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[Don't] Call Me Crazy

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,713 ratings  ·  420 reviews
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
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Algonquin Young Readers
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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 stup
Victoria Schwab
Jul 23, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote an essay for this anthology on mental black holes.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
As someone who struggles with her own mental health, I’ve appreciated the recent uptick in representation in the YA book world—as it’s so necessary and I think it can do so much good, especially for young readers coming to terms with their own mental health—but there are two things I’ve found sorely lacking: nonfiction presented in an interesting and approachable manner from authors that readers already know and love, and representation that reflects even the more marginalized segments of the me ...more
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!
Jessica Jeffers
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
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

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. ...more
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.
I wrote an essay for this!

It took me three months to read this in its entirety, because it is really, really exhausting--but in a good way. Such good stuff in here.
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.
krista ☽✧
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
but isn’t that true for everyone. Aren’t we all in search of a state of just right , in our lives ?

a very great book that discusses somany different mental illnesses. All the story’s in this book are by different authors and are about different experiences from them with different mental illnesses. Some story’s I related a lot to , some story’s I related to in parts but all story’s are story’s of real people and they are honest and these story’s have hope in them and talk about healing. And de
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Morgane Moncomble
This book is so important and full of hope. Thank you for showing me that I'm not alone. ...more
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Disclaimer: I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacted my review.

Important Note: This anthology (and this review) contain talk of different mental illnesses and experiences with them, suicide/suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and more which can be potentially triggering to some readers. Please be aware of that before picking this anthology up.

Anthologies are difficult to rate as each story is different. Furthermore, an anthology about mental health is even more
I don't think I was the right audience for this book. I expected it to be more informative, but for me personally most of the essays were not. Or maybe the point of this book is to simply find something you can relate to and not necessarily like everything. I don't know.

I'm not going to rate this for two reasons. First, talking openly about one's mental health is not easy and I admire everyone who shared their personal experience in this book. Second, the fact that it didn't work for me as I ho
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
With regard to mental illness (MI) and MI-related books, the anthology (Don't) Call Me Crazy was one of the top books I wanted to read this year. In a world where, in the past and to this day, MIs have been often misunderstood and tied to stigma in society, I believe a piece of literature in which well-known individuals and authors share their own experiences with MI is immensely valuable.

The anthology touches upon several subtopics, underlined in my review, and cover a vast amount of illnesses,
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Anthologies are usually a mixed reading experience for me, including (DON’T) CALL ME CRAZY. I’m not an unbiased reader. I’ve had anorexia and Major Depressive Disorder, I still occasionally have relapses of PTSD, anxiety and Persistent Depressive Disorder. I also worked as a child psychologist after recovering from my most serious issues. I’m not on disability for fibromyalgia. I believe in a strong body/mind connection and am convinced early trauma and recovery broke my body beyond rep
francis moore
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
Full review:

The diverse perspectives (Don’t) Call Me Crazy supplies are something I’ve never seen before, portraying mental illness from every possible angle. Also, it doesn’t focus on one kind of illness: it covers everything from anxiety to trichotillomania to bipolar disorder to everything outside and in-between. Mental illness is a spectrum, and it’s often hard to categorize feelings, but the higher diversity of labels we put out there, the more peopl
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Algonquin Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

This is one of my favorite books that deals with mental illness! To see the others and to here me ramble about my brain, watch my video, A Brief Trip Inside My Mind!

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Sep 08, 2018 added it
I requested this basically only because my favorite author has an essay in it, but I ended up really enjoying all of the essays I read. I'm choosing not to read all of them just because a few are a *bit* too triggering for me.

I'm choosing not to rate the book since mental health is obviously a very personal topic, so I don't feel right about rating personal experiences, but I will say that it would be great if a little more diversity as in race, religion, and sexualities. This has a lot more div
Greyson | 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.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dont call me crazy

Chapter four was my favorite because it reflected most with my life and my problems but overall the entire book was really good.

I think my favorite of the collection would have to be The Devil Inside by Christine Heppermann. It was chilling and brokenly beautiful.

Defying Definition- Shaun David Hutchinson: “Once someone has defined you by your mental illness enough times you begin to define youself as it”

Defining the thing is the trick- Ashley Holstrom: “Mental Illness doesnt
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful and important to read. I got some sensibility over some essays compare to other but I’m glad this book exist and remind me that i’m not alone fighting ♡
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. ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was mostly fine, but the only essay that really worked for me was Meredith Russo's, and some were actively uncomfortable for me to read, given that I actually am borderline. (Super cool for an anthology about mental health and diversity in experience of mental illness to have two essays about people who were misdiagnosed with BPD and made miserable because of it, and no essays by actual borderline people. We exist, we have things to say, fuck off.) ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, nonfiction, arc
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Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
I have a mental illness and wanted to read essays by those living with one too. This book's simply not the one. It feels all over the place and some essays bored me.

Plus, they include an essay by someone with Autism, a developmental disorder, not a mental illness. Odd.
I've read the feminism one of this series and expected because of it something different. These essays are mostly personal life stories than informative/factual texts.

Nonfiction November 2020: Prompt 1: Time. (long on my tbr)
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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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“I define “depression,” but depression does not define me because you cannot define a person. Not with a single word, not with an entire book. Human beings defy definition. Yet the stigma surrounding mental illness makes some believe we can use it to define others, and it often deceives us into believing we must use it to define ourselves.” 7 likes
“I was trying to be brave. I was trying to let people in. I was trying. I am who I am today because of my messes. Because I’ve survived them. Because I’ve written about them. Because I’ve learned from them, because I keep searching for new tools to clean them up, because I keep trying to heal.” 5 likes
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