The Problem With Crazy (Crazy In Love, #1)

The Problem With Crazy (Crazy In Love, #1)

by Lauren K. McKellar

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The problem with crazy was that crazy, by itself, had no context. It could 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 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. It's about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

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BN ID: 2940148211532
Publisher: Lauren K. McKellar
Publication date: 02/13/2014
Series: Crazy In Love , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 120,075
File size: 662 KB

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The Problem With Crazy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BecsL More than 1 year ago
The Problem With Crazy simply blew me away. The synopsis does not do justice to the emotional journey within the pages of this story. The beginning of the story starts off slow, setting the scene for the life-altering changes that our heroine, Kate, will have to face. Kate’s life is turned upside-down when her father comes back into the picture, suffering from an illness that will eventually steal his life. An illness she could inherit. I fell for the characters in this story over the course of their journey. Kate is struggling with all the changes and challenges in her life, but she continues to push forward. She was always real and raw. Lachlan is a beautiful soul who has seen his share of obstacles and has found peace with his life. I found myself desperately wanting him to help Kate find her way. Creating a story about disease and illness is difficult to say the least. The writer walks a fine line between sounding like a medical textbook and not realizing the full potential of those patients’ stories. This story deals with these issues with incredible respect and sensitivity. The Problem With Crazy is not the end of the story, but it doesn’t end on a huge cliffhanger that will make you hate waiting for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story; easy quick read with a meaning and hope.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story...if you want to smack this girl in the beginning then you will be surprised how much you love her in the end. Thank you for this experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and the well developed characters. Sad but also engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had potential but i felt that the writer lost her way towards the end. It just did not go with the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I am trying to think of the best way to discribe this and I can't because every bit of this book is gripping. You meet Kate and you want so desperatly for things to work for her. You want her to figure things out and you want her to find love. You meet Lachlan and he is the boy you dream about. The one you want to turn to and make it all better. You meet the dad and your heart breaks for the man who is characterized by everyone but really he is the one who understands the most. This story is about all kinds of emotions. For me its about strength. And I highly recommend this book and this author. She writes so beautifully about a disease that people don't realize, and effects a disease can have on families. But more than that its about the bonds that people have with eachother and helping eachother through the trying times.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since a book as affected me this much. Everything from the story to the characters sliced right through me. The Problem with Crazy is about hope as much as it is heartbreak and I think that's what sets it apart from other books in the genre that it will inevitably be compared to. An Australian The Fault in Our Stars, except not really. Inside of a week, Kate's father shows up drunk at her graduation and embarrasses her, she discovers he has a fatal, incurable disease that affects his behavior, and her boyfriend of two years dumps her, leaving her with no post-graduation plans, since she was supposed to go on tour with him and his band. Oh yeah, and that fatal disease her father has? Yeah, that's genetic. Plot The plot centers around Kate coming to terms with her father's illness and the potential that she's inherited the disease, the end of her relationship, and what, if any future she has. How do you plan your life when you may not have long to live? When she runs into a strange yet adorable boy, Lachlan, who believes in doing everything once just to try it, she begins to see her world in different terms than just now and later. To let go of the uncertainty of the future and live in the moment. The interactions with Lachlan are where the story soars into the stratosphere. These are the moments when Kate lets down her guard and just lives. Where she thinks about the world outside herself rather than being caged inside her own mind. Where she can forget for a small moment in time that life is uncertain. World Building The small Australian beach town where Kate lives comes alive with all five senses as Lauren McKellar weaves in enough detail to put us squarely in the middle of the scene. I've never been to Australia, but I almost feel as if I have. I started this book a few days after our Australian exchange student went back home, not even realizing the setting. But it was like having a little piece of Gaby still here with us as I read the familiar Australian expressions and the mention of Tim Tams (which are just as good as you've heard, by the way.) Characters The book is largely character driven and the characters are...just, wow. Lachlan is the boy by which all other boys will be judged in young adult/new adult novels. And I can tell you now, no one will ever come close, and this makes me both happy and sad, because the world needs more Lachlans, but also because he's one of  a kind which makes him eternally exceptional. Top Five Things I Loved About  The Problem with Crazy 1. The first time Kate meets Lachlan. Their initial meeting is as adorable as it gets and it showcases Lachlan in all his Lachlan-ness, sealing him in my heart forever. 2. Lachlan's art. The way he memorializes every one of his "firsts" in black and white is just another thing that makes him remarkable. 3. The way Lachlan stands up to Dave in the restaurant. Dave is a complete douche. How Kate never knew this in two years of dating is beyond me, but Lachlan figures it out in about two seconds and his response is awesome. 4. Michael. Just because I don't want this to be all about Lachlan (even though it really is). His loyalty to Kate and Stacey, at the expense of his position in the band, makes him one of the really good guys. 5. Lachlan. Because really, he's just that amazing. Bottom Line The Problem with Crazy is heartbreakingly beautiful. It ripped my heart out, shredded it, and left me bereft, before slowly rebuilding it, piece by agonizing piece, leaving me hopeful. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
jukelley More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. The “Problem with Crazy” is book one in Lauren McKellar’s Crazy in Love series and the first of her books I’ve ever read. It is also the hardest book I’ve had to review in a long time. I can’t decide how high I want to rate it. I loved it to a point. Then, I hated it and Ms. McKellar. Seriously, I was so angry, I couldn’t feel the overwhelming sadness that I was supposed to feel…and that made me angrier. Halfway or so into the book, I KNEW what was coming. Without reading a single review, I knew what was going to happen, knew I was going to hate it, but the story was SOOOOOOO good. I read, praying I was wrong and that Ms. McKellar wasn’t the evil author I knew she was going to be. I couldn’t help myself. The thing is, I felt it was so unnecessary. Everyone in the story was already dealing with so many sad, depressing issues. I felt that this last thing was a dump of crappier crappiness that life dealt everyone. I skimmed the rest of the chapter until I got to the next part of the story, where everyone was trying to move forward. At that point, I was able to read again, but I didn’t fall into the rest of the story like I did the first ~80%. Yet, even now, I’m pissed off. If the story made me feel that strongly, does it deserve a higher rating? Outside of the unnecessary thing from above, I really did love the story. It wasn’t a light, easy read, but I felt (for the most part) it was real. The main character, Kate (18) and her mom are dealing with a lot. I read some of the reviews last night (to see if anyone else was as pissed as I was; they weren’t), and some felt that Kate was immature and selfish, but I felt as if her actions and thought process regarding her dad and his illness were very believable. She was selfish and immature at times, exactly like most teenagers would be, especially considering her dad had walked out on them the year before, and more recently, came to her high school graduation drunk. Finding out why someone does something doesn’t make you instantly change your perception and feelings. In the end, I’m going with four stars. Any book that can ruin my birthday, making me cry myself to sleep, was written by an author who knows how to draw a reader in. I have the second book in the series, and I’m scared to read it. I don’t want my heart to break again, but I do want to fall in love with characters. So, I’ll start it tonight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very hard to put into words why I won't read another book by this author without telling too much of the story...