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Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.

Both heartbreaking and funny, Crazy liv
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Crazy ass book.
Crazy ass ride.
Crazy ass plot.
Crazy ass characters.
Crazy ass story.

This book was CRAZY.

If you want the perfect description of this book, then all you have to do is look at the title.
Not crazy in a bad way, really. The bad parts, weren't bad. They were so bad, that it was sooo good.
It sounds weird and maybe even funny. But there is so much more to the story. Its heartbreaking, tender, loving, injust, revealing.
It was all done and written in a way, that keeps you engaged, interested
Oh, this book. Is there a word for a book that breaks your heart into tiny, tiny pieces? My favorite book in all the world is a book like that. So is this one. And it did it in an entirely believable way.

So let's count the ways Han Nolan stomped on my heart. There's the main character, Jason. His mother has passed away, leaving him to take care of his father, who is seriously mentally ill, and getting worse. They're drowning under the medical bills left behind when Jason's mother died. And Jaso
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Oct 22, 2015 Heidi (Yup. Still here.) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heidi (Yup. Still here.) by: Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Ok I have thought about this for about a day and keep fluctuating back and forth from 4 to 5 stars for this book, but since it has stuck with me I will go with the higher rating. I was not sure about this book at first, I mean a boy who talks to imaginary friends seemed a little out there, but now that I read it I am glad I did. I work with teens who have parents with mental illness and I felt this was an acurate betrayal of the myriad of emotions they go through on a daily basis (guilt, love, a ...more
Fair warning: this review is entirely incoherent. I wouldn't be surprised if it made no sense at all to anyone.

I have no idea how to review this book. There's just no way that my thoughts can come together in a coherent manner. I'll just put it this way: this is the strongest emotional experience I've ever had in reading a book. It seems that my life and this book corresponded to create something horrifyingly sad, but also hopeful. That's the thing: this book is just as hopeful as it is sad. Bec
Wendy F
It's so hard to review some books. I'm just not sure what I can say to make people see what I see in certain books.

Crazy was... crazy, ha. Jason, the protag, was quirky and vulnerable. His battles hurt to read. I just wished as I was reading that if I could pray hard enough it would fix his life for him. That it would make his mom come back and his Dad's illness vanish. The descriptions of his father's mental illness, and his own internal struggles as he tried to cope felt so real. I just wanted
Rebecca McNutt
This book was unbelievably depressing, but it manages to find lots of humor as well. I was very surprised at how well it handled the topic.
CRAZY is one part funny and two parts sad.

But, overall an intense read which just so happens to be my kind of story. It’s one where the protagonist lives a messy life, and is not having an easy time of it up to the very last because the realizations were slow to take. Jason is a good kid, he loves his father but sometimes loves his father too much, because big things are placed on him all of which he takes it all on willingly, more often than not to his detriment.

A smart aleck too, it is in fa

Please please please go do me a favor and go read this book right now!! Go! If you've already read the book.... go read it again!!

Oh my gosh. Oh jeez. Oh my goodness. This book. I... I... wow.

Never have I read a book as crazy as Crazy before.
Never have I enjoyed a book like this as much as Crazy before.
Never have I been in love with a book like Crazy before.

It's.... it's crazy!!!

Okay. Let's see if I can get myself together here. Oh. After just finishing the book, I am blown away
Eva Leger
Sep 27, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eva by: ARC tour
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a
This is my first Han Nolan book although I think I have at least one other hanging around waiting to be read. I wasn't sure what to make of this at first and it took me until about halfway through to really get into it. That's not to say I didn't like it before that, I did. Jason is as likable as you can get. All of the characters are really.
I'm not at all knowledgeable in the subject of mental illness. I have no personal experience with it and I was a little anxious about how realistic this wo
Breanna Plach

What was the hardest thing you’ve had to go through and how did you recover from it?
Everybody’s been through difficult times where they felt like they’d never be okay again. The most important thing to remember from times like that is how you got better and how you recovered when you never thought you would.
Crazy by Han Nolan is a kind of fiction book that gives us an inspirational lesson on getting better and making changes to improve one’s quality of life.
The main character Jason, wants to
Like, crazy man. This little dude has voices in his head. He's even named them. One is Fat Bald Guy (a.k.a. FBG) who is like the theater accent-on-critic in the back row. One is Sexy Lady who keeps assuring the lad he's "hot." One is Aunt Bee. That's right -- that Aunt Bee -- who provides all manner of Mayberry nurturing and motherly reassurance. One is Crazy Glue, the punk who accidentally glued two fingers together. And one is familiar to all television viewers (er... listeners), Laugh Track. ...more
This is an amazing book from viewpoint of middle school boy whose mother has died and whose father is seriously mentally ill. In flashback we learn that Jason’s mother was the one who provided what emotional and physical stability there was in their family. Following her unexpected death Jason, at 15, feels responsible for taking care of and protecting his father from authorities who might separate

As the stress of the unreasonable position in which Jason finds himself mounts and his father
Brick Andreasen
Jason's mother has passed away. His father suffers from more and more frequent bouts of insanity. Jason himself hears voices in his head, though he does recognize them as figments of his imagination. He has long worked hard to become absolutely unnoticed by all around him, effectively invisible--until he begins to act up in class, almost not of his own accord, which lands him in group therapy with other youth who have different problems all their own. As events begin to spiral out of Jason's con ...more
This was the best book I've read in a long time and the first I've read in one day in a long time, too. Easily 5 stars.

The format of the book was perfect for making me feel like I was inside Jason's head. Boy, did he ever have a lot of stuff thrown at him, as did his friends. No 15 year old should have to deal with all that, but it happens and they do.

This was an excellent portrayal of the kinds of things that happen in some kids' lives and the different ways they find of handling it. Even thoug
This is an amazing book. It is a little chalenging to follow but still an amazing read.
The setting of this book is present time and just around their town. The conflict is that Jason's dad is crazy but he doesn't want to admit it to anybody because he doesn't want his dad to be locked up and forgotten. When he tells his best friends in the therapy group one of them has to tell because Jason and his dad are sick and not doing well because they don't have money. The main characters are Jason, his dad, Pete, Shelby, and Haze. They are his best friends. Towards the end of the book Sh ...more
So, I reviewed this in March 2013, but unlike my other ones, I slightly liked this review, it just needs editing. So I'll just edit the review a bit and post the original one using the spoiler tag. Okay? Okay.
Okay, so, I'd rate this book about a 20%LOWER, be honest, I picked it out based on the title, and I didn't really like it.
This book was about a 15 year-old boy named Jason Apollo PapadopouloswhateverIforgot. His mom is dead and his mom is a little mentally ill. Okay, a LOT
I was a little bit worried when I looked inside the book and saw what appeared to be script-like dialogue in places. I was scared to even begin reading because I do not love reading plays or scripts. However, on closer examination, I realized that each script-like reference was a character inside the main character's head adding its own version of events to the narrative. I decided to give this book a try anyway, and I'm very glad I did.

I love anything psychologically based, so I fell in love wi
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
4.5 stars easily. Wow! I loved this one!

Crazy is about Jason, who takes care of his mentally ill dad. They're all they've got. You'd think Crazy would be sad and heartbreaking - and it is, but there is so much more to it. It's funny and heartwarming. It's not sappy or anything like that, it's just good. Really, really good.

Jason has this imaginary audience in his head. It consists of a few characters. There's the critic AKA FBG (fat bald guy) with mustache and Crazy Glue, the crazy kid. There's
Oct 25, 2010 Tasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Jason is trying his best to cope. His mother died of a sudden stroke, leaving him caring for his mentally-ill father. With no money coming in, Jason struggles to feed them both and heat the house. There is no time for caring for the house itself or even for himself. Jason has no friends and is spending a lot of time with the imaginary friends in his head. He can’t tell anyone about them though, because he’s afraid that they are proof that he is crazy like his father. He is also very frightened t ...more
Angela  M
Crazy is just what the titles leads you to believe it will be, absolutely crazy! Jason's mother dies, and he is left to care for his mentally ill father all on this own. He's keeping it to himself because he refuses to let his father be locked up. To keep it a secret, Jason's learned not to have any friends, so to keep himself company, he's invited an amusing cast of characters in his own head. There is "Fat Bald Guy With Mustache" who is funny and series, "Aunt Bea" (from Andy Griffith) who is ...more
Bella Falcon
This is a really rare book. Usually I wouldn't want to read books such as this, but I'm glad I began reading it. The beginning captured me because his imaginary characters were just too funny. After a while, the story began to get serious. The plot left me hungry for more, and before I knew it I was reading it under the covers with a flashlight - something I haven't done in so long.
*mild spoilers*
I feel that sometimes the author isn't descriptive enough or the grammar feels only slightly awkwar
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I personally thought it was a very good book. I like how everything in the book kind of built off of each other. I think it was good how the book kept you kind of guessing. You never really knew what was going to happen next. It shows what I think some people sometimes forget, "Stand by your loved ones no matter what." I think you can almost see yourself in Jason. I think you can connect with him, because I think all of us have felt like him at one point in our life or another, somewhat crazy. I ...more
Surprise! The cover of “Crazy” by Han Nolan couldn’t look much more plain and the synopsis on the back sounded interesting, but nothing really grabbed my attention. I didn’t realize when I started reading this book that Han Nolan is actually the author of one of my favorite Holocaust books, “If I Die Before I Wake.” Had I known that, I probably would have started this book with a lot more enthusiasm. However, I had picked it to read simply because I knew it wouldn’t automatically draw students’ ...more
Sarah's review of Crazy by Han Nolan

Judged by the Cover: Insanely Perfect
Finally, a book that actually looks like it could belong to a more adult genre. No crazy headless models, no photo shopped nightmares, nothing that could make me fear to be seen with this book. The black background and stripes of colors gives it a nice contrast, and the typography makes the book stand out. Plus, now that I like the author's style, I can go read the other book advertised in caps lock.

What's Up?
Jason's worl
Crash Queen (Whimsy and Stardust)
What a sad-but-cute-and-cheesy little read.

When Jason's mother died, he'd been left to take care of his mentally-ill father. At fifteen, he's friendless and has a load of responsibility on his shoulders: make sure his dad is fed, has taken his medicine, and doesn't catch the house on fire while Jason's at school. Although friendless, Jason has the voices in his head. From Crazy Glue to Aunt Bee, the voices offer him advice and insight.
As he enters group sessions in his school counsellor's o
3.5 stars
I totally get how a lot of people would rate this book 4 or 5 stars. I liked the book. It was good, it was unique and it was definately interesting.
I couldn't stop reading the first half, then I thought it took a weird turn. I was really happy at the ending, but it seemed to set-up. Yes I acknowledge it's fiction and everyone loves a good cheerful story, but some of the events that took place seemed a little too good, like the whole courtroom scene. It was fake and in a real life situa
Mel Raschke
Crazy is just what the titles leads you to believe it will be, absolutely crazy! Jason's mother dies, and he is left to care for his mentally ill father all on this own. He's keeping it to himself because he refuses to let his father be locked up. To keep it a secret, Jason's learned not to have any friends, so to keep himself company, he's invited an amusing cast of characters in his own head. Jason is a great lead character, strong, independent, and yet still has to learn that sometimes you ca ...more
abbylee Oqueli
I struggled so much with rating this one . . . I need for there to be half starts! It was so close to a five, for sure a four and a half. I love the characters and thought the idea was creative and well presented. Jason made me so sad at some points and I completely felt and agreed with is anger and frustrations. And for such a serious and important subject Nolan incorporated just the right amount of humor . . . it never got too dark and there was never a sense of complete hopelessness.

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Han Nolan is widely acclaimed for her evocative language, her gritty subject matter, and her ability to plumb the psyche of her characters. Her books include Dancing on the Edge, which won the National Book Award, Send Me own a Miracle, a finalist for the National Book Award, Born Blue, A Summer of Kings, and several other acclaimed novels. She and her husband live on the East Coast.
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