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The Crazy School (Madeline Dare #2)

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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  1,333 ratings  ·  232 reviews
From the acclaimed author of A FIELD OF DARKNESS comes another compelling novel featuring the acerbic and memorable voice of ex-debutante Madeline Dare.

Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt Syracuse, New York, for the lush BerkshireMountains in Massachusetts. After her husband's job offer falls through, Maddie signs on as a teacher at the SantangeloAcademy, a boardin
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Published January 10th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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Brenan
There were parts of this book I really loved, but the parts I loved did not outweigh the parts I completely despised, which included:
1. The depiction of Madeline as this life changing teacher in this school where all the kids really need are more people like her. In reality, I think if kids like the kids in that book (who seemed to have been written by someone who has never, in my opinion, had a conversation with a teenager) had as their only adult role model Madeline Dare, they would be worse
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Rita
Eh. It was eh. I liked her first book, Field of Darkness. It had a lot of holes in it, but I really liked the main character and forgave the unevenness of the writing and the plot because it was her first book.

Crazy School is her second book, same main character, but it’s a big step down from the other book. She relied too heavily on the work she’d done building up the characters in the first book and was negligent with developing them further in this one.

And the timeframe was weird. It was a li
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Zona
I was totally enthralled by this story! I found so many parallels between Madeline and myself. Cornelia Read gave Madeline such a fantastic voice and I found myself giggling at every chapter until the end when I was just awestruck by the story. Even then I was cracking a smile while on the edge of my seat.
Although I'm not of Madeline's generation, I felt a kinship with her as I read along. I loved her husband Dean and her good friend Lulu. I also adored the students, especially Weisner and Sitzm
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Ellz Readz
My thoughts...For me, reading The Crazy School was a bit like riding a roller coaster. It has its ups and its downs. Let me start with what I liked about the book. The plot of this story contains a huge mystery to be solved. This mystery is written in a way that you have no idea who can be trusted, who is lying, or manipulating everyone in the story. I second-guessed everyone. The characters were interesting. It is my understanding that the school portrayed is based on an actual institution. In ...more
Nikki
The Crazy School, while it didn't enthrall me quite as much as Cornelia Read's first book, A Field of Darkness, was still a worthy successor. Madeline Dare, the preppy-raised-by-hippies heroine of the first book, has torn her husband away from Syracuse and they are now living in the Berkshires. (It's the early 80s, I think). Husband is looking for work (it's a long story) and Madeline is teaching at "the crazy school" -- a residential school/psych treatment center for rich kids, run by a very d ...more
Darrell
"The Porsche shifted hard and steered harder, suspension so tight that running over a fingernail pairing at eighty could have you pissing blood for a week."

The first half of this book is about a foul-mouthed teacher trying to help some troubled students. It was somewhat engaging, however about half way through it turns into a standard whodunit. This is apparently a sequel since there are vague references to previous events that leave the reader more confused than tantalized. The Crazy School is
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Caitlin
Another excellent book in Cornelia Read's Madeline Dare series.

Madeline has escaped Syracuse for somewhere that's not a lot better - a private school for troubled teens in the Berkshires. She's teaching English and disturbed by the cultlike way the school is run - think EST with teenagers and you'll have a sense of the place. When two of her favorite students turn up dead, Madeline knows something bad is happening.

Read expands on Madeline's life with her husband, Dean, and on her life in this se
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Elizabeth
Sep 10, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If your bored and enjoy "light" mysteries and don't mind bad language
Shelves: my-books-read
First of all, if bad language bothers you, then don't read this. I liked the "climax" part of the story. I liked the twists. Near the end, it seemed to try and smash everything in at the same time. It was almost like the author was quick to end it. I also thought that this book could be shorter, if it didn't have some scenes drawn out, or it could've at least been more entertaining and not boring.

I'm thinking... If the book didn't have rough language and was from the students point of view, it
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Christen
This book was excellent. Although is is part of a 3 book series (hopefully more coming!) it was able to be read as a stand alone book without being confused. Of course I has read the third book first, the second book second, and about to read the first book last and even though I think the other books may have given parts of the first book away, I still can't wait to read it. Cornelia Read's writing is edgy and quite frankly pretty much just like the way most people talk. I like that this book d ...more
Catherine
I picked out this book on a whim and boy was that a good whim!

One of my few issues with it was that I didn't get to learn quite as much about Madeline Dare's background (which was often hinted at, though never fully-disclosed) as I would have liked, but upon reading reviews (didn't even look at goodreads until after I finished!), it appears that this is the SECOND book about Madeline. Since I really did enjoy this one, I will definitely be checking out the first.

Overall this was a moderately-pac
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Carly
I wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. Although I can appreciate its creative, twisted plot, I constantly wished for better character development and more believable dialogue, especially in the latter three-fourths of the book. I felt almost tricked by the beginnning of the book, when my interest was piqued by an intriguing setting, a smart, somber tone, and progressively complicated characters. Just when I felt engaged and invested though, the story unexpectedly abandoned those satisfac ...more
Shannon
This was a great book. It wasn't really what the back of the book led me to believe it was but still, really great. I ALSO didn't know that it is apparently part of a series. I want to go back and read the rest of Madeline's story, but it isn't needed to enjoy Crazy School at all. The kids are really what make the story. They have great personalities and Read gives her characters this funny, ironic, but cynical humor that I love. It's a very easy read. I picked it up on a whim and read it while ...more
Viccy
There’s craziness in Western Massachusetts in Cornelia Read’s entertaining second novel featuring ex-debutante Madeline Dare. She and her husband, Dean, have relocated to the Berkshires from Syracuse, New York and Madeline has taken a job teaching history at a cultish private school, Santangelo Academy, a dumping ground for troubled and dysfunctional adolescents. Having lived through the self-help decade of the seventies in southern California, Madeline is distrustful of the draconian regime at ...more
Roxanne
This book has been on my To Read shelf for years and I can't remember how it got there; either I picked it up at a used book sale or my mom gave it to me. There's a Borders sticker on the back cover but I was not involved with acquiring this book at that location, since I would not have paid actual money for it (the back cover copy is interesting but not as compelling as all that). I finally took it off the shelf to read the other day. It was a fine book and all, but my biggest problem with it i ...more
Lexi
Fantastic chiller/thriller featuring Read's intriguing heroine Madeline Dare. Accepting, out of desperate circumstances, a position as a teacher at a boarding school for troubled teens, Madeline finds herself accused of involvement in an incident that left two students dead. As she tries to find out what is really going on, the schools' authoritarian and cultlike feel become more and more disturbing, and it goes to a meserisingly dark place. Really excellent psychological horror stuff here.
Melissa
Better than the first book (so glad to skip names like Lapthorne and Bonwit), but I'm still not sold...so its on to try the third book.

"Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt Syracuse, New York, for the lush BerkshireMountains in Massachusetts. After her husband's job offer falls through, Maddie signs on as a teacher at the SantangeloAcademy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. Behind the academy's ornate gates, she discovers a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must
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Bette Ammon
"The Crazy School" is Cornelia Read's second book. It too features the fearless and frank Madeline Dare ("A Field of Darkness"). Here Madeline is teaching in a boarding school for wayward teens. Her feelings of outrage and unrest turn out to be justified when two students are murdered and Madeline herself becomes a suspect. The dialogue is snappy and the language is realistically graphic.
Diane
Feb 15, 2008 Diane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens who like suspence novels
Recommended to Diane by: Read a good review
Shelves: high-school, mystery
Santangelo Academy is a boarding school for disturbed teens who have run out of conventional schooling options. But, as new teacher Madeline Dare discovers, some of the "therapeutic" treatments prescribed are downright sadistic. And when two kids are found dead, with Madeline framed as the killer, she finds out that something very wrong has been smoldering within the Crazy School.
Erin
3.5 Despite a slow first half, the book develops into a good mystery. The narrator is acerbic and funny, and the kids she teaches are highly entertaining. I missed some of the allusions to counter-culture literature and music, but I enjoyed reading the book overall.
Betty
I really liked The Invisible Boy and was happy to begin another Madeline Dare book. Halfway through it, I was thinking of giving up on it because of all the despicable characters and my not finding any warmth in the book. Then her husband arrived in the story. I realized that much of my fondness for the other book was because of him. From then on, it was smooth sailing.

While The Invisible Boy was about a heinous crime, the weight of evil in this book is too much for Read's light writing style to
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Gwen the Librarian
This is a worthy follow-up to the phenominal debut A Field of Darkness. The action is more fast-paced and this is a quicker read, but the characters are just as well-drawn and the plot is suspenseful.

Recommended.
Maddie
To start, I have to say that I didn't know anything about this book before I jumped in. It was in a book cart at school, and I was drawn in by the synopsis. I was also a little biased because I share my first name with the character. I had no idea that this was part of a series, and that didn't have a huge impact on the story line, which I appreciated.

That being said, I had mixed feelings about "The Crazy School." It started off as an interesting book, especially as it got more into some of the
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Linda
I don't know why I read this -- I don't really like mysteries but I kind of liked it until somebody died and I guess I was supposed to care who did it. But I don't.
Rachel Jones
I gobbled this one up. Madeline Dare, the protagonist, has a great harsh/funny voice.
Jen
Feb 24, 2008 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks who've worked with ED kids or crazy administrators
This was good escapist reading.
Delitcia
Ce livre a généralement été décevant. Je m’attendais à quelque chose de bien réfléchit, de travaillé, avec de bons personnages et une bonne intrigue; les éditions Actes Sud ne m’avaient jamais déçue dans leur sélection d’ouvrages jusque là. Cependant, je l’ai lu plutôt rapidement. Non pas que l’histoire me prenne réellement, mais quelque chose m’encourageait à poursuivre; probablement parce que malgré tout j’attendais de voir la résolution finale. Je ne vais pas nier que je me suis tout de même ...more
Ashleigh
I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Madeline, is a refreshingly cool person, and totally easy to relate to, or picture hanging out with. I would say that Madeline alone made me really really like this story.

I get very tired of female leads in books over stepping the lines of normality. Like every internal thought is a raging debate about life, the universe, and everything lol. Madeline doesn't do that. She's clear about who she is, and she has a way of saying things (the story is to
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Jennifer
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did, I think.
I enjoyed the viewpoint of Madeline - I thought she was funny, however, I thought she (and everyone else) were too quick to pick up on things. Not only this, but after she gave Pete so much trouble about being trusting, she almost immediately trusts the one person she believes to be the murderer.
I also didn't like the mentions of specific songs, and I never do in books. I find it unnecessary and takes away from the story a bit.
There w
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Nely
Santangelo Academy (referred to by some as "the Crazy School) is a boarding school for wayward teenagers who have run out of conventional schooling options. New teacher Madeline Dare finds that some of the "therapeutic" requirements prescribed by Dr. Santangelo are unconventional and downright sadistic. And when two kids are found dead, with Madeline framed as the killer, she finds out that something sinister is going on within the Crazy School.

First, let's start off with something I didn't know
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I know old-school WASP culture firsthand, having been born into the tenth (and last) generation of my mother's family to live on Oyster Bay's Centre Island. I was subsequently raised near Big Sur by divo
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