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"Chasing Crazy is an entertaining and compelling story about owning who you are. With an endearingly awkward female protagonist, a swoon-worthy male love interest, and Siskind's superb storytelling, this is one of the best New Adult contemporary romances I've read to date." ~ USA Today Bestselling author, K.A. Tucker

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Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Forever Yours
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Debbie I Heart YA Books

I'll give you a heads-up before you start reading the first chapter of Chasing Crazy. Make sure you visit the ladies’ room first. I don't think I have laughed this hard in a long time. Pininfarina (Nina) and Sam had me at the first chapter and I could not put this book down. Nina is an awesome female character and Sam is the gorgeous, sexy guy you can't help but give your heart to.

Nina is a walking disaster. She gives clumsiness a new name. After Nina's latest catastrophe, known as the "Public S
Nov 04, 2015 Ron rated it it was amazing
I have a confession: CHASING CRAZY is my first romance novel. Obviously, I've read books with romance, but never a Romance novel. So, with the understanding that this particular cherry has just been popped ...

Nina is adorable. And charming. And sexy. And clutzy. Watching her "chase her crazy" is a delight that plays out realistically, with just enough failures to make her triumphs all the more heartwarming. Sam (or he of the chest I will never possess) is a solid balance between wounded and asse
Sybil aka Lala
Jan 20, 2016 Sybil aka Lala rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, na

Pininfarina is a walking disaster. From her odd name to her hippie parents and her inability to control her limbs, she takes being painfully awkward to a whole new level. When a particularly embarrassing incident finds itself onto YouTube and the subsequent fallout follows her to university, she decides to take her long list of phobias and leave it all behind to go backpacking across New Zealand. Once there, she has to face one of her worst fears; a super-hot guy.

Sam used to have everything goin
Give Me Books
Jan 09, 2016 Give Me Books rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while a book comes along that basically ruins you for all other books—at least, temporarily.

This was one of those books for me.

Nina and Sam are both running away from their lives. Their reasons are different, but the result is that they end up on the same flight from Toronto to New Zealand and fate or circumstance—or Nina's propensity towards catastrophe—puts them in each other’s path.

Nina is mesmerized by the "frickin' hot guy" who bears witness to an unfortunate series of (hum
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Published: 2016

:: 4.5 Pretty Little Stars ::

I found this to be a really enjoyable read with some hilarious moments that made me laugh out loud. It’s a super sweet read, easy to get lost in, and downright fun! I love the travel adventures that “Nina” and Sam go on especially considering that these two hardly know each other. I loved the character development- Sam really brings out a whole new person in Nina- and I loved the plot. Kelly Siskind has easily become a top favorite author of mine a
Annie Brewer
I'd been done with this book awhile and really enjoyed it. My reading days have been scarce as well as my time on GR, sadly. However, this story was a wonderful read filled with angst and heartbreak- my two favorite things in books. And of course, romance. It wasn't all sad though, there was humor and sweet moments. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Nina reminded me of myself in the fact that she's such a klutz. I, too, am a klutz, though I've never gone some of the fun ...more
Dear Kelly,

1) Thank you for writing a girl like Nina, who reminded me to embrace my inner Pininfarina and, as Sam would say, let my freak flag fly.
2) Thank you for writing a boy like Sam, who had me swooning from page one and reminded me of all the reasons I love traveling with my husband.
3) Last (and arguably most importantly), thank you for making tents so sexy. No further explanation required.

<3 <3 <3
Jan 07, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-blog
Sweet, Adventures, funny, sexy.

Chasing crazy has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that draw you in. Pininfarina has had the last bit of humiliation that she can face. So she packs up, heads to the airport, and hops on a random plane to New Zealand. She recreates herself as Nina and tries to leave her old embarrassing ways behind. However it's not long until she mortifies herself in front of one of the hottest guys that she has ever seen.

One tragedy has upturned Sams life. Life at home has become
Feb 25, 2016 Meri rated it it was amazing
Words can not describe how much I loved this book!! Sam and Nina are going to stay in my heart for a very long time.

"Too terrified to say or do the wrong thing and effectively embarrass myself in the myriad of ways it seems possible, I've lived the life of a self-proclaimed hermit."

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle."

"If you accept yourself, others will, too."

"I'm reading into things with Sam because it's what I do: fantasize. I've for
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Feb 17, 2016 Christine (Shh Moms Reading) rated it really liked it
4 one syllable Sam stars!
Chasing Crazy is the debut novel by Kelly Siskind and I am so glad that I picked this one up. One of my New Year's resolutions was to try new authors this year; either authors I have never read before or authors with their debut novels and Chasing Crazy is one of my first for 2016. Well written, fun, and engaging - I am so glad I found a new author to follow :)

I have to say that I was roflmao by chapter 1 as the first rule of traveling is "always pee before boarding." T
Heather Van Fleet
If I could only use one word to describe Chasing Crazy, it would have to be captivating. Seriously.
This book does something to you while your reading it, like romance-voo-doo meets smexy time-crack. Not gonna lie, Kelly Siskind has created a story so developed, and so well-rounded that finding a flaw between these pages is darn near impossible. As a debut author, I have to give this lady props, because she's got something not a lot of debut authors have. And that's a natural talent.

This is the
Mary Ann Marlowe
Nov 07, 2015 Mary Ann Marlowe rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this hilarious book. From the opening scene, I was laughing at the mishaps of a very accident-prone Nina. Kelly Siskind takes a series of cringe-worthy events and renders them with a narrative style that makes them laugh out loud funny. And when the heroine crosses paths (in the most humiliating way imaginable) with the seemingly perfect Sam, the swooning begins.

Though they start off strangers who met by chance on an airplane, as Sam and Nina beg
Oct 12, 2015 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of Chasing Crazy from the author. That being said, I have made it my new motto to say nothing unless I have something positive to say (when it comes to reviewing books). So I freely give this review regarding the sheer awesomeness of this book.

Chasing Crazy was a fun, laugh-out-loud read, that also had hot scenes, with a love story that tugged at my heart strings. What more is there?

Kelly Siskind’s voice is bang on. The characters were well develop
Jan 21, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect cure for a bad day! I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh so much. I loved how Nina is a disaster but not in the I-stumble-a-lot-and-it’s-really-cute kind of way that I’ve read too often in books. Nina’s brand of disaster is completely unique and hilarious. I loved Sam. Frickin’ hot guy! He is perfectly imperfect. The secondary characters really shined too. Leigh is probably one of my favorite characters ever and even Nina’s mom—who is never actually in a s ...more
I am so in love with this gem of a book!

"I wish I had Nina's gifts for words, beautiful doesn't cut it."

This is one of those books that I just want to gush over, I'm so completely crazy in love with it, every single thing about it. I love Nina. I love Sam. I love Nina and Sam. I love the location. I love the fact that neither Nina nor Sam are comfortable with themselves. I love that there isn't a lot of drama. I love that Nina is so quirky and awkward. I love that Sam is so vulnerable and swoon
Kate Mary
Feb 03, 2016 Kate Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, steamy
In a spur of the moment decision, Nine takes off for New Zealand, hoping to shed her embarrassing past and create a new identity for herself. Sam is running from his own secrets, but when the two meet and sparks begin to fly, it doesn't take long for the truth to come out. Now they just have to decide how hard they're willing to work to overcome the past.

Kelly Siskind's debut novel, Chasing Crazy started out with a bang and only got better from there. Watching Nina try to navigate her way throug
4 “Being crazy is the new normal” STARS

The second book I devoured this year! YAY!

CHASING CRAZY was one of my most anticipated reads of January, and you guys have no idea how thrilled I am that it didn’t disappoint.

Get ready to meet Parafinina (yep, her parents named her that) a.k.a Nina a.k.a the girl who is a complete mess. Not a mess in the “something tragic happened” or “I lost a loved one” way – but more in a “I can’t barely walk without tripping and falling on my face” way. Nina is funny, l

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I'm not going to lie... I LOVED this book. The plot was unique, characters relatable and it was so so funny! I couldn't put this down!!!

Pininfarina (Nina) is an accident prone girl - a real walking disaster. She found unwanted fame after an embarrassing video of her "public speaking incident" goes viral. High school was a terrible experience for her because of this video. College gives her hope for a fresh start, but that damn video ruins everything on her first day. On
That was a fun reading experience.

Pininfarina (aka Nina, Ginger or Canada) is a disaster-prone girl who has experienced too many humiliating experiences in her life and the worst video of her spreading over youtube makes her decide to drop college and take a trip across the globe to New Zealand.


Sam (aka One-syllable Sam, Frickin’ Hot Guy or Man-candy) was a successful and carefree footballer and a hot guy all girls swooned for before the car accident in which he lost his mother and damaged his
Jan 24, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
This book has probably one of my favorite first chapters of all time. I laughed, yes, but I also felt bad for poor Nina. The girl just cannot catch a break. Which is why she's hoping to reinvent herself in New Zealand. After an embarrassing video of her goes viral, Nina picks a place off the departures board randomly at the airport and hops on a plane. Unfortunately, she's too busy staring at a guy she nicknames Frickin Hot Guy (who she'd later learn is actually named Sam) to go to the bathroom ...more
Jennifer Hawkins
Jan 19, 2016 Jennifer Hawkins rated it it was amazing
This is, by far, the funniest NA contemporary I have ever read. I laughed so hard reading it in bed that I woke my hubby up several times. When I finished it, I convinced him to read it, too. (He doesn't read romance, but he likes funny.)

Nina was a disaster magnet from page one, but like Sam, I was laughing with her, not at her. I loved watching her evolve into a more confident, self-assured version of herself. And Sam! Gah, Sam was such a dreamboat, but he was also flawed and made mistakes. I l
Claudia Alfaro
Jan 11, 2016 Claudia Alfaro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 crazy stars
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This is a refreshing book, a different one, a book that will make you smile the whole time you are reading it, most of the time you will laugh out loud, very loud, and also enjoy very sexy scenes. There is this “frikin’ hot guy” Sam and Pininfarina, the disaster magnet girl. Yep that is her name but if you want to find out why she is a magnet disaster and why she was named like that you have to read it.

So Pininfarina (aka Nina) is running away from all the embarrass and weirdnes
I read an early draft of this book (courtesy of the sweet author) and it was a laugh-out-loud riot with a good dose of hot and swoony. I loved getting to know these characters, and I can't wait to see how their story changes and grows when it's a finished product!


*Edited on 01/29/2016 for full review.

I reviewed this title with one of my co-bloggers, Ana. Our original joint review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of these title was provided by the p
Kimberly Bell
Jun 22, 2016 Kimberly Bell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sexy
This book was so much fun to read. I tore through it in a night, constantly turning to the next page because OMG will this be the moment they realize they're amazing together? Truly quirky characters and great New Zealand settings make this coming of age story a perfect escape. ...Oh, and it's wicked sexy. If you like some sizzle on almost every page, you're in good hands.
Feb 12, 2016 PaulaReader rated it really liked it
3.7 Stars.

Quirky, red headed, and accident-prone, Pinifarina or "nina" is a girl that goes to find an adventure where no one knows her and where she's capable of be anything she wants. She's trying to escape from her past, but oh well, we all know past will come after us and you can't avoid it forever.

Then we have this guy, this broken, troubled, hot boy, who doesn't know how to live anymore, but in all that has happened to him, he wants to take that chance to be whole again, and enjoy life.

Jan 14, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Forever Yours in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts off on a hilarious note, and we're quickly given an idea of just how accident-prone Nina actually is. It appears she has a habit of drawing attention in the most unwitting of ways, and she's already suffered from public humiliation, the effects of which she still feels. She's one heck of an entertaining heroine, but while she does inspire a smile, a
Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews

"Nina" is a walking accident waiting to happen. There is just no escaping what is ingrained in her DNA. She is quirky, sweet red head with a very active imagination.

Sam was "that guy", ya know the one. The high school jock that was a major arse. The very hot piece of man meat that inspires wild fantasies. Now he is just a major hottie with some life altering baggage.

Escape to New Zealand! It seems like the thing to do.

This is quaint, quirky tale of two people in the right place at the
Connected By Books
Jan 23, 2016 Connected By Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
“Chase the crazy, Canada. Let your freak flag fly!”

When I read this book’s synopsis I was intrigued and I couldn’t wait to jump into this adventured filled world of Nina and Sam.

Told in dual POV, Chasing Crazy follows Pininfarina aka Nina and Sam. Starting with her odd name and freak accident prone nature, Nina is a a walking disaster – a weird, clutzy, unique girl. Still haunted by an event that happened in her past, one that left her emotionally scarred, she is ready to take a year off and
Chrsitina Somerville
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I loved this book it was sweet, romantic, funny, adventurous. I could not put it down.

Pininfarina (Nina) and Sam both get on a plane in Toronto to New Zealand to get away from current life troubles to find themselves. They find more then themselves they find each other and grow together to find and embrace their true self. They both take leaps of faith in each other and "Chase the crazy".

Nina is a socially awkward girl with
Feb 02, 2016 Kelley rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed this book.

When I read a book I like to connect with the characters. And I can tell you, I think we all have a little bit of Nina inside of us. Maybe not the list of crazy phobias, but honestly--we all have a little bit of that girl who wants to be cool and be accepted.

I loved the dialogue--real and not forced. It was honest, undramatic, real life conversation. The quirky Nina hiding under a blanket when she's embarrassed. Sam not letting her hide.

And Sam. God I loved that guy.
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New Adult Book Club: #12/16 ~ Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind 93 112 Mar 01, 2016 11:53PM  
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A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devo ...more
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