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Crazy Enough: A Memoir

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  792 ratings  ·  120 reviews
“Like some twisted love child of Mae West and Keith Richards, Storm Large is a force of nature. Her ballsy, heartbreaking, hysterical, tour de force of a memoir is not to be missed. Crazy Enough is vulgar and fragile, tragic and empowering, and like Storm, it is always entertaining” (Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick and The N ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Free Press (first published January 10th 2012)
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Michelle Wight
I picked this book up on a whim at St. Vinny's the other day. Previously, I had never heard the name Storm Large, and now I'm wondering where she has been all my life! I was initially attracted to this book simply because of the cover: oooh, another weird girl memoir! I am an absolute sucker for girls with attitude... and she delivers.

What glued me to this book is the way in which somehow, Storm and I are not all that different but also complete opposite people. I grew up to be a 6'2" chubby ou

I am a polar opposite of Storm Large. I had a happy childhood with two stable, loving parents who were always there for me. I am happily married with three children and have never been promiscous or used drugs. Yet I love Storm Large, as you can see by the multiple posts about her on my main blog.

After seeing Storm's show, "Crazy Enough," twice at Portland Center Stage and purchasing the show CD, as soon as I read she was writing a book I put it on hold a
I already knew Large was a knock-your-socks-off vocalist (I was motivated to read her memoir after hearing her front for Pink Martini). I had only a vague awareness of her fame as an oversexed, raunchy, reality-TV star with a cult following in her adopted hometown of Pdx. I did not know that she also possesses great writing chops, which are quite evident in her guilt- and anger-tinged tale of growing up in a house with a (literally) crazy mom and a doctor's prognosis that the same mental health ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The faint of heart. Oh, wait, no...
Recommended to Alan by: Local color, and a name to be reckoned with
Here is the child-friendly synopsis: Auntie Stormy was a big loud silly pants who did some highly goofy and not smart things, but is now, mostly, a nice person. The end.
—"Thank You," p.265
And since Storm Large is not child-friendly, least of all to herself... here, from slightly earlier in Crazy Enough, is the synopsis for the rest of us:
The photographer told me, "Storm, you are so beautiful, your skin, your body, your mouth; the thing is, you kinda make our dicks look small."
Storm Large d
I know, I know. This is some super indulgent reading, which I kind of needed. It's an unequivocal case of schadenfreude. It was entertaining to say the least and a reminder that as crazy as I may think my parents might be, the grass is more often trampled on the other side. I am a total sucker for memoirs involving mental illness, drugs and general indecency.
I lovelovelove Storm Large and listen to "Ladylike" when I want/need to feel particularly badass.

I feel lucky to have seen her in several different settings: a surprise guest on Live Wire singing
"Puff the Magic Dragon" with Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary; in Cabaret, in her one-woman show, blowing the doors off a small venue with The Balls. and singing with Pink Martini(and if she can get through those shows without dropping the F-bomb, there is hope for me).

After seeing her one-woman show,I wa
I actually liked this more than I expected. My mom grew up with a mother who was in & out of mental hospitals through her childhood & adult life, and so I related to how it is challenging for children to understand & how they have to survive on their own(and it has made me sympathetic to things my mom does that sometimes drives me crazy). My mom didn't become a rock star or go through heroin addiction, so not exactly the same.

I've actually never seen Storm Large perform, despite the
Exactly what I needed right now. Somewhat shamefully, my only experience with Storm as a Portlander for 17 years was when she sang on a booze cruise at a friend's Christmas party. But she sang The Star Spangled Banner, to the music of Pusher Man, in a Jessica Rabbit dress. So, really, I've always thought she fuckin' rocked. Great story. I love a tale of someone who's always up for it, whatever it happens to be.
Don Sommers
I just love her perspective and attitude, and she brings it. I was lucky enough to see her live stage show of the same name in Portland, so was interested in seeing how she fleshed out in a book what couldn't be contained in an evening with songs. There's lots more detail about her history with her mentally ill mother, but it was the stuff about her father especially, and all he went through with his kids, that was heartbreaking. The kinds of emotions she describes about her relationship to her ...more
Having seen Storm perform live several times, including in her one-woman show, reading Crazy Enough felt like I imagine a long conversation with her would be: Fast paced, colorful, profane, funny and sad. I read this memoir at the same time I was listening on CD to Wild, a book I read last year. Interesting that both of these Portland-based artists experienced great suffering because of their mothers -- Cheryl because her mother died and Storm because her mother lived - and both coped with those ...more
I have enormous respect for Storm Large. I think what she has overcome and her attitude toward life is admirable. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought. It was nice to have a little more insight into her background, but her show Crazy is fantastic. I think her public performance of her life was well done so found myself making references to it often while reading the book.
Versatile lead singer, rocker, and glamorous chanteuse Storm Large's frank, confessional memoir, Crazy Enough, featuring angry tales of coping with her mother's mental illness and manipulation and her own self-medicating addictions and reckless habits, starting in childhood, took me way out of my comfort zone. That's a good thing. Knowing that she's now a transcendent stage and club performer, using her huge voice and stage presence to the fullest, is what makes these sordid stories of her dista ...more
Loved this. Not *quite* as engaging as her one-woman show, but fantastic nonetheless. I love that she pulls no punches and does not seem to spin anything to put herself in a better light. It felt honest and was alternately funny, scary, sad, and fascinating.
Katrina Bell
I became a Storm fan this weekend. As I was finishing the book, I listened to her interview Betty Levette at Wordstock and sing at Livewire. What a woman. Imagine if Mitt opened up his "binder" and found Storm Large. :)
Vicki Jaeger
I discovered Storm during Rock Star: Supernova, like a good deal of the U.S. did. I loved her fearlessness, her voice, and her rock star presence. I've followed her a bit since, and have listened to her music and read interviews, so thought I'd take a dip into her memoir. It's definitely written in her voice, and I can hear her reading it aloud. Such a crazy, screwed up, wild life she's had. It made me hurt for her a bit, and understand her lyrics and stage persona quite a bit more. I do wish sh ...more
Matthew L.
What a lovely bon-bon of book. Not to diminish the real happenings in Storm's life, but it is a delicious, quick read about a fascinating person in the upper tiers of post millennial American DIY rock.

I suppose I was doubly interested in what made SL the woman she is today having had the opportunity to open for her in the mid-2000s at Dante's in Portland. (Unfortunatley photo tech wasn't as sophisticated as it is today and the pic I have of her biting my nipple is nearly too blurry to see!) I a
I saw Storm's one woman show of the same name a number of years ago, and have been a fan ever since. She is loud, large and beautiful. Her voice and her heart knock me over. Even if you have seen the show, or heard its soundtrack (recommended), this book goes a little deeper and a little farther in the description of her journey to heal the pain around her mother's mental illness and her own addications, Painful at times to witness the bad choices along the way, and though her way of life is not ...more
Stefan Percy
Have had this book on my "To Read" list since I first heard about. Now, three years later, and I finally was able to crack it open and give it a read. I have been a fan of Storm Large since I first heard her perform on Rock Star: Supernova back in 2006. Not only does she have an amazing stage presence and pin-up model good looks, this woman can sing... well!

I cannot say that I was at all bored with this book. If fact, there were more than a few times where I had to force myself to stop reading s
I generally do not like non-fiction. It's never been interesting to me. Every now and then I will pick up an autobiography or memoir if I really like the person or the hype is that good. I can count on one hand how many I have read. most I didn't finish because I got bored. I saw Storm Large had written her memoirs in a book called Crazy Enough, so I bought it last year. I had silence at work on Monday with no TV or internet so I read. and I read. and I read. I hated to put it down. She has an i ...more
I enjoyed the second half of this book, which focuses on Storm's adulthood, much more than the first half of the book, which deals with her childhood. In the first half, she talks about being a hypersexual child and feeling very sensitive--maybe too sensitive--and wayward. As bad as things get for Storm and her family, Storm doesn't wallow in self-pity. While she deals with many sad and painful things in her book, she manages to stay open and engaging--a huge accomplishment. I would not recommen ...more
Sheryl Sorrentino
I found this memoir entertaining and enjoyable on so many levels, not the least of which was just how much courage it must have taken Storm Large to offer such an up-close-and-personal public glimpse into her life. I guess my own book, "Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz," might have looked something like this had I written it as a memoir instead of a novel (I blog on this very topic at But getting back to Ms. Large: She wrote a gr ...more

Review - book - I first saw Storm when she was in Flower SF and opened for Spokepoker's final show. I also had some great photos of the band from a performance at the bandshell in Golden Gate park as well as featured various incantations/incarnations of Storm over the years on my podcast (insert cheap plug for here). This book for me is such a durable delivery of heart, mind and soul, it is comparable to works of fiction that now seem less fantastical.

I inhaled this book in t
Tufty McTavish
I first discovered Storm Large via the MTV music-based reality TV show Rock Star: Supernova. She was amongst a handful of performers that really stood out from the crowd, enough that I've bought some CDs over the years. Learning she had a memoir coming out I decided I was interested enough to check it out, especially as I've been reading quite a number of such books lately.

Storm's led a rough life for the most part and the book covers that in quite intimate detail. More time is spent on the earl
Veronica Gutierrez
Storm Large is a presence; on stage, in person, and especially between the pages of this book. I don't see anyone coming away from this story unscathed. Yes, her life has been unorthodox, but that isn't what makes this a gripping memoir.

Storm willingly gives of herself, openly and honestly. It's touching, yet uncomfortable at times. You can' help feeling devastated with her, and ultimately triumphant.

She's too much, yet I can't get enough of this wonderful soul.

Okay. Just finished the first page and I love it already. I'm in the mood for no holds barred humor telling it like it is.
"Right around Halloween, a big chilly sog plops its fat ass over the Pacific Northwest and stays parked until Independence Day." If you live here you can relate. I'm relating.
After finishing, I'm impressed with her willingness to be an "open book" with every aspect of her life and introspection. Raw? In your face? Humorous? Hyper-emotional? Hugely seeking her own audience? Y
I wish there had been just a little bit more depth. Storm shares how her mother's mental illness shaped her life, and led her on a rather sloppy path of self-destruction. Ultimately she concludes that "music" saved her, because being "crazy" (and also using drugs/alcohol) is not such a big problem if you have an appropriate creative outlet. (I know I'm oversimplifying, but I guess I was kind of expecting an "overcoming addiction/mental illness" story, and the rather abrupt conclusion fell flat f ...more
This was a quick, absorbing read. I started and finished it, cover to cover, on a six-hour plane ride and found it fun and entertaining as well as thought-provoking. As long as you can ignore that "this is interesting purely because I'm so special" (and "I'm writing a memoir as another way of capitalizing on my reality TV gig") thing, I think you'll enjoy it, too!
Leadis Jarvis
I found this book title through a magazine review and thought I'd give it a shot.


Storm Large's (real name) biggest claim to fame is having been a contender on the reality show "RockStar: Supernova". Aside from that, I don't really know that she merits her any more recognition than any other author who writes an autobiographical account of growing up in dysfunction at the hands of a parent with mental illness. The author had her own fair share of tackling the usual suspects: addiction, homel
Tarah McCue
I remember watching Storm Large on Rock Star years ago. She was one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite contestant. She just didn't give a shit what people thought about her and she was crazy good. I was so excited that I came across this book, because I always loved her personality and she's just not exposed as much as she should be. Plus, mental illness is something that I can personally relate to, so it was great reading from someone else's point of view. This is such a heartbreaking ...more
A page turner, for sure. I already love the powerful performer that is, Storm Large. Her memoir, explicitly, describes where all of that power comes from. Well written, fascinating, and not for those with Victorian Sensibilities.
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