Release Date: December 28th 2014
Rate: Loved it (5 stars)
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 is a sweet New Adult/Young Adult romance story that has the power to break your heart, make you smile and ache with the characters throughout the whole story.
What happens when you discover that your dad has a horrible disease that will make him lose his mind? Well, the struggle is awful, and that's something the main character in The Problem With Crazy has to go through. But her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her because he doesn't want to have a girlfriend with an hereditary disease. She loses her chance to tour with her boyfriend's band, her former boyfriend and she's about to lose her dad. When you have reached the bottom, what drives you to keep living your disastrous life?
I can't tell you the level of emotions this book can cause to the reader. I instantly liked the main character. Kate is one of those characters with a bit sense of humor, good, strong and with the complains of a normal teenager. So you are instantly invested in what's about to happen. You suffer with Kate, laugh with her, cry with her and worry with her. She teaches us readers the value of life and how we need to appreciate the little moments in life. But she's a teenager and her fears and anger towards the disease, towards her dad and her boyfriend are understandable and real. It's something that a person will go through in her situation and it's one of the main things that make her an amazing character.
The side characters in the story are also important, like Kate's best friend, Stacey, and her boyfriend's best friend, Michael, who they both will be the main characters in the second book in the series, but her boyfriend is also important in Kate's struggle. Needless to say that he's a complete and utter jerk and ends up hurting Kate in a lot of scenes throughout the story.
Lachlan is the optimistic and kind of a life coach in this story. He's sweet, funny, friendly and lovable. He makes Kate see that while her life might suck she's still living and can make something out of it. He was definitely my favorite character in this story and oh, boy, the feels. I'm not saying anything else because I always try to keep the reviews spoiler free, but once you read the book you'll understand me.
I actually cried with this book. Like ugly crying, guys, and I was in a public place. So my recommendation? Read the book right now, but somewhere you won't mind crying out like a baby. I think this book might have ruined my future reads for the level of feelings and awesomeness there's in Kate's story.
Perfect for all the fans of The Fault in Our Stars, this is your kind of story! With an amazing, unexpected and full of emotions plot, The Problem With Crazy will make you cry, laugh and will definitely teach you a lesson about living the life we have and appreciating the little moments.
Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now.
As well as being a magazine editor for a national audited publication on pet care, Lauren works as a freelance editor for independent authors, and was a Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013.
Lauren is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and is obsessed with words--she likes the way they work.
She lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her fiance and their two super-cute puppies.