Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy ... or "crazy" crazy--like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio." Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn't be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend's band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot--and that's before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death. A mystery illness that she could inherit. Kate has to convince everyone around her that her father is sick, not crazy. But who will be harder to convince? Her friends? Or herself? The Problem With Crazy "is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.
Hello everyone! I can't believe Bout of Books is already over! I'm formatting my wrap-up so it'll be up sometime this week for sure! I am participating in the release book tour for Eleven Weeks which is the sequel to The Problem with Crazy following Kate's best friend Stacey. XpressoBook Tours was kind enough to send both books so I was able to read Kate's story and let me just say that was one heck of an emotional ride! With that said, let's get into the review!!
The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. Kate has everything planned out for the summer. After graduation, Kate's going to go on tour with her boyfriend and his rock band. She's going to get some well deserved R&R. Everything was going perfectly until her father showed up at graduation. Her father abandoned the family one day, walking out and never returning. Now she finds out that he left out of fear, fear of what his disease will do the family, but he's getting worse and has no where else to turn to. As if things couldn't get worse, Kate finds out that the disease is hereditary too, which means she has a 50-50 shot at getting it.
I absolutely adored this book! I started reading it on Saturday night as a last attempt to start something before the end of Bout of Books and it took a lot of effort for me to put it down so I could sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I started reading again and didn't stop until I had finished the book. I don't want to draw any parallels to any other books, but it's got that heart wrenching emotion that just tears you apart as you frantically turn the pages. The Problem with Crazy has the perfect amount of happy and sad that just keeps you engaged through the entire book.
Kate was such a real character. She wasn't perfected, but full of flaws that just made her seem more like an actual person. She feels so frustrated with everything that happens, but she still takes everything in stride. You can feel her embarrassment at her father when she takes him out, but she still does it! She struggled throughout the book and has been through so much, but she pushed through and to say that she grew so much as a character is an understatement.
While I loved Kate, nothing compares to my feelings for Lachlan. I think I may have found my first book crush of 2015! He's so sweet and carefree, not letting the troubles of the world hold him down. He shows Kate how to experience life, the beauty of firsts (not that type of firsts...), and hope despite all the crap that life has thrown her way: she still has a will to live. He's a beautiful, talented human and I would give so much to get to meet him in real life and go on an adventure together. His character is really eye opening and just one of the best people ever.
Other characters I must mention are Stacey, Johnny, and Michael. They are the perfect support for Kate and Lachlan throughout the story. I'm so excited to follow Stacey's story in Eleven Weeks and I am itching to find out more about her relationship with Michael. Life has definitely dealt Johnny a hard hand of cards, but he manages to push through and I really hope that he gets someone in the end to call family; someone that will bring light back into his life. And of course, Dave. Dave is Kate's a**hole of an ex-boyfriend. He's horrible and a jerk and that's all I have to say.
The story if full of meaning and personally, I think it'd be a great movie. It follows the struggles of the mysterious disease which is real, raw, and at the same time beautiful. Kate learns to accept crazy and that sometimes, crazy can become something good. I highly highly recommend this book!!
4.5 out of 5 stars