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Crazy Hardcover – June 12, 2012

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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 AmyReedFiction.com 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Grade: C+

One Word: Uneven

CRAZY can best be described as a tale of two halves. The first, a dreary one-star setup for a a story of a teen's crush on a camp friend as she descends into bipolar hell. Told primarily in email between Connor, the nerdy, outcast and Izzy, the over-the-top angsty artist. He's needy and super-supportive , she's slowly slipping into deep depression before exploding into often unkind, self-destructive mania. He pushes, she pulls away.

The first 51%, before Izzy's initial manic episode had me wondering about all the hype and rave reviews of realistic depiction of mental illness. I felt bad for Connor, wishing he demanded better treatment from Iz. The son of a psychologist, he knew she was deteriorating sooner than most teens would. I wished he would have spoken to his mom sooner, but understood his reluctance. He was often a better friend than she deserved, but luckily for her, he was the friend she needed. I'm not sure how much he grew throughout CRAZY.

Isabel did learn and grow by the end of the novel. She took some time for me to embrace, mostly because she was often unkind to Connor, who wore his heart on his sleeves. She should have been hospitalized after her first manic episode, but her parents and sister didn't realize the severity of her condition. She was out of control. Only in the last 10% of the story did I begin to find her redeemable.

CRAZY realistically shows the affects of bipolar disorder nor just on the sufferer, but on her loved ones. I wish the wonderful Amy Reed hadn't spent so much time setting up Izzy's first apparent signs, but she paralleled how mental illness can creep up on a family.
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