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.
The Problem With Crazy
by Lauren K. McKellar
Crazy in Love #1
February 12, 2014
I have been finding some really good books lately due to all the great blogs I have been following lately. That’s where I found this one, and I completely loved it-so much in fact that I have already read the second one, titled, Eleven Weeks, and it was just as good.
Kate is a young Australian girl getting ready for her graduation. When her father ruins the ceremony, that’s nothing compared to what is coming in Kate’s life. It turns out that her father has a horrible disease, and it’s hereditary. Kate has a fifty percent chance that she will develop the same disease. Her wannabe rocker boyfriend doesn’t take it well, to say the least. He’s not exactly a nice guy.This is not a simple story, and a lot happens. Eventually,Kate meets a guy named, Lachlan, at her new job. What follow is a sweet love story between the two. But, this is way more then just a romance.
Kate was a good character as a girl who hasn’t been happy with her father for awhile. When he comes back into her life, all of a sudden, she has to become one of his caretakers. Kate’s journey of acceptance of her father being back in her life, of his horrible illness, and consequently the possibility of also having the same disease, was nothing short of fascinating. Kate isn’t a cookie cutter character. She might have been in her previous life, but her life now is almost unrecognizable. Lachlan, was a wonderful character. He’s all about new life experiences due to his own illness and recovery. He is a major part of Kate’s journey, and I found him to be the best part. Kate’s best friend Stacey is the quintessential party girl, the most popular, and the prettiest. She has a part to play in this book, and I liked her part a lot. At times, she is Kate’s voice of reason, her reason to get up in the morning, at other times she isn’t around, and I wondered about that. Turns out she has her own story-the next book, Eleven Weeks. It was a great story,and where she was,does get explained.
This story wrings out every feeling possible from the reader. It runs the gamut from embarrassment, disbelief, heartbreak, new love, and loss. At times, I was shocked, maddened, and at other times, on the verge of tears-and I am not a crier when I read books usually. I couldn’t put this book down, and enjoyed the story immensely. I can’t think of one thing that I hated about this book! 5 stars for sure, if we still rated that way.
Highly recommended to ages older teens to adults, probably 16 plus, that like a wonderful emotional, but romantic read. I have already bought the third book,The Problem With Heartache, which also features Kate as the main character-can’t wait to get started on it!
The review copy of The Problem With Crazy was purchased by the reviewer.
ABOUT AUTHOR LAUREN M. MCKELLAR
Lauren McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, editing a national magazine named PETS, which is cute, fluffy and fun, as well as editing manuscripts that range from sweet romance to raunchy thrillers.
Lauren loves to write for the Young and New Adult markets, and her debut novel, Finding Home, is a YA Contemporary. She is a member of the YA Rebels (vlog) and the Aussie Owned and Read blogging team. In her free time, Lauren enjoys long walks on the beach with her two super-cute dogs and her partner-in-crime/fiancé.