Author: Linda Vigen Phillips
Published: October 20, 2014
Rating: 4/5 stars
Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960’s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance. But she’s carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from a mental illness.
No one in Laura’s family will talk about her mother’s past hospitalizations or increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. She finds some solace in art, but when her mother, also an artist, suffers a breakdown, Laura fears that she will follow in her mother’s footsteps. Left without a refuge, can she find the courage to face what scares her most?
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‘Crazy’ was a very interesting book to read, and that’s not just because it’s written entirely in verse. It follows the life of a girl, just 15, named Laura who has to deal with the overwhelming presence of her mother’s mental illness. She is terrified that she will end up like her, so she drags her own happiness into the dirt to watch herself for symptoms. It is especially difficult for her and her family because they are living in a time when mental illnesses are very poorly understood. It would have been a great story even without the verse which served to make it even better than it may have been and twice as memorable. Not to mention, despite her dealings with her mother’s illness, this book makes it clear that Laura, and others like her, are not so different from everyone else as some books would have us believe. It’s the kind of novel that really not only makes you think, but also feel. Not to mention, the characters are very interesting and their lives and interactions engaged me greatly. This is definitely something worth reading and I recommend it to both lovers of realistic fiction and those who are unsure about the genre!