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What Looks Like Crazy (Crazy #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  2,714 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Psychologist Kate Holly's own life has become the stuff of intensive therapy. She's divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband, she has an eccentric secretary, her mother and aunt have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard, and her psychiatrist ex-boyfriend won't stop calling to find out what color panties she's wearing. Now, Kate's being bombarded with myst ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 261 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Berkley (first published February 1st 2008)
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Jul 14, 2008 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Stephanie Plum and/or screwball comedy
Psychologist Kate Holly's life is anything but normal. Besides dealing with the craziest of certifiable clients, she is divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband, Jay, and his bone-melting blue eyes. Her eccentric secretary, Mona, is offering free manicures to new clients and planning all sorts of odd promotions as Kate's self-proclaimed publicist. Her mother and aunt erect a "vaguely sexual sculpture" in her front yard as a house-warming gift that nearly creates a riot with a local church. Kat ...more
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
What looks like crazy was more of a "comedy" rather than a mystery, which is what I was expecting based off of the blurb. It was quick to get through and easy to read, but I didn't love it. The biggest problem I had with the book was the fact that the main character Kate is a psychologist, but there are multiple references in the book to people in therapy being crazy/insane/mental cases, to the point where she says that suicidal patients never think about how their actions impact the people left ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
3 1/2 stars

What Looks Like Crazy is the first in a series about Dr. Kate Holly. She's a bit like Stephanie Plum--she attracts trouble. She's nearing the finality of her divorce to the love of her life, Jay. She can't stay married to him because his job is too dangerous and she worries too much. After months of no word from him, he's made an appearance in her life and she's more confused than ever.
On top of her divorce, her patients seem to be crazier than ever, her mother and aunt have given he
A cute, funny, quick read that was a perfect balance for my other heavier reads. I'm easily annoyed by novels with MCs named Kate or Katherine and Jack or Jake. So do I give Charlotte Hughes a pass for using Kate and Jay instead?

But the story is fast-paced and puts me in the mind of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series at times. With good reason too as they have co-authored a different series together: Jamie Swift & Max Holt. (Max, another one of those names).

If you like Janet Evanovich, you'l
Dec 05, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Evanovich Fans
Recommended to Jennifer by: Tammy
Katie Holly is a shrink who could use a little time on a couch herself. She is going through a divorce from her sexy firefighter husband. She has clients who are straight up NUTS. Her mother and her aunt (twin sisters) planted a statue in her front yard as a housewarming gift that has the whole neighborhood in an uproar. (It's an Adam and Eve statue - and that ain't no fig leaf!) And did I mention her horndog ex-boyfriend (also a shrink) is still in the picture? No wonder Katie is falling apart! ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Sheri rated it liked it
What Looks Like Crazy (Charlotte Hughes)
I liked this but did not love it. I was a bit disappointed. To me, the synopsis was not true to the story. It was more a comedy/drama than a murder mystery. I did find the characters likable, although not believable.

Kate Holly is a psychologist and she is in the midst of a divorce from her firefighter husband. She has an ex boyfriend who is in the mental health profession as well.n She is being threatened and her life is in danger. Could be anyone. A bit t
Georgiann Hennelly
Oct 10, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it liked it
Kate Holly is a Psychologist whose own life needs intensive therapy. She;s divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband Jay who is perfect. Her secretary is eccentric and lures clients wih promises of free manicures. Her mother and aunt are junk collectors who turn the junk into art and have erected a vaguely sexual sculpture in her front yard. Her ex boyfriend is a psychiatrist who refers patients to her in return for her telling him the color of the panities she is wearing that day. Kate is stru ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Apr 12, 2009 Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2009
This was a funny book about Kate, a therapist who probably needs counseling herself! She has wacky patients, a soon-to-be ex-husband that she still loves and an ex-lover that drives her batty. not to mention her mother and aunt who are junque dealers and Mona, her rich friend and receptionist that believes everything can be cured with shopping therapy.

This is the first in a series and the second is called Nutcase
Jun 03, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
#1 Kate Holly, psychologist (Romantic Comedy series)

Oooh, this is **so much fun!**. Lively, sparkly, highly entertaining ... Kate and her friends and clients are loveable, funny, endearing, outrageous ...

I laughed and giggled all the way through this book. What Looks Like Crazy is #1 in the Kate Holly series; #2 is Nutcase.

I tell ya, this book is just like eating ice cream ;-)

Rfsisk Sisk
Apr 04, 2015 Rfsisk Sisk rated it liked it
Funny and easy to read! Good camping read.
Anne Howe
Aug 29, 2016 Anne Howe rated it it was amazing
Light hearted fluff that makes one laugh out loud at crazy family antics, nutty neighbors and the often true not so well adjusted therapists.
Heather L
Nov 05, 2013 Heather L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun and clever read. It was funny, sad, warm and outrageous. I'm happy to have read it. I look forward to reading more of Hughes' work.
Oct 18, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
this is a 3.5. it's a cute fun airport or beach read for fans of early janet evanovich.
Feb 02, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
A few pieces were a bit slow but Charlotte's humor makes up for it.
May 30, 2017 Samantha rated it liked it
Brain Drain. Nothing thought provoking about this book. Just a super easy, quick, and enjoyable read.
Feb 21, 2017 Kush rated it liked it
Feb 15, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it
Quick, fun read!
Oct 13, 2016 Molly added it
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Mar 14, 2017 Karen rated it liked it
Good fluff
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 5/23/12: This was a lot better than I expected it to be! It was super cute. I really liked Kate Holly's character and all the wacky patients she sees. Even though she's going through the divorce with her (soon to be ex) husband Jay Rush, I'm totally for them getting back together! Kate's worried about his constant run-in with burning buildings (well, he IS a firefighter) and I think Charlotte Hughes wants everyone to root for them - She portrayed Jay as a great husband, someo ...more
Lori McD
3.5+ stars

Have to say that I was a bit anxious reading this book. Most spunky heroines are compared to Stephanie Plu in some form or fashion. But this aurthot worked with Janet E as a co-writer for awhile before venturing out on her own. Since I grew more than weary of the same-ol/same-ol with Stephanie P and her gang, I was concerned that this book woudl either be a blatant parody or have the same tired love triangles and so on that I couldn't wait to ditch.

Nope! Wrong! I was pleasantly su
Lene Andersen
Sep 21, 2016 Lene Andersen rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Never have I disliked a book this much this fast. I'll admit I only got to page 4, so maybe the remaining 250 pages are better, but I'm not sticking around to find out. I hate dnf-ing, but this is too awful to continue.

The opening scene is Kate on a rooftop with a man who is about to jump off and kill himself. Here my first problem came with this paragraph: "Someone who is depressed enough to take his own life generally does not give much thought as to how it will affect others."
Seriously? The
Aug 19, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it
Kate is a psychologist trained with deal with everyone's problems - it's when her own start getting out of hand that she's the one needing therapy. She's divorcing her gorgeous firefighter husband Jay even though she still loves him but she can't live with the fear that one day he won't come home.

Her eccentric secretary Mona Epps, who is also super rich, keeps coming up with all these wacky schemes to get more clients and thinks the solution to Kate's problems is sex - with her yummy husband, o
Aug 13, 2013 Shameera rated it really liked it
I loved the book, and it may be because it reminds me a little of the stephanie plum novels. I say this because jut like in those books Katie Holly seems to get in one ridiculous situation after another between dealing with a impending divorce, crazy relatives, noisy religious zealot as a neighbor,a stray dog, a best friend whose weathly and seems to be man hungry, a ex boyfriend who doesnt understand no means no and a whole host of patients with issues that cause one crazy situation after the n ...more
Mailis Viiand
I'd like to think that all psychiatrists out there don't pretend they are normal like Kate does, and then go on to give advice to patients who are just as nuts as they are themselves, but who are not as good at pretending otherwise.
I think this series is the drama version of Evanovich Plum series. Stephanie has both of her parents and although she worries about Joe, she usually doesn't cling to anyone or give unreasonable ultimatums and when something happens she usually picks herself up without
Apr 25, 2008 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I've really enjoyed Charlotte Hughes books in the past. But I think what I liked best were her very earliest which were a nice combination of mystery and romance. This one is trying too hard to include chick lit elements (wacky relatives, heroine ending up in embarrassing situations time after time, heroine avoiding dealing with her emotional issues). All of the forced elements aside, what bothered me most was the lightness of tone in dealing with her soon to be ended marriage. And when I realiz ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, romance
Everyone could use a little therapy, even psychologist Kate Holly. She is madly in love with her perfect husband and is dead set on divorcing him. (If that’s not a sign of mental illness, I don’t know what is!) Having failed Tact 101 and Political Correctness 100, Kate’s receptionist keeps things light with her comments regarding the “nutso” patients, and her unusual marketing strategies (a free manicure for new clients). We get to sit in on Kate’s sessions and there is a genuine feeling of cari ...more
May 18, 2011 Loreta rated it liked it
This is first book in the Kate Holly series. Kate is a Psychologist and has the wackies patients there could ever be. It is a stressful job and downright dangerous. Her stress level is caused not only by her patients but by 1)her firefighter husband she loves but is divorcing because of her fear that he could be injured or killed on his job and 2)her mother and aunt, the Junk Sisters who have become somewhat famous for their designer "junque" of wall art and sculptures in demand by decorators.
Jun 26, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gina, Crystal
Shelves: chicklit
I found this to be a light and enjoyable read. Being a part of the mental health field and some one with anxiety issues I could appreciate the story. Charlotte tries to poke fun at the profession of counselling but at the same time keeping it respectful in terms of things that weren't acceptable like telling the receptionist not to refer the waiting room in the office as the asylum holding room. Also names like nutso, wingnut and other derogatory terms for persons with Mental health issues were ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Despite occasionally being tiresome and redundant, I have to confess that I am a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. They are just plain fun. I recently caught myself up in that series and found myself wanting more. After some time looking through recommendation on good ol' Google, I decided to see if Charlotte Hughes' Kate Holly books could fill the void left by Stephanie Plum. This first book was okay. I like the main character and the story wasn't bad. But, it didn't have that page ...more
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Charlotte Hughes published her first category romance in 1987, a Bantam Books’ Loveswept, titled Too Many Husbands, which immediately shot to #1 on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. She went on to write almost thirty books before the line closed in 1998.

Although Charlotte is widely known for her laugh-out-loud romantic comedies, she went on to pen three Maggie-Award winning thrillers for Avon Books
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