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(Don't) Call Me Crazy

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Who’s Crazy?

What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when such a label gets attached to your everyday experiences?

In order to understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there’s no single definition of crazy, there’s no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things—wild? extreme?
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers
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  • (Don't) Call Me Crazy by Kelly  Jensen
    (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health
    Release date: Oct 02, 2018
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    Emily May
    Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I only wish someone had told me not that I was "crazy" but that I was sick, and there was a way to get better.

    This book made me cry, but for all the right reasons.

    When you start putting parts of yourself out there on the Internet, people begin to wonder about you and to form their own stories. I've seen theories about me circling on Goodreads and Twitter. How I am an evil villainess waiting to tear down the latest YA book. How I review books to be mean or contrarian, or because I am too stupid
    Victoria Schwab
    Jul 23, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    I wrote an essay for this anthology on mental black holes.
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Mental illness anthology written with Victoria Schwab, Adam Silvera, and Libba Bray! Who else is HYPED
    Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
    Jul 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
    They had me at Victoria Schwab and Adam Silvera.

    But the idea of this is amazing!
    Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I'm a huge advocate for the idea that we need to talk more openly about mental health. People with mental ilness need to know they matter and that they can get better. People without it need to know they can help. In the last year, this idea has become an increasingly important part of both my personal and professional life.

    I try not to be a nudge and talk about my job on here, but I work for the children's book imprint of the American Psychological Association, and it's unbelievably rewarding
    Feb 28, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    We have a cover!

    Add (DON'T) Call Me Crazy to your to-read shelf & preorder a copy from your favorite book store. Let's crack open this conversation about mental health.
    May 27, 2017 marked it as upcoming-titles  ·  (Review from the author)
    I have an essay in this anthology! It's about bipolar disorder, manic pixie dream girls, Korean fairy tales, and writing Wintersong.
    Heidi Heilig
    Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    Hey, I just met you
    And this is (NOT) crazy
    But here's my essay
    So read it maybe

    destiny ☠ howling libraries
    Every time one of my friends adds this to their TBR, it comes up in my feed and I remember that it's gonna be a thing and I get SO EXCITED all over again!!
    Ashley Holstrom
    Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    Incredible. I cannot wait for the world to get to read this collection. I’m so honored to have been included in it.

    Mental health is just as important as physical health, kiddos. Let’s end the stigma.

    January 2017:

    It's not done yet, but I'm writing an essay for this bomb-ass anthology of essays about mental health for young adults. It'll be about my life with trichotillomania, and, I hope, all the words I needed to read when I was 13 and pulling out my eyebrows without knowing why.
    Greyson (Grey) Edwards [Use Your Words]
    I saw this on twitter today, came here to add it and I already had??? Past Grey knows what she needs.
    I can’t wait for this! I’m gonna force it on all of my family members because Lord knows they fucking need it.
    Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Incredibly powerful. I felt this one deeply, and I can't encourage everyone to read this enough, regardless of whether mental health struggles is something you've dealt with. 4 1/2 stars
    Paul  Hankins
    There is a lot that we could say about this anthology due for release in October (I wish that the release date were closer to the beginning of a traditional school year).

    The anthology works well when read section by section. It took me a few days to read through the work as I sticky-noted contributions from the authors, actors, artists, and athletes. I did not want to be surprised by the contributors as mental illness is a personal issue and I was afraid of a "Oh, wow. . ._____________ is deali
    Susie Dumond
    Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is a powerful, well-rounded, engaging introduction to conversations about mental health for young readers, with contributions from from great writers, illustrators, actors, and athletes. The only way to break down barriers and reduce stigma around mental health is to start having honest conversations like those included in (Don't) Call Me Crazy. I love the variety of formats and diversity of voices included, and the organization into sections makes it easy to read. I wish I had read this co ...more
    May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Just finished the ARC, and I can't wait until this is out in the world. I will definitley be adding it to my high school library collection. Such an open and honest depiction of so many different types and aspects of mental illness that often manifest in the teen years. The book is marketed for young adults, but everyone can benefit from reading it.
    Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I'm so incredibly grateful that such a thoughtful and nuanced resource like this has been written. It's hard enough for teenagers to talk about mental illness among themselves and to their parents; but now, they can see their literary heroes bare their souls and anxieties in a beautiful way. I desperately wish something like this had existed when I was a teenager, but I am bolstered by the fact that I can show this to anyone who needs to know that they are not alone.
    S. Zainab Williams
    Apr 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: ya, essay-anthologies
    I contributed a comic to this anthology, and I CANNOT WAIT to check out everyone else's work.
    ✨ katharina ✨
    Jul 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Very very dear to my heart
    Jun 13, 2017 marked it as released-2018-and-later

    I need this now
    Jayme Carruthers
    Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    @NetGalley #partner

    Thank you to #NetGalley for the review copy of #(don')callMeCrazy. All opinions are my own.

    (Don't) Call Me Crazy is a collection of short, autobiographical stories of individuals suffering from mental health issues. In addition to speaking up about mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, this book also has voices speaking on lesser known disorders such as trichotillomania, which I greatly appreciated.

    (Don't) Call Me Crazy is a great anthology to read if you are wantin
    Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: young-adult
    People need to talk about mental health more often. This book is very important and I'm glad it exists! It was cool to read about some authors that I've already read and their journeys.
    Diverse and extremely personal essays in this anthology. Mental illness, neurodiversity, suicide, and anxiety are covered with care and deep emotion. This collection is aimed at teens, but adults can get a lot out of this too. Learn from someone else who shares your diagnosis, or learn to be a more supportive friend, family member, human.

    Special note: there are extensive bibliographies and other resources scattered throughout and included at the end. A fantastic collection of resources for those
    Jensen's first anthology about feminism blew me away and was visually stunning. This book about mental health is equally as engaging, visually appealing, and important. Add this to your YA nonfiction collection in October 2018.
    Sarah Hannah
    Sep 06, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
    Shelves: i-wrote-it
    I wrote an essay for this! Cannot wait to read everyone else's.
    Becky Spratford
    Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I reviewed this for my ALA Annual 2018 Booklist Read ’N’ Rave Panel. Details:
    Scott Fillner
    Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A book that is needed! Filled with transparency and amazing voice.
    Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is an amazing book and it should be in every public library. The essays present a wide spectrum of mental illness experience, covering many different illnesses, the different relationships a person might have with their illness, and more. I made liberal use of my highlighter while reading, as I often found the authors eloquently expressing things that I have struggled to put into words. If there had been a book like this when I was a teen, I would have benefitted greatly (and I am still ben ...more
    Kellie Marnoch
    Feb 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Ugh, this has authors I'm desperate to read, but others I don't wanna touch with a ten-foot bargepole.
    Victoria Schwab??? Adam Silvera??? Libba Bray???

    Abby M
    Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    ***Thank you Kelly Jensen, the editor, for sending me this ARC***
    This book....
    It’s very important.
    Reading this beautiful anthology, I realized so much about myself and others and everyone and everything. I feel a deep, lasting impact after reading it. I can now acknowledge and understand the feelings that I have and can now safely dredge up memories I’ve been careful to forget, to keep a safe little box in the back of my head.
    I want to give a big hug to each and every contributor (and that’s
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    Kelly Jensen is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her current position is with Book Riot, the largest independent book website in North America, where she focuses on talking about young adult literature in all of its manifestations. Before becoming a fully-fledged adult-like person, she worked in the swanky Tex ...more
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