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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Somewhere out there is a line in the sand between sanity and insanity. JANE searches that line out, toys with it, revels in it, and then takes a running leap right over it.

Salem Oregon sets the stage for Crazy Town, where the mental hospital sits smack dab in the middle of the city― halfway down Center Street. It is an apt placement when you consider the character of the
Paperback, 424 pages
Published May 23rd 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published February 13th 2015)
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Mary Papastavrou
To be perfectly direct and get it quickly out of the way I think that this writer is a powerhouse and leaves a strong mark on the reader.

Roland Barthes said that we love the image of passion instead of passion itself and this is what occurred to me reading Jane. Polcastro gave us a very accomplished study on madness. Jane has always been both fascinated and oppressed by Aunt Rose's volatile mental state. Since she was a child she had to be the voice of reason and maturity in order to protect he
Leo Robertson
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just one page in, Polcastro overtook Chelsea Handler as the number one author I'd love to get drunk with.

About five pages in, I started to assume at least some of this account was autobiographical and changed my tune!

Polcastro is successor to Joanna Russ for her wild and non-sequiturial adventures, beautifully messy SOC sections and female capital Rage!! She evokes anxiety wonderfully by personifying emotions, objects, events, until the reader feels as intruded upon as the narrator, and as the a
Rebecca Gransden
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novel is as good as volleying treacle; messy, sticky, and wickedly fun in places. Structurally we zip from viewpoint to viewpoint, the heightened interplay of richly layered and well troubled mostly female voices the subject. Behind the bravura amplification of life lived in various states of desperation and undress a solid well of sadness and survival forms a cracked backbone. Boy, these women have to dredge deep, their world filled with the routine exploitations and magnified expectations ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is a study of that thin line between sanity and madness, some of us are closer to one side than the other. Rose has been pushed way over into madness and Jane who is caring for her can see herself heading that way too, instead of avoiding it she rushes headlong towards it. She is abusive, selfish, an alcoholic drug taker, a danger to the public and willing to sleep around...I'm not entirely she has a single good character trait....but still you find yourself caring for her and hoping ...more
Rupert Dreyfus
This book was fantastically dark, twisted and experimental. Jane has just moved back to Salem to clear her head. When we first join her she's fairly balanced and instead it's her Aunt Rose who is barking mad. However, as the story opens up Jane gets on the cocaine ghost train and starts to experiment with the sorts of drugs which eventually send people loopy. She also gets in with the wrong crowd known as The Circle and forms a number of abusive relationships particularly with her girlfriend Ang ...more
Xtina Marie
Jun 21, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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AUTHOR: Riya Anne Polcastro
GENRE: Psychological Thriller
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2015

Okay, so, I am not very far into this yet (i've been so freaking busy) but man, I am loving the atmosphere that Polcastro creates, right from the first page...

Well, I can say one thing for certain...I am totally loving this, although it is messed up...when we are in Rose's head - man, the thought processes she has creates anxiety for me LOL
P.S. Winn
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an edgy, nerve wracking look into a deeply anguished life, meet Jane who is in Oregon where she is losing a bit of her mind, of course she is not alone in this gripping story, The author writes a story of a demented but strangely likable character who falls in with the wrong crowd and finds life isn't as it seems. This book is complex, yet it felt like a quick read because once readers turn that first page they are hooked and drawn in and not able to put down this look into the darker wo ...more
D.K. Manning
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very profound story about the lives of those living with mental health. The main character shifts between many struggles with friends and family and ultimately herself. A worthwhile read and I'm glad I read it.
Andi Houtsch
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Note: I was provided a copy of this text by the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. The author and reviewer have no prior knowledge of or interaction with one another beyond the review of this book.
Every so often you come across a book that comes at you from out of nowhere, jumps into your hands and demands to be read, the voice (or voices, it’s appropriate here) within so fresh and original you have no choice but to sit down and have at it. Polcastro’s Jane is one of those books.
Laura Ruetz
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. I loved the manic feel of the book and the non-linear narrative. It rapidly shifts perspectives, but there it always tells you from whose perspective you are about to read. I enjoyed the depth of characters that is present in the book, especially with Jane and Rose - and it really made the book credible and engaging. The changing dynamic is a gradual shift, and as the characters evolve (or de-evolve) the story only gets more engaging. This is ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book gives a compelling look into every persons aspect of living with someone who has mental illness. It started out as a drug fuled adventure in sexuality and becomes so much deeper. I especially liked the ending of the book after she finds out the families secret.
While this book did get a bit confusing now and then because almost every chapter is a different persons perspective of the same situation. While a lot of the chapters tell you in parentheses who is speaking as themselves, it b
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
There is so much to be learned and understood by the writing this author is giving us. You get a glympse of the mind when a person is suffering from mental health issues. Jane shares the inside of the patient and caregiver, friends and family covers the twisted atmosphere and then some. Very well written.
kaye d.hall
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A very interesting look into mental illness and life with mental illness. It's hard to put this book down because you loose your place in the craziness. Very well done.
Cassandra Godfrey
Wow.. Fantastic.. Loved this Book!!!

This book is amazing. I read it straight through, barely able to set it aside for Kitty breaks. The author does a wonderful job or creating characters that seem like friends. I loved how descriptive she was. I felt like I was there, experiencing the highs and lows with Jane. I was especially thrilled with the ending. As a woman who has suffered many assaults in my past, the ending held a special delight.
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words. Maybe it is because she learned to read and write in her second language before she learned to do the same in her first. Maybe it is because she was raised a missionary’s daughter at the same time that she was taught to question everything. Maybe there are a whole lot of reason ...more
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