Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My Kind of Crazy was a good story full of all the right emotions, honest characters, and a few shocking twists!

"It's like they transform from being beautiful to ugly and distorted. There's a different kind of beauty in that, I think. Everything beautiful can be ugly, and everything ugly can be beautiful. It's all perspective."

This book is hilarious! We meet our main character, Hank, as he is lighting the sparklers he's using to spell out 'PROM' for his crush. . . I immediately loved the guy! Hank is hilarious, down-to-earth, and I related to him on a certain level thanks to his love for comics and drawing. Of course there is more to him than being a lovable guy, and we soon find out more about his past and all of the baggage he carries around with him.

His "epic" promposal does not go as planned, and the sparklers cause a fire in his crush's yard.. and there is only one other person who witnessed all of his craziness from that night firsthand. Peyton Breedlove. Peyton was a bit harder for me to fall in love with - although she was incredibly truthful and real, I just couldn't connect with her as much as I did with Hank. By the end of the book everything about her makes more sense though and I ended up enjoying her character.

As the story progresses, Hank and Peyton's lives intertwine more as their friendship begins to grow. Their friendship was one of my favorite parts about this book because it was so relatable to how I used to feel around new, unexpected friends while in high school, so I loved it. They continue to run into trouble as they learn more about each other and their past.

Which brings me to all of the tough issues this book tackles. . . There are a few and I'm not going to mention what they are but I really felt like each of them were portrayed well and with care. I've read a lot of YA contemporaries lately that have dealt with tough issues, and I'm happy to add My Kind of Crazy to the list of yet another book that found a way to deal with such issues in a beautiful way.

The story wraps up great. It did feel a bit rushed for me, and I wanted a little more to it because the message of this story is truly inspiring. . . but this book was a quick read and having a quick ending to it didn't surprise me. Robin Reul is a fantastic writer. I am so happy to have met Hank Kirby because he's now one of my favorite characters and I think his story is something special.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn't want to give too much away just because I think this is one of those books where you should enjoy the story as Reul unfolds it for you page by page. . . but its a good one guys. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporaries or is looking for a book that deals with tough issues yet has its funny moments as well!

* Quotes listed above are subject to change.


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