Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Published on April 5th 2016
Genres: Comedy, Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Young Adult
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Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.
I went into this now knowing much but the mishap with the prom invite kind of made me laugh and think it would be pretty fun. It was a fun ride and one I completed easily in one sitting but it was also kind of dark at times. Reul nicely balance the line of humorous and serious well. I mean trying to ask out a girl you like in sparklers and then setting things on fire is kind of a great epic fail but to then meet a strange loaner who thinks you are a pyromaniac is a pretty interesting turn of events. While his crush begins a search for the one who started the fire we see the quirky friendship that develops between these characters.
She holds up a pair of red tassels like a victory prize. “Thank God! I thought I lost these. Gotta give’em what they like, right? These always translate into big tips.”
“Right.” Jesus. Does anyone else have conversations like this with their father’s girlfriend? I’m pretty sure the answer is no.
Hank was a pretty typical and average teen guy going through some things not so typical but having a rather hilarious outlook on life despite it. Still he was captured in a very real way and I felt like he could have been any number of the guys I went to school with. Authentic. Peyton on the other hand is an enigma and we keep trying to peel back the layers and get to the real and solid her. She has her secrets and her life is pretty messed up, that much is clear, and watching as her and Hank connect and bond is fun. What starts out as fear of being turned in, turns into a unique type of friendship that was fun to watch develop.
“Everything beautiful can be ugly, and everything ugly can be beautiful. It’s all perspective.”
My Kind of Crazy manages to be so many things and while being humorous to the point of almost dropping ones kindle unable to hold it in a fit of giggles; it has a much deeper subject matter from alcoholism, self-harm, neglect, and grief without being bogged down. It was fast paced and as the title states, a bit crazy. But then, who isn’t a little crazy these days!
That’s all I can say. Discovering who these characters are and their mishaps and adventures is the fun part. Start it and you won’t be able to put it down.
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