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Crazy Beautiful Hardcover – September 7, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—Sophomore Lucius Wolfe lost both hands in an explosion of his own making, and now he is left to pick up the pieces—with steel hooks. The story is told in alternating chapters by Lucius (Crazy) and Aurora (Beautiful). Baratz-Logsted does a deft job of weaving the perspectives together to show events from both points of view. Lucius chooses a bus seat so as to be left alone and is immediately called "crip"; Aurora gets on the same bus, smiles at people, and hears a voice call "New girl! Come sit back here with us." It doesn't help that Lucius has an air of arrogance about him and has changed schools to find a new start. The author spends equal time on several plotlines: Lucius, the brilliant loner destructo-kid, his amusing sister and his dysfunctional family; Aurora and her newly widowed saintly father; Nick, the good-guy security guard with dreams of the NFL; a school play; a false accusation; and Cecelia and Jessup, the scheming spurned lovers. Resolving everything makes the final chapters feel rushed and too perfect. However, the pacing is energetic and the topics current. Readers who have outgrown MJ Auch's One-Handed Catch and aren't quite ready for Harriet McBryde Johnson's Accidents of Nature (both Holt, 2006) might enjoy Crazy Beautiful.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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"The story is told in alternating chapters...Baratz-Logsted does a deft job of weaving the perspectives together to show events from both points of view ...the pacing is energetic and the topics current." - School Library Journal
Top customer reviews
Both are attending a new high school and it's their first day. Lucius stands out because he has hooks for hands. His hands were blown off in an exposition of his own making. Since the explosion destroyed his family's home, they were forced to move. Students remember reading about what happened and have labeled him as crazy.
Aurora's mother has died of cancer. She and her dad needed to relocate and start over. When she meets Lucius, they connect on a deeper level, one that neither can understand. The set up of the story is beyond magical. It's a very short story and if I could make but one recommendation, it would be to read the book in one sitting if possible. This was a book I didn't want to put down, not until the last page was read.
Everything about this book drew me in. The premise sounded different from what I've usually read, the cover hints of romance; which is another reason for me wanting to check Crazy Beautiful out. Though I was a little concerned that I may not like it due to the wide range in reviews on this book; some seem to like while other did not. Let me just say, decided for yourself, because I rather enjoyed this book compared to other reviewers. Many say this book is a reminder of the classic "Beauty and the Beast." Sorry, I just don't agree. Lucius is crazy or should I say, was crazy but never did I feel like he was ugly or a beast. Nor did he hold anyone captive until they fell in love with him. I just did not see the resemblance.
Since this story is told from Lucius and Aurora points of view, you get to actually get inside their heads and see and feel their emotions and reasoning. I felt the story is more about Lucius dealing with the aftermath of the stupid decision he made that caused him to get his hands blown off. Hook for hands instead of prosthetic was more a choice on his part as a punishment given to himself to scare people away from him. No one really looked at Lucius before he lost his hand. He was the kid getting pushed around, tripped, shoved into the lockers at school. Now that his hands are gone, all anyone can see of him are his hooks first and never the real human being Lucius really is.
Aurora is suffering too and for an entirely different reason. She is sweet, kind and has always been taught to like a person first until they do something to you that gives you a reason not to like you. This makes Aurora a very likable all-around good person and I loved her! When she meets Lucius, she sees Lucius first and not his hook...thus starting the connection between the two.
The story was face paced, descriptive and well written. My only complaint is that just when the story was over, I wanted it to keep going. Sure this story could have been more but I was satisfied and I think if you're looking for a different, quick read with a good story; pick this book up and see what you think!
Most recent customer reviews
I would not suggest this book.