Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Review: Crazy by Amy Reed

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publish Date: June 12, 2012
Hardcover, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781442413474

My Review:
When this book started I didn't know what I was going to think about it. The language is a little rough. The characters a little rough around the edges. But then I began to get to know Connor and Izzy and connect to them. Connor has his loving life with his caring mother, but he's in love with Izzy who's not in love with him. Izzy in her life where it seems no one loves her at least by the way she tells it. They are different and yet they are the same, they are two teenagers trying to feel their way through life through mistakes and leaning on each other. Connor needs Izzy and Izzy needs Connor even when they think they don't. It's not the healthiest relationship, but it's there for both of them and it's interesting to watch.

This book is not for the younger aged young adults. As I mentioned, the language can get rough, but it's there with a purpose. These are not perfect teenagers living perfect lives. The book serves as a book that teens everywhere can relate to. Not everyone has a perfect life and some, like Izzy, do need help and they need friends like Connor to see that when others closer to them do not.

Crazy is amazing, I could not put it down. I am a big fan of books in the format of emails and messages. I find them an interesting way to read a book. So I loved this. I love the way that Connor and Izzy talk back and forth to each other. Their honesty and dishonesty, and just they way they share with each other. There is so much to this book and yet I don't want to give anything away. It is a must-read, but carve out some time, because once you get into this one you won't want to put it down. I was enthralled by the book. It's kind of like a train wreck, you just can't look away. And I mean that in a good way, the writing is excellent, it's the story that is the train wreck, because it's a tough one, but I like the tough ones. I like the light ones too, but I enjoyed Crazy. It's real, it's honest and it's a book that should be read by adults and teens alike.

My rating: 5.0/5.0

About Crazy:

CrazyHe’s falling in love—and she’s falling over the edge of sanity. From the author of Beautiful and Clean, a heartwrenching exploration of a romance marred by mental illness.

Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he’s fallen for her. But somehow he’s been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and become her closest confidante. But the closer they get, the more Connor realizes that Izzy’s highs are too high and her lows are too low. And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker place.

As Izzy’s behavior gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasingly desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can’t save her from her pain... but what if no one else can?

***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***