MY KIND OF CRAZYAuthor: Robin Reul
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
The main takeaway from this story is that everyone deserves a chance and everyone is capable of love, even if they have never received it before. Also, don't set fires. And if you light a candle make sure you blow it out before even closing your eyes for sleep. Pinky promise me you will do this.
I loved that the story was predictable and yet not. I guessed some of the things that were to happen but others caught me by surprise. It kept me flipping page after page (well, tapping at the end of my screen) so I could keep going. I willed myself to read faster (I finished the book in a little less than 2 hours) and it still wasn't fast enough. This story had me captivated from the get-go and I didn't WANT to put it down.
The characters are so well rounded and I think all the choices they made had logical sense and purpose. Was I a little disappointed in their actions? Sometimes, but not because I was like "No, Hank/Nick/Peyton/Amanda wouldn't do this" but because I was like "HANK/NICK/PEYTON/AMANDA WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?" I was like a mama bird watching my little flock trying to fly: I was worried they would nose dive and not soar above the clouds.
I'm sorry I didn't update more while reading but I read chapter one and then didn't stop. This is one of those feel good but make you cry kind of books and I just can't wait for everyone else to read it. The writing is phenomenal and will have you burning through the pages to be able to read more (see what I did there?). I love love love this one and I want to thank past!Jamie for already having pre-ordered this one. I highly recommend you all do the same.