Crazy - Amy Reed | Book Review

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Pages: 384 hardcover
Publication date: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Simone Pulse
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  4 out of 5


He'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?


This is a contemporary story about a boy, Conner and a girl, Isabel who meet during the summer at a summer camp. They don't live too far from each other but Isabel never wanted to follow through in going to see Conner, which frustrates him but doesn't want to lose touch with Isabel... So, he lets her break their plans and forgives her every time she freaks because Conner is trying to help Isabel.

The entire book is formatted in emails and instant messages. We get to learn about the characters and their story while they're writing back and forth to each other. We learn that Isabel flips from normal to freak out very quickly. She also gets really sad and low because she only sees her boyfriend who's in a band a couple of times a month and because of her family issues.

The first thing you attach from the title and how the story goes is that Isabel is crazy, she might have some form of mental disorder since she keeps going back and forth about everything. About how she feels and how she views the world from one day to another. 

The story unravels very nicely and I really enjoyed how the entire book was formatted. The reader gets to see the time and date of when they would get back to each other and the communication between both characters, you can tell they got really close when they were at summer camp. They would talk about a lot and poor Conner, since the beginning of the book, has been in love with Isabel from the beginning.

A couple of things I had issues about where that Isabel mentions that she's 18 years old in one of the emails so, we can say that she was technically 17 during the summer. Isn't that too old to go to summer camp? I started to think maybe they were counselors but they also mention that there was a certain area that the camp counselors would smoke but got caught. Seeing that they were actually not counselors. Another thing was that Isabel would throw childish tantrums for an 18-year-old. Like when she ripped all of her mothers' documents, I think 18 is too old to be doing something like that but then again... She does have a mental disorder so it does explain why she would be acting that way.

I liked the ending, I won't say why because it'll take some suspense away while reading this book.

Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed this book and I kept wanting to know what happened next! I read this in about a day and I think if you enjoy YA contemporary/romance with psychological issues to pick this up.


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