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Crazy (2012) is a young adult novel by Amy Reed. Published by Simon & Schuster.

What if I can’t ever be who you want me to be?

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?

My thoughts… Crazy is a realistic story of bipolar disorder, attempted suicide and unconditional love that is told entirely through e-mails, IMs, hand-written journal entries, and a brief inner monologue. However, despite this unique format, Izzy and Connor are, surprisingly, well-drawn. I read this book in one night not because of it’s a quick read but because I was riveted by those characters.

Read my original post on MHE (here) which includes my suggestions for a couple of songs that fit the story wonderfully well!

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