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 lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.
This book was both funny and sad. I agree with that part. It was creative as well. And this book was pretty good. I enjoyed the plot and the pacing of the story, as well as the ideas and Jason himself as he grew past the life he had made for himself.
However, this book very nearly drove me insane with it’s format. I had a little bit of a headache when I read this story, so I guess that didn’t help either.
What basically happens is the book ends up showing Jason’s life as he talks to his three (four?) imaginary friends and his laugh track. With the format and the second person format talking to four (five?) other people, this book just continually annoyed me as I was reading it.
Eventually, I came to a kind of uneven peace with it. And I liked how it contributed and added to the story as Jason was telling it. But when I was reading it, it drove me a little nuts.
I really liked Jason’s support group and the way he eventually grew to appreciate them. A heartwarming and heartbreaking story that I liked, but probably won’t read again. And it’s certainly not for everyone…. 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 352