Book Review: The Problem with Crazy

The Problem with Crazy (Crazy in Love #1) by Lauren K. McKellar: 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.

Julie's thoughts: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The “Problem with Crazy” is book one in Lauren McKellar’s Crazy in Love series and the first of her books I’ve ever read. It is also the hardest book I’ve had to review in a long time. I can’t decide how high I want to rate it. I loved it to a point. Then, I hated it and Ms. McKellar. Seriously, I was so angry, I couldn’t feel the overwhelming sadness that I was supposed to feel…and that made me angrier. Halfway or so into the book, I KNEW what was coming. Without reading a single review, I knew what was going to happen, knew I was going to hate it, but the story was SOOOOOOO good. I read, praying I was wrong and that Ms. McKellar wasn’t the evil author I knew she was going to be. I couldn’t help myself. The thing is, I felt it was so unnecessary. Everyone in the story was already dealing with so many sad, depressing issues. I felt that this last thing was a dump of crappier crappiness that life dealt everyone. I skimmed the rest of the chapter until I got to the next part of the story, where everyone was trying to move forward. At that point, I was able to read again, but I didn’t fall into the rest of the story like I did the first ~80%. Yet, even now, I’m pissed off. If the story made me feel that strongly, does it deserve a higher rating?

Outside of the unnecessary thing from above, I really did love the story. It wasn’t a light, easy read, but I felt (for the most part) it was real. The main character, Kate (18) and her mom are dealing with a lot. I read some of the reviews last night (to see if anyone else was as pissed as I was; they weren’t), and some felt that Kate was immature and selfish, but I felt as if her actions and thought process regarding her dad and his illness were very believable. She was selfish and immature at times, exactly like most teenagers would be, especially considering her dad had walked out on them the year before, and more recently, came to her high school graduation drunk. Finding out why someone does something doesn’t make you instantly change your perception and feelings.

In the end, I’m going with four hearts. Any book that can ruin my birthday, making me cry myself to sleep, was written by an author who knows how to draw a reader in. I have the second book in the series, and I’m scared to read it. I don’t want my heart to break again, but I do want to fall in love with characters. So, I’ll start it tonight.

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