Reviewed by L. D. Lewis
Amy Reed’s books regularly draw on her own experiences with mental illness, and the authenticity exhibited in Crazy appears to have been no exception. Crazy tells the story of an emotionally embattled artist, Izzy, whose teenage angst is discovered to be the early and intense throes of bipolar disorder. The story is told primarily through her email correspondence with Connor, a young man she met during a gig they shared as summer camp counselors, and who gradually becomes infatuated with her. Both the portrayals of Connor and Izzy are important additions to the depiction of mental illness in YA. I would recommend it not only to young adults who need the representation, but to their parents who might be too quick to dismiss warning signs as common teenage issues. Continue reading.
Crazy by Amy Reed
Published by Simon Pulse on June 12th 2012
Genres: Disabilities, Teen Years
Reading Level: High School
Review Source: Disabilities in Kid Lit
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Publisher's Synopsis: 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?