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Be Good Be Real Be Crazy

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Three teenagers. One road trip. Countless detours. From the author of Even in Paradise comes a compelling story of self-discovery that is perfect for fans of Paper Towns and Mosquitoland.

When Mia first waltzed into Homer’s small corner of Florida, her bold approach to life changed Homer’s entire world. It wasn’t long before he was hopelessly in love.

Now Mia is moving away—
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Katie Slattery Three teenagers. One road trip. Countless detours. From the author of Even in Paradise comes a compelling story of self-discovery that is perfect for …moreThree teenagers. One road trip. Countless detours. From the author of Even in Paradise comes a compelling story of self-discovery that is perfect for fans of Paper Towns and Mosquitoland.

When Mia first waltzed into Homer’s small corner of Florida, her bold approach to life changed Homer’s entire world. It wasn’t long before he was hopelessly in love.

Now Mia is moving away—and Homer and his younger brother, Einstein, are helping her drive hundreds of miles to her new home. This is Homer’s last chance to tell Mia how he really feels. And with so many detours in front of them, anything could happen.(less)

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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“The closer they got to Glory-Be-by-the-Sea, the quieter Mia became.”

This was a YA contemporary road trip story.

I felt quite sorry for Mia in this, being pregnant and alone couldn’t have been easy for her, and I understood her wanting to go and live with her friend for when the baby came. Homer was quite a caring boy and it showed the sort of person he was that h
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I'm still not entirely certain how I feel about this story. Did I think it was cute? Yes, definitely. Did I like the characters? Sure, in the way that I like characters in romantic comedies - I enjoy them while they have my attention. Did I enjoy the plot? Yes, but I also felt like there were a lot of unlikely things that happen in it - which wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

But unfortunately, this novel never quite snagged my attention the way Chelsey's debut did. The writing was still pretty sol
Jan 29, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: ya-fiction
I'm a little bias on this one. :) This book took a bit of my sanity during the writing process, but through the struggle, BGBRBC became a book of my heart. ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
Okay so, this book is cute. Very cute, in fact. The characters were sweet, there are road trips, and along the way they meet other quirky individuals with little life lessons to teach them. Stuff like:
"Yes. Love. The greatest man-made disaster in a world that's full of them."

It's full of little snippets like that that are both wise and endearing. There was a lot of diversity, which was r
Stephanie A.
I'm not totally sure what to make of this book, which at times seems to be playing Diversity Brownie Points Bingo, and at other times had me wondering just how many weirdos one carload of people could meet on a drive up from Florida. Many of the chapters are essentially self-contained short stories providing the backstory to those people they meet on the road, an interesting writing exercise that I think it was clever of Philpot to be able to weave into the finished text, enhancing it for anyone ...more
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Be Good Be Real Be Crazy was a book I requested on a whim - I had read some excellent things about Chelsey Philpot's debut, Even in Paradise. Yet I felt Be Good Be Real Be Crazy was an average read. It was a quick, light read but it was one that it did not leave a big impact on me.

Homer has fallen in love with Mia, a mysterious girl who happened upon his fathers' shop in Florida. But now Mia is moving away, and Homer can't bea
rachel ☾
Oct 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Some people find it easy to suspend their disbelief in works of fiction. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people... and that is largely why this book didn’t work for me. Be Good Be Real Be Crazy was meant to be a contemporary road trip story but felt more like magical realism with all its crazy coincidences and serendipitous moments. I could not believe a single word of it and consequently, found it really hard to get into the story, It was obviously trying very hard to be quirky and modern ...more
Sai at theengineerisreading
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, swoons
RATING: 5 stars


And yes, I am screaming right now because how did it happen that I ignored this book for months when I should have read it the moment I got my hands on a copy of this Chelsey Philpot gem. But before my emotion overflows, I’ll write an honest review for this read first.

Chelsey Philpot’s Be Good Be Real Be Crazy is the whirlwind adventure read that will make its way to the heart of the readers. A light read with realistic punch and take on friendship, love, and
Diane Ferbrache
Homer is happily living his life with his brother, Einstein, and their 2 dads in a small town in Florida. Then along comes Mia – pretty, independent, self-assured, and pregnant. There’s just something special about this girl and she quickly becomes like one of the family and Homer is falling in love. So when she decides that it’s time to move on – to find an old friend who’s offered her a place to live – it’s not too weird for Homer, Einstein, and Mia to pile into an old beater car they call the ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two years after the release of her debut novel, Even in Paradise, Chelsey Philpot shows how her yarn-spinning skills have been honed by the writing process.

In Be Good Be Real Be Crazy, we follow Homer and Einstein, a pair of adoptive teenage brothers as they shepherd the entrancing Mia from their home in the Florida keys up the Eastern seaboard to New England. Philpot maximizes the road trip motif by expertly weaving poignant vignettes into her protagonists' drive, allowing a charmingly eclectic
Katie Johar
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am actually amazed by some of the reviews, particularly the one that noted this book was less believable because of stranger danger - I think it is all the more believable because of this; children still have an innocence about them and although their parents have warned them, there is a naivety and a desire to see the good in others that is still innate in them. I LOVED this book. While I thoroughly enjoyed Philpot's debut novel "Even in Paradise" BGBRBC was so much more. I found myself unabl ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To say that I adored this book would be a gross understatement. Although I loved Chelsey's debut novel "Even in Paradise," I was simply spellbound by BGBRBC. The dialogue between the characters reminded me of John Green's "Looking for Alaska," or E. Lochart's "We Were Liars." BGBRBC will speak to not only the hearts of teenagers seeking an adventure beyond the social constraints of their friendships, but to adults who are looking to escape the responsibilities of their everyday lives and just be ...more
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute teen romance that is, unusually, from the boy's perspective. Homer has fallen in love with Mia, the unusual girl who is living in a boat in the parking lot of his fathers' tourist gift shop. But Mia has bigger problems than where she's living -- she's pregnant and has no family. The only plan that makes sense to her is to head north to Massachusetts and find her favorite foster sister, who said she'd always give her a place to stay. But Homer can't let her make the trip alone, an ...more
Madison Miller
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it

“For fans of Mosquitoland and Paper Towns” (Goodreads). That is a bunch of lies! Mosquitoland is one of my all-time favorite books and this one was nothing like it. I honestly don’t know how I even finished this book, it was slow in the beginning but I thought it would pick up. I was wrong, I managed to push through to the end, but I was completely bored the whole time. The story itself was supposed to be of a road trip from Florida to somewhere way up north, but there weren’t any a
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Chelsey Philpot has written another book and I did not know about it for three years? Unacceptable! I must read this now!

Nicole Shepard
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book got very boring at some parts and I lost interest quickly. There were some parts that could've been more descriptive, in my opinion. I also wish the book ended differently. ...more
Kimberly Wong
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
It was aight. Kinda boring but it was kinda interesting.
Rebecca Hedger
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the road trip theme and I loved the main cast of characters and how the relationships develop.
Teresa McWaters
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, contemporary
Actual rating: 2.75 stars
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
So good!
Lydia Aklilu
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a good book, but a lot of it just didn't make sense. ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
[ Won an ARC courtesy of NBS x EpicReads on #MIBF2016 ]

2.5/5 Stars

I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. The story was dragging, which is probably because of the author's writing style. The ending was the only good part about it, imo.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Be Good Be Real Be Crazy because I really liked Even In Paradise. Unfortunately, this one wasn't nearly as awesome as I hoped.

Shy Homer is impossibly in love with Mia. Impossible because a girl like that could never return his feelings. But being a typical myrtar of unrequitted love, Homer decides to further torture himself by offering to drive his (very pregnant, but not by Homer) dream girl from southern Florida to her new home in Glory-Be-By-The-Sea, a postcard New England town. A
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is the story of a good, wholesome boy who falls in love with a mysterious whirlwind of a girl. Homer and his brother Einstein are living in South Florida with their adoptive dads who run a souvenir shop. One day, Mia walks in with all her charm and gets hired. Homer, a recent high school graduate himself, finds himself falling in love with an 18 year-old pregnant girl, whom his parents adore. Her pregnancy, however, is not a major factor of the overall story, of course it is mentioned ...more
Stacy Books
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was read and reviewed by my co-worker, Nicole

“Be Good Be Real Be Crazy” is like a mix of John Green, Francesca Lia Block, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and classics thrown together.

The story follows Homer, a teenage whom has lived on a tiny island off of Florida with his two dads and genius brother Einstein, his whole entire life. Till one day, Mia rushes in and upturns his world. Mia, an aged out foster kid, with fruit punch hair- is expecting, and is leaving Florida. Homer d
Jack Darrow
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Serendipitously, I happened to come across a copy of BGBRBC earlier this month and, for the first time in recent memory, had the opportunity to read a new book without interruption or shaped expectations (I neither read Philpot's first novel, nor searched reviews of her recent publication). Although I am outside the targeted demographic, I was instantly captivated by the curious characters and developing plot line. What's more, this book pulled me in deeper with each passing page and ever-broade ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big fan of YA books, but this one really stole my heart. I really enjoyed the homage paid to some of the great works of literature in both the names and development of the characters. The book pulls out the fabulous highlights of a road trip and really allowed me to fondly reminisce. Thoughts of my first love, first concert, first crummy car all came flooding back in such a wonderfully nostalgic way. As an NYC daily subway rider, sometimes I find it hard to get into a book with a train ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5. I appreciate a lot about this one, but something about it - the overwhelmingly sweet serendipity of the folks they run into on the road trip? - finally broke me down. One or two kooky characters along the road is one thing. A book full of kind strangers and understanding fathers rang a little false. I WANT to love this. I definitely loved Homer as a character.

On the scale of road trip books, it's certainly no Mosquitoland.
Unreliable Booknerd
Reading from: physical book; library borrowing
Plot: 6.2/10
Character: 7.1/10
Writing: 6/10
Font: 5.7/10
Buy it? Nope

I've enjoyed this book due to their friendship, relationship, family and traveling by car. One of my dreams is traveling by car million tracks.

The story line was simple, not too smudgy. The ending was great even though it was absurd haha
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Chelsey Philpot grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and now works as an editor and journalist. She's written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Slate, and numerous other publications. Like her main character, Charlotte, Chelsey attended boarding school in New England. You can visit her online at or on Twitter @ChelseyPhilpot. ...more

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