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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,907 ratings  ·  399 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.

Both heartbreaking and funny, Crazy liv
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Crazy ass book.
Crazy ass ride.
Crazy ass plot.
Crazy ass characters.
Crazy ass story.

This book was CRAZY.

If you want the perfect description of this book, then all you have to do is look at the title.
Not crazy in a bad way, really. The bad parts, weren't bad. They were so bad, that it was sooo good.
It sounds weird and maybe even funny. But there is so much more to the story. Its heartbreaking, tender, loving, injust, revealing.
It was all done and written in a way, that keeps you engaged, interested
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book. Is there a word for a book that breaks your heart into tiny, tiny pieces? My favorite book in all the world is a book like that. So is this one. And it did it in an entirely believable way.

So let's count the ways Han Nolan stomped on my heart. There's the main character, Jason. His mother has passed away, leaving him to take care of his father, who is seriously mentally ill, and getting worse. They're drowning under the medical bills left behind when Jason's mother died. And Jaso
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heidi (Yup. Still here.) by: Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Ok I have thought about this for about a day and keep fluctuating back and forth from 4 to 5 stars for this book, but since it has stuck with me I will go with the higher rating. I was not sure about this book at first, I mean a boy who talks to imaginary friends seemed a little out there, but now that I read it I am glad I did. I work with teens who have parents with mental illness and I felt this was an acurate betrayal of the myriad of emotions they go through on a daily basis (guilt, love, a ...more
Fair warning: this review is entirely incoherent. I wouldn't be surprised if it made no sense at all to anyone.

I have no idea how to review this book. There's just no way that my thoughts can come together in a coherent manner. I'll just put it this way: this is the strongest emotional experience I've ever had in reading a book. It seems that my life and this book corresponded to create something horrifyingly sad, but also hopeful. That's the thing: this book is just as hopeful as it is sad. Bec
Wendy F
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, favorites
It's so hard to review some books. I'm just not sure what I can say to make people see what I see in certain books.

Crazy was... crazy, ha. Jason, the protag, was quirky and vulnerable. His battles hurt to read. I just wished as I was reading that if I could pray hard enough it would fix his life for him. That it would make his mom come back and his Dad's illness vanish. The descriptions of his father's mental illness, and his own internal struggles as he tried to cope felt so real. I just wanted
Rebecca McNutt
This book was unbelievably depressing, but it manages to find lots of humor as well. I was very surprised at how well it handled the topic.
Pages For Thoughts
Crazy is one of the most emotional books that I have ever read! The book enforces the importance of asking for help and standing up for what you believe in. Many people are afraid to ask for help or are ashamed that they need it, but this book clearly illustrates the power of friendship and support that can be provided. I believe that hope is the most powerful asset that Crazy has. Through the sad times and the angry times, and the almost-giving-up times, hope still shined through, inspiring opt ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CRAZY is one part funny and two parts sad.

But, overall an intense read which just so happens to be my kind of story. It’s one where the protagonist lives a messy life, and is not having an easy time of it up to the very last because the realizations were slow to take. Jason is a good kid, he loves his father but sometimes loves his father too much, because big things are placed on him all of which he takes it all on willingly, more often than not to his detriment.

A smart aleck too, it is in fa
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Please please please go do me a favor and go read this book right now!! Go! If you've already read the book.... go read it again!!

Oh my gosh. Oh jeez. Oh my goodness. This book. I... I... wow.

Never have I read a book as crazy as Crazy before.
Never have I enjoyed a book like this as much as Crazy before.
Never have I been in love with a book like Crazy before.

It's.... it's crazy!!!

Okay. Let's see if I can get myself together here. Oh. After just finishing the book, I am blown away
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm just crying at three in the morning after finishing this, it's fine. So many things... Hits close to home I guess, not to that extreme but in some ways I feel very similar to Jason. Not being able to trust people after being betrayed and learning to trust people again, finding people who really, truly care about you is really scary, but it's totally worth it to take that plunge.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2010, ya
Like, crazy man. This little dude has voices in his head. He's even named them. One is Fat Bald Guy (a.k.a. FBG) who is like the theater accent-on-critic in the back row. One is Sexy Lady who keeps assuring the lad he's "hot." One is Aunt Bee. That's right -- that Aunt Bee -- who provides all manner of Mayberry nurturing and motherly reassurance. One is Crazy Glue, the punk who accidentally glued two fingers together. And one is familiar to all television viewers (er... listeners), Laugh Track. ...more
Maya Palavali
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
its a really good book and i shall recommend it to my friends to read. so yeah i think its good
Breanna Plach
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it

What was the hardest thing you’ve had to go through and how did you recover from it?
Everybody’s been through difficult times where they felt like they’d never be okay again. The most important thing to remember from times like that is how you got better and how you recovered when you never thought you would.
Crazy by Han Nolan is a kind of fiction book that gives us an inspirational lesson on getting better and making changes to improve one’s quality of life.
The main character Jason, wants to
This is an amazing book from viewpoint of middle school boy whose mother has died and whose father is seriously mentally ill. In flashback we learn that Jason’s mother was the one who provided what emotional and physical stability there was in their family. Following her unexpected death Jason, at 15, feels responsible for taking care of and protecting his father from authorities who might separate

As the stress of the unreasonable position in which Jason finds himself mounts and his father
Brick Andreasen
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jason's mother has passed away. His father suffers from more and more frequent bouts of insanity. Jason himself hears voices in his head, though he does recognize them as figments of his imagination. He has long worked hard to become absolutely unnoticed by all around him, effectively invisible--until he begins to act up in class, almost not of his own accord, which lands him in group therapy with other youth who have different problems all their own. As events begin to spiral out of Jason's con ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was the best book I've read in a long time and the first I've read in one day in a long time, too. Easily 5 stars.

The format of the book was perfect for making me feel like I was inside Jason's head. Boy, did he ever have a lot of stuff thrown at him, as did his friends. No 15 year old should have to deal with all that, but it happens and they do.

This was an excellent portrayal of the kinds of things that happen in some kids' lives and the different ways they find of handling it. Even thoug
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. It is a little chalenging to follow but still an amazing read.
Hizatul Akmah
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this is a kind of books that i won't get bored of even i've read it for a thousandth time. still can't make a proper review, btw. sighs.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book revolves around fourteen-year-old Jason, whose father is having severe struggles with mental illness since the death of Jason’s mother. Jason is dedicated to keeping his father sane the way his mother used to, but his dad’s condition just keeps getting worse. The death of his mother has left them very poor, so Jason isn’t just facing the struggle of taking care of his father; he also has money problems.

So why did I only give this book two stars? Han Nolan’s writing style didn’t speak
Karen Barber
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that got under my skin, completely.
Jason is fifteen, living as a career for his mentally ill father and also trying to adjust to life without his mother.
I feel it's hard to summarise this book without giving away too much. The main character and the events that he describes are beyond most people's experiences. I was in equal measure horrified and fascinated.
Throughout there is a horrible sense of inevitability to Jason's life and I lived every moment of this book.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! How the author, Han Nolan, told and explained the story was awesome. The detail he used to explain this boys bad to good life was awesome. And what added it was that he made it feel like your in his life because he had imaginary "Co-stars" and were the audience. This was a great book!
Carrie G
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Surprise! The cover of “Crazy” by Han Nolan couldn’t look much more plain and the synopsis on the back sounded interesting, but nothing really grabbed my attention. I didn’t realize when I started reading this book that Han Nolan is actually the author of one of my favorite Holocaust books, “If I Die Before I Wake.” Had I known that, I probably would have started this book with a lot more enthusiasm. However, I had picked it to read simply because I knew it wouldn’t automatically draw students’ ...more
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Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sarah's review of Crazy by Han Nolan

Judged by the Cover: Insanely Perfect
Finally, a book that actually looks like it could belong to a more adult genre. No crazy headless models, no photo shopped nightmares, nothing that could make me fear to be seen with this book. The black background and stripes of colors gives it a nice contrast, and the typography makes the book stand out. Plus, now that I like the author's style, I can go read the other book advertised in caps lock.

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Jason's worl
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Jason is trying his best to cope. His mother died of a sudden stroke, leaving him caring for his mentally-ill father. With no money coming in, Jason struggles to feed them both and heat the house. There is no time for caring for the house itself or even for himself. Jason has no friends and is spending a lot of time with the imaginary friends in his head. He can’t tell anyone about them though, because he’s afraid that they are proof that he is crazy like his father. He is also very frightened t ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
So, I reviewed this in March 2013, but unlike my other ones, I slightly liked this review, it just needs editing. So I'll just edit the review a bit and post the original one using the spoiler tag. Okay? Okay.
Okay, so, I'd rate this book about a 20%LOWER, be honest, I picked it out based on the title, and I didn't really like it.
This book was about a 15 year-old boy named Jason Apollo PapadopouloswhateverIforgot. His mom is dead and his mom is a little mentally ill. Okay, a LOT
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
4.5 stars easily. Wow! I loved this one!

Crazy is about Jason, who takes care of his mentally ill dad. They're all they've got. You'd think Crazy would be sad and heartbreaking - and it is, but there is so much more to it. It's funny and heartwarming. It's not sappy or anything like that, it's just good. Really, really good.

Jason has this imaginary audience in his head. It consists of a few characters. There's the critic AKA FBG (fat bald guy) with mustache and Crazy Glue, the crazy kid. There's
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Memories from before his mother died and before his father went crazy are the only things keeping Jason going, but his grasp on reality may be slipping. A cast of characters inhabit his mind; their voices constantly whisper commentary on his every thought and action.

Jason's life is a complicated mess. He's trying to keep up his grades, write for the advice column of the school newspaper, and keep an eye on his father. It had always
Angela  M
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Crazy is just what the titles leads you to believe it will be, absolutely crazy! Jason's mother dies, and he is left to care for his mentally ill father all on this own. He's keeping it to himself because he refuses to let his father be locked up. To keep it a secret, Jason's learned not to have any friends, so to keep himself company, he's invited an amusing cast of characters in his own head. There is "Fat Bald Guy With Mustache" who is funny and series, "Aunt Bea" (from Andy Griffith) who is ...more
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was a little bit worried when I looked inside the book and saw what appeared to be script-like dialogue in places. I was scared to even begin reading because I do not love reading plays or scripts. However, on closer examination, I realized that each script-like reference was a character inside the main character's head adding its own version of events to the narrative. I decided to give this book a try anyway, and I'm very glad I did.

I love anything psychologically based, so I fell in love wi
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Han Nolan is widely acclaimed for her evocative language, her gritty subject matter, and her ability to plumb the psyche of her characters. Her books include Dancing on the Edge, which won the National Book Award, Send Me own a Miracle, a finalist for the National Book Award, Born Blue, A Summer of Kings, and several other acclaimed novels. She and her husband live on the East Coast.
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“If only his mind were as easy to fix as his body.” 69 likes
“...I thought it was safer and easier to be one my own. But I don't think I was to be invisible anymore because-because it's lonely, and I don't want to be lonely. I don't want to be alone.” 16 likes
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