Saturday, March 21, 2015

Barb's Book Review... The Problem with Crazy

The Problem With Crazy (Crazy in Love, #1)
The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy ... or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.
A mystery illness that she could inherit.
Kate has to convince everyone around her that her father is sick, not crazy. But who will be harder to convince? Her friends? Or herself?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.


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The first line of this book needs to be put on t-shirts and billboards everywhere.. cause yeah it’s just one of those statements people need to get. “The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context.” (laughs) Crazy is just… many things. There are many kinds of crazy. Not all are bad. And well some are just...out there in left field. And, you may think someone is ‘crazy’ for the way they act, or talk but you can't always judge a book by its cover. Everything is not always as it seems. This story is full of emotions that sneak up on you and slap your face...but they also make you think and see what life has to offer isn’t always so bad.

***small spoiler alert***

The thing about life is.. its like searching through a box of cracker jacks or cereal for a surprise in the bottom. You never know what you are going to pull out. Will it be a sticker, a ring or a magic 8 ball that will tell you its secrets. Its not something you can’t predict. Kate learns that when she thinks she has her life all planned out. She will graduate, go on tour with her rocker boyfriend and get out of this town. But, life isn’t that easy. When her dad shows up at her graduation and makes a scene… everyone, Kate included thinks he is drunk. He isn’t drunk. And she finds that out later that night when he mom comes home with her dad.  Her dad is sick and has been away the last year, not drunk somewhere but in a treatment center. He has Huntington’s disease. Its like a wrecking ball comes and hits Kate.

How would she deal with the news of this? How could he have kept this from them? So many questions to ask but when her boyfriend Dave comes over and gets pissy that her dads there she has to tell him. And that the night wasn’t bad enough already her mother and father tell Kate Huntington’s in hereditary. There is a chance that she could get it. So, while she should be getting ready for a two week tour with her boyfriend and his band she now has her dad's illness and impending death on her mind. There is an obvious strain between her and Dave (the boyfriend) the next night at their first show of the tour. (He is kind of an ass to start with so.. yeah) They had agreed to ‘go all the way’ that night after the concert. But so much has been on her mind not to mention all the new ‘jealous’ girlfriend thoughts that their night together doesn’t happen. Dave throws a bitch fit and kicks her out. They are over. (She’s better off without the ass.. my opinion totally but I am right.. lol)

The next thing she knows she is waking up in her car, then changing into workout clothes and heading off to see a counselor. her mom thought she needed someone to talk to about Huntington’s and maybe having a professional, one who knows the ins and outs of the disease could help her cope and get through this better. Well.. Kate isn’t all that into opening up but she tries. Its what happens after the appointment that will come back to pinch her cheeks later. She meets a stranger outside of the building.. well he catches her stretching to run. After her appointment she is wound tighter than a watch. The guy (mr. tall, dark and creepy) comments about her ass and she snaps back. Who wouldn’t right? Well about a week later when Kate walks into a coffee shop with her dad guess who is behind the counter? Yes, Mr. tall, dark and creepy. Though he is kinda cute, even if she isn’t wanting to admit it just yet.

As he makes her coffee he chats. He is a chatty one, this one. And out of the blue he mentions they have a job opening. Between their appointments (his and his brother’s) at the clinic in Sydney, they could use help. this strikes a chord with her since she needs a part time job so she can help her mom out. When she isn't with her dad she can get away and make some money too. When she comes back she meets Tall, dark and creepie’s brother, Johnny. She still did not know tall, dark and creepys name.. and no one offered to fix that, yet. By the end of the ‘trial’ period Johnny was ready to hire her. She had done a good job. It was after Johnny left that she learned tall, dark and creepys name. Lachlan. And her ‘attraction’ to him set her off on a course to just run from him. And that is what she did. (laughs) Poor girl.

A friendship of sorts starts to bloom between Lachlan and Kate, even if she tries to ignore it at first. But thanks to Lachlan Kate starts to see things in a different light. Lachlan who likes to capture his ‘firsts’ helps her relax a bit after work one day by taking her.. skinny dipping not far from her house. (laughs) After that things with Kate and her family, mainly her dad are still strained. She is not coping well with the disease that is slowly taking the father that she knows away from her. When her friend Stacey goes with her one day to the cafe where she works she sees Lachlan and the wheels start turning. Stacey invites Lachlan to the restaurant where they were meeting Micheal later. Of course he agrees. The night, which started good, ends with the four of them being over shadowed by Dave and his swedish whore. He (Dave) did nothing but bad mouth Kate from the time he sat down. To the point that Kate excused herself and walked out.

What was going to be a very bad night, was made better when Kate found Lachlan waiting on her outside the public bathroom where she had been trying to calm herself. He walks her home and the night ends with a kiss. A first kiss between them both. With a promise of more. When Kate’s father is the hospital Lachlan comes over since she doesn’t want to be alone. And again, Dave manages to ruin their time together when a song comes on. It upsets her but its Lachlan that is there to hold her together. Make it all better for the time being. Then, the unthinkable happens. A life is taken, not that anyone is ever ready, but it was such a shock it sends Kate into a tail spin… but then she has to charge ahead. Life goes on, no matter how hard it is. You live one day at a time and make them count. Your firsts are what you have to remember, as they only happen once. Take the bull by the horns and ride on into the sunset.

There are many moments in this novel where I was in tears, but there were many laughs and surprises as well. If you haven’t read it I suggest you do so. Its a great story that I am sure many persons can sympathise with.  

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