The Problem with Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar


Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Published on: February 13th, 2014
Series: Crazy in Love #1
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Fiction
Published by: Lauren McKellar
ISBN: 0992452414
Pages: 298


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.


Starting this I knew it was going to be a cheesy, romantic chick-lit with some dramatic problem that keeps the male and female leads from being together until everything ultimately comes together in the end.

I’ve read plenty of those books, so I wasn’t very keen when I started. When I finally did begin reading it though, I found myself stuck. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. I even stayed up late a few times just to keep reading. Which isn’t unusual for most people, but I’m a college student, and sacrificing sleep for leisure activities is rare.

It was a nice easy read, the language suitable for ages 12+ or so. The content however, probably more 16+.There are curse words in there, not a plethora, but a bit. The characters were cute and most had likable personalities. I really enjoyed how they portrayed the male antagonist and how that view of him stayed the same. I was definitely enjoying the story and thought I knew what was going to happen in the end.

But I didn’t. It hit me out of no where, and when I read it, I found myself reading it again and again. I actually shed a tear or two. The story didn’t end there, it kept going through the turmoil and the pain, and I got to suffer along with the characters.

The ending was something that wasn’t expected until I had read about 2 paragraphs above. It’s a bit cliche, and a cliffhanger, but the kind that leaves more interpretation up to the reader, but clear enough you understand where the author is trying to go.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was typical chick-lit for a while, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s just not my ultimate favorite kind of genre. I’d probably recommend this to my friends who like the fluffy cute romances, probably 17-18 years of age.

4 out of 5 stars


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