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My Kind of Crazy

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My Kind of Crazy

Wouldn’t you want to get asked to the prom? What if you asked someone out to prom with a sparkler-filled spectacle and everything went wrong? Meet Hank Kirby, a 17-year-old high school student. When Hank tries to ask Amanda Carlisle to the prom, he fails miserably and ends up burning down her front lawn. What he finds to be a complete and utter failure, Amanda finds romantic and goes on a search to find the mysterious boy who tried to ask her to prom. Meanwhile, Hank meets Peyton Breedlove, who saw him setting Carlisle’s lawn on fire. As time passes, Hank learns more about Peyton’s difficult life at home and grows to care for her.
 
Robin Reul’s MY KIND OF CRAZY explores the themes of growing up, in addition to the topics of self-identity and family. Both Peyton and Hank have problems with their parents at home, and they each find ways to help each other cope with the difficulties of living in a troubled home. All seriousness aside, this novel was absolutely hilarious at times, with the humorous moments vastly outweighing any others. I felt that there was a nice mix of emotions that came with this novel.
 
"This book is fast-paced, honest, funny and overall, just real. Although you can't expect someone to actually light sparklers for a promposal, the kinds of issues the characters deal with are very relatable."
This book is fast-paced, honest, funny and overall, just real. Although you can't expect someone to actually light sparklers for a promposal, the kinds of issues the characters deal with are very relatable. I could feel that the characters were authentic, and I especially loved this story as narrated by Hank. As a narrator, Hank was witty and amusing to read, and seeing him act in the story was even more of a treat.
 
My only complaint would be that I wish there was less about the romance plot in the novel, and more about how Hank and Peyton fight off their problems and learn how to deal with them. This, however, is mostly a personal issue, as I am not a huge fan of romance novels.
 
I recommend this novel for anyone in the mood for a fast-paced and entertaining read. Also, I’d like to just talk about the fact that the cover is absolutely gorgeous; the title being written in sparklers was a great addition to the overall feel of the book. This fun novel is a great read to get your mind off of upcoming exam-season.

Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board Member on April 26, 2016

My Kind of Crazy
by Robin Reul