publication date : July 18, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 656 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 184 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 146631222X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,370 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story involves brutal staff, many of whom are more twisted than those they are supposed to care for, a sad young woman who was victimized by her father and than by the system, unfortunate souls who need professional help that is seldom available to them, the local juvenile delinquent, and a couple of teenaged girls whose hormones are as out of control as only teenage hormones can be. The author brings them and others together to weave a story that will keep you turning the pages and that you won't soon forget.
I love psychology, so all the references were great and spot on, yet only given enough that even the lay reader would find some good information yet not be badgered down by it.
All in all, one great suspenseful read, with only minor grammatical errors that I easily overlooked due to the fast pace of the story. I would and will recommend. One I will keep on my e-reader indefinitely!
As an editor for the WritingApocalypse.com, it is our great pleasure to list this as a book which has survived our stringent rubric of grading. Finally, a wonderful self-published book by an author who will remain on my reading list.
Or at least I know about a week in the life of the book's 16 year old main character. Son of the hospital's dentist, he seems to live a lot more eventful, and sex-filled, life than just about anybody that I knew growing up. But Atwood not only describes the adventures of a teen-age boy, he draws back the curtain on life in a mental hospital while giving his take on small towns and the early lessons of love.
The book moves quickly and reads well, especially the occasional philosophical digressions and musings. It's touching and funny ("Socialized medicine existed," writes Attwood. "You just had to be nuts to get it."). Read it, and you'll learn more about mental hospitals and the mind of teenage boys--two vastly mysterious, and at times troubling, places.