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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...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Well, this one did a pretty good job of making me a wreck. Talk about an intense, completely realistic and painfully honest look at bipolar disorder. It hit way close to home on a number of levels.

Connor and Isabel met at camp, and they continued their close friendship via email after it ended. Connor and Isabel's relationship is loving and destructive. They're very close and very far apart, and each of their emails to one another gives both of these sides. They abuse each other and they apo...more
Laura Newcombe
I’ve always loved contemporary, sometimes even more than I love any other genre. There was a time, however, when I almost gave up reading it completely. I needed more from it – a depth, intelligence and seriousness that I could only find in science fiction. I searched high and low for a contemporary that would deliver; something that would blow my mind, keep me up until the single digit hours of morning and that I would think about long after I’d turned the last page. Then I finally found it whe...more
Note: I received this as an ARC from S&S Galley Grab.

Initial reaction: Another book that kept me up to the wee hours of the morning to read through. It was worth every moment. I loved the story, even if there were parts of the story that I didn't care for. That may not make sense in my sleep deprived brain. I'll try to explain it more tomorrow.

Full Review:

"Crazy" is the first book I've ever read from Amy Reed, and what a story to start out with. For such a difficult subject matter, this boo...more
This book hit so close to home I can't imagine NOT reviewing it. 4.5 stars and a definite reread.

Review to come.

Before Reading:

For some reason, this book sounds like it describes every single relationship I've been in.

To-read? Check.
This book did a number on me. So it's about Connor and it's about Izzy and it's about this THING between the two of them. It's about mutual destruction, budding love, caring, misunderstandings, understanding, mental illness, worry, and hope.

And when you read a book that is, essentially YourLife.txt, it becomes hard to objectively review it. There are a number of passages in this book that are put so perfectly, that hit so close, so hard, that I had to put the book in my freezer for a while.

Diane Ferbrache
Isabel (Izzy) and Connor met at summer camp where they were counselors. They struck up a friendship that continued when they returned to their homes -- Bainbridge Island (Connor) and Seattle's Capitol Hill. Although Puget Sound separates them e-mail keeps their relationship alive. Told in alternating messages, the reader learns of their growing relationship and of Izzy's descent into mental illness.

Within the first 12 pages, there's a lot of profanity and a very clear (although not graphic)and d...more
My god, what an amazing book. I loved Beautiful and Clean, and I think I like Crazy the best so far (although I'm the kind of person who's favourite book is whatever they just finished, so that isn't the most reliable opinion). I finished it within a day (mostly during class...whoops), because it was amazing and addicting and insane and beautiful. It was good at the beginning, but it didn't get exciting and crazy for me until the middle/end. You read it, and it's good, and I just ha...more
When this book started I didn't know what I was going to think about it. The language is a little rough. The characters a little rough around the edges. But then I began to get to know Connor and Izzy and connect to them. Connor has his loving life with his caring mother, but he's in love with Izzy who's not in love with him. Izzy in her life where it seems no one loves her at least by the way she tells it. They are different and yet they are the same, they are two teenagers trying to feel their...more
Apr 14, 2012 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Crazy is written almost entirely in emails and IM messages, which I didn't know before starting this book. And I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's an original idea, and it gives us a unique insight into Connor and Izzy's relationship. I was worried this format would mean we wouldn't get to know the characters enough in how they really think, since we don't know whether they're being honest or whether they're telling the other person everything. But that part works pretty well - Connor and I...more
My favorite quote in the book:

'There is something I believe in very deeply. Some people have Jesus. I have English. Here is one more reason I hate phones, specifically cell phones: texting. Sure, it seems convenient, but it is destroying the English language. I refuse to write in text speak. You will never read an LOL or ROTFL or WTF from me. NEVER! Our forepeople didn't work for thousands of years creating this eloquent tool of expression only to have it rolled in the technological mud by a bun...more
Meeeeeeeh. It was so disappointing.
First off, I didn't know the whole book was written in e-mails and it really bothered me, as soon as I started reading. It felt weird and artificial and kinda childish. And unfortunately, the characters didn't help.
The major problem I had with this book was characterization. John Green, anyone? The guy, Connor, is soft, innocent, funny, nice, calm, responsible (and he even has a loser sidekick!) Btw, Connor's compared to Michael Cera in the book, and that's to...more
Melissa Jackson
Expected release date: June 12th, 2012
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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-destr...more
Sandy Shen
Mar 20, 2013 Sandy Shen rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ANYONE! THE WORLD. Except Voldie. He doesn't deserve this awesomeness.
Rating: 4.99 stars. 5 stars!
Amy Reed's writing was so raw, vulnerable, and naked. The truth is outside, but authors tend to jsut skirt on it's edges and write a place to escape where characters can be brave and smart and true and false. Crazy is about a girl named Izy who's living on the edge, who's emailing a boy named Connor who's trapped on an island. *Sigh.* If only that were real in life. Izy is hilarious, true, and at times, breathtaking. She knows the right words to sa...more
Magenta Niccals
Where do I begin with my utter distaste for this book?!
Why did I attempt to read Amy Reed after my horrible experience with Beautiful? In all honesty, I blame my own stupidity for trying. Reed seems to believe that she understands the teenage struggle and the changes kids go through during these Strike that. Reed completely understands what it's like to be a teenager. She sees teens for exactly what they are: egotistical, confused, moralistic roller coasters, and good at making moun...more
It's the first and only book so far that I've read by Amy Reed. However, it's definitely gotten me more interested in reading her work.
Someone who has experienced mental illnesses and instability secondhand, it was a great book to read for the two characters were very realistic. The mental instability did not define them and that's what this showed, with the beginnings of the book where they just talk about normal teenager things.
Sex, relationships, love, university-they're all very normal and...more
Jenna Owens
Connor and Isabel met at summer camp, and I'm really wishing they hadn't so that this story wouldn't have to exist.
Let me summarize their relationship for you:
Connor: "Hey Isabel, how are you?"
Isabel: "Oh my god I'm totally wonderful! Except for oh my god my parents suck and my sister and brother never talk to me and this guy I'm sleeping with doesn't care about me and blah blah blah blah."
Connor: "Oh man that sucks Isabel. Do you wanna know how I'm doing?"
Isabel: "How YOU'RE doing? Why would I...more
Dana Sitar
Another great read from this author :) Amy Reed continues to utilize unexpected techniques for drawing the reader inside of her characters' heads -- always at once a hopeful, scary, emotional, and exciting place to be!

The format of this book -- email correspondence -- likely posed a big challenge to the author in telling the story properly, but she mastered it.
Michelle Arrow
I'm not going to lie, this was a suicidal/chick-lit/romance novel. You'd think that it's just a contemporary book, but its meaning and the romance goes way farther than that. I mean, it could happen in reality, but the genre was way farther out.
Amy Reed is a spectacular writer. Writing through emails is something difficult to do, especially because you can't give out all of the details through one email. She knew exactly when to add something in, and you'd end up shocked because of the outcome.
I have heard nothing but fantastic reception when it comes to Amy Reed's books. So I was pretty psyched when I FINALLY got my hands on one. The synopsis was intriguing, too. Teen issues are one of my favorites to read about.

I'm typically not a big fan of books that use letters between characters to communicate, but after finishing this, I'm not sure it would have worked without them. Reed did an excellent job building a story and relationships through the e-mails. As I was reading, this played...more
Jessica B
Original review

So before I start this review, can I get a WHAT WHAT for books about mental illness? Thank you. Now we may move on.

I hadn't heard much about Crazy, so my expectations for the novel were fairly low. However, after I finished it I immediately wondered why I hadn't heard more about it. I gobbled this one up and I have a good feeling that this story and these characters will be staying with me for a while.

Towards the beginning of the novel, Izzy seemed like your average manic pixie dr...more
There is no way I’m going to manage to be rational about this book. There isn’t. Like Izzy, I have (undiagnosed) bipolar disorder or, at the very least, cyclothymia. I’ve probably always had it, but it hasn’t been until the last few years where it’s become truly noticeable and an actual problem. Like Izzy, I go through spells where I’m so manic that I have trouble sleeping and can go for hours focusing on one specific thing. Then I crash into a depressive episode where I have trouble even gettin...more
Brandi Kosiner
Crazy deal with important and sensitive material, and as usual I think that Amy Reed writes about it with class, while still fleshing out the characters, making them realistic. This book is gritty at times, definitely keeping it real.
One important thing that I didn't know before reading--Crazy is written in emails and instant messages. Honestly, I don't know if I would have picked it up if I knew that, but I would have missed out. It isn't like prose, which doesn't do it for me, but it is sti...more
Jan 06, 2013 Joli added it

Amy Reed's third novel Crazy is by far my favorite of her books. Connor and Izzy meet during the summer while working at a kid’s camp and when they return to their homes not far from each other, but separated from a body of water, they decide to keep in touch. Through a series of emails, IM's and a few journal entries (because Izzy WILL NOT talk on the telephone), we see how their friendship continues to grow. It is clear from almost the very beginning that Connor loves Izzy even when he asks he...more
I have been a fan of Amy Reed's work for a long long time. Ever since I bought Beautiful, I have been in love with her writing. The voice the narrator has is always so lifelike, it's like you're reading someone's journal or you can actually picture the person talking to you. And the subject matter is always something I'm very interested in reading.

Crazy did not make me cry. But it did make me emotional. Here we have a boy who is so infatuated, so in love with this wonderful image of a girl he me...more
Okay, so if you're at all familiar with my blog, you'll know this book must have been hand picked for me!
Bipolar disease runs in my family with three out of the four of us having it in my immediate family. I could relate to Izzy so well, Amy Reed could have interviewed me. I was always "too sensitive" or "everyone else feels that way too." When you've never known normal, how do you know you're sick?

My first impression of this book was that it was a great snapshot into showing the highs and lows...more
If you’ve been around me at all lately, you’ve probably heard me mention Amy Reed at least a few times. This woman is an amazing author. She doesn’t hold back and writes with an intensity and honesty that is rarely seen. She’s probably one of my favorite authors, so when I saw this book come out, I knew I needed it immediately. Crazy was so good that I devoured it in two days.

Crazy is written in a series of emails between two teenagers, Connor and Isabel/Izzy, who met at summer camp. At first, I...more
This book was a tight read. I'd checked out some of the reviews that included a synopsis of what to expect. And, most are true to that. What I'd add, is that I didn't expect the level of crazy (Isabel's mental issues) to reach the level they did. Kudos to Amy Reed to capturing a glimpse of the enormity of mental issues and the effects on those affected.

This book left me with some quotes I admired.

"Our forepeople didn't work for thousands of years creating this eloquent technological mud by a bun...more
This book was pretty average. Although I understand the reason for presenting the novel in the format of emails between the characters I think that it limited character interaction and therefore the plot and character development. The fact that there are only two main characters highlights these issues. Despite these criticisms this book wasn't awful or hard to read, it just achieved less than it could have.

By far my favourite part of the book was pages 214- 217 where it mentions singer P!nk (I...more
Hard-hitting and edgy YA books have always been what I gravitate too. Tough issues, especially mental illness has always intrigued me and i'll read any book with characters that deal with any type of mental illness. I read clean by Amy Reed last year and loved it, and this one was no exception. I also have Beautiful by Amy Reed sitting on my ever-growing TBR pile and i'm hoping to get to it sometime soon.

I loved the set-up of this book in the way that it was all emails and im's I think it gave a...more
2.5 stars.
One moment she’s up, the next she’s down.

I really should pull myself away from all these dark contemporary novels. The ones with scary themes and main characters in spiralling downfalls. But I can’t because I want to know these kinds of things. The world isn’t just fluff, sparkles and rainbows. There are dark sides, pathways looming with shadows and, if I have knowledge of them, I will be less likely to walk down them.

“You never heard me tell you that I want everything, not just the p...more
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Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually gra...more
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