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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Feb. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547577281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547577289
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "Nolan leavens this haunting but hopeful story with spot-on humor and a well developed cast of characters, and she shows with moving clarity the emotional costs of mental illness, especially on teens forced to parent their own parents."--Booklist, starred review

* "In this distinct and effective blend of sorrow and humor, Jason, once invisible to his classmates and used to the chaos at home, suffers the effects of change when he's enrolled in a lunch-hour group therapy with other wayward teens and his father is taken away...he slowly learns, with the help of his new friends and foster parents, normalcy and how to care for himself first."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

HAN NOLAN is the author of the National Book Award winner Dancing on the Edge, the National Book Award finalist Send Me Down a Miracle, Born Blue, and several other acclaimed novels. She and her husband live in the South.
www.hannolan.com 

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Format: Hardcover
Memories from before his mother died and before his father went crazy are the only things keeping Jason going, but his grasp on reality may be slipping. A cast of characters inhabit his mind; their voices constantly whisper commentary on his every thought and action.

Jason's life is a complicated mess. He's trying to keep up his grades, write for the advice column of the school newspaper, and keep an eye on his father. It had always been his mother's responsibility to keep track of his father's erratic behavior, but she's gone. Now, Jason is in charge of damage control when his father dons his Greek war helmet as he rants and raves against the Furies who he believes killed his wife and are out to destroy him.

The stress of juggling both his own life and his father's has Jason talking to the voices in his own mind. Giving him advice, criticism, and sometimes comfort are characters named Crazy Glue, Fat Bald Guy with a Mustache, Aunt Bee, Sexy Lady, and Laugh Track. They are his only "friends" - until he joins a therapy group at school and finds he does have other people who are there to provide support and encouragement.

It is not easy for Jason to open up to strangers, but when his fellow group members pitch in to help when it is revealed that his father has stolen a multi-million dollar violin, Jason learns the true value of friendship. When things get so bad that his only recourse is to admit his father needs medical help, his new friends continue to cheer him on.

CRAZY is the story of a young teen's struggle to keep together what's left of his family. Author Han Nolan uses the unique voices in Jason's head to vividly portray the emotional torment he experiences as he watches his own father crumbling before him. Readers will come to know and love Jason and admire his courage and determination to hold it all together under unbearable circumstances.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great Read May 28 2013
By H.Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like books that come to a happy ending and I would recommend this book for teenagers and I rated this high because it is just and awesome book
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Crazy Beautiful Sept. 30 2010
By Angela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Crazy is just what the titles leads you to believe it will be, absolutely crazy! Jason's mother dies, and he is left to care for his mentally ill father all on this own. He's keeping it to himself because he refuses to let his father be locked up. To keep it a secret, Jason's learned not to have any friends, so to keep himself company, he's invited an amusing cast of characters in his own head. There is "Fat Bald Guy With Mustache" who is funny and series, "Aunt Bea" (from Andy Griffith) who is the sweet grandmotherly type of influence, "Sexy Lady" who spends most of the book reassuring Jason how hot he is, and Crazy Glue who is the teenager who tends to push Jason to do things he doesn't want to.

This book was a lot of fun, and although it had the heavy topic of a father with a mental disorder, and a teen who ends up in foster care, it still moved along at a quick pace and never really felt to heavy or emotionally draining. The words really flowed through this story and I would find myself sitting down to read for just a few minutes and having to make myself put it down after a full hour has past.

Jason is a great lead character, strong, independent, and yet still has to learn that sometimes you can't take care of everything all on your own. The "group" of real kids that Jason meets in therapy were a great cast and so much fun. They were a ragtag crew that I would have liked to hang out with when I was in school.

It was very easy to relate with one or all of the characters in this book. Even if you didn't/don't have to deal with the same issues they do, the point is, we all have something going on in our lives that we sometimes need help getting through. Overall, this was a fast and very enjoyable read and I will be looking for more books by Han Nolan in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Greek Chorus Is Crazy Aug. 11 2010
By Ken C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Seasoned YA writer Han Nolan is back with a book tackling a tough topic (mental illness) with sensitivity and humor. Humor, you ask? The conceit she has happily stumbled upon takes a page out of drama-writing school as she gives "voice" to five characters the young protagonist, 15-year-old Jason, hears in his head. As the real-time action and dialogue unfold, these voices inject their own opinions like a modern Greek chorus, and Nolan uses their names followed by the colon, just as in a play script.

Jason lost his mother to a stroke and now is contending with a father who suffers from a swiftly-deteriorating mental illness. In a house with little food, heat, or cleanliness, the situation becomes dire and the "voices" become shrill. Jason, who invented the voices "for company" in 5th grade, knows them as Fat Bald Guy (FBG), Sexy Lady, Aunt Bee, Crazy Glue, and Laugh Track. Each has its own personality, by turns sarcastic, critical, supportive, nurturing, mocking, irrelevant, and funny. They help him get by as crisis follows crisis, and at times amuse the reader as well.

The narrative arc of the book follows attempts by Jason's high school friends -- Shelby, Pete, Haze, and school psychologist Dr. Gomez -- to help both Jason and his dad. Also in the mix are foster families, courts, and hospitals. But the real attraction is not so much the plot as the characterization. And, of course, the essential question: just who is crazy here and who gets to define what it looks like? Overall, this is a creative and compelling outing for Nolan which will appeal to readers interested in psychology, social workers, and teens under duress.
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Nov. 5 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Memories from before his mother died and before his father went crazy are the only things keeping Jason going, but his grasp on reality may be slipping. A cast of characters inhabit his mind; their voices constantly whisper commentary on his every thought and action.

Jason's life is a complicated mess. He's trying to keep up his grades, write for the advice column of the school newspaper, and keep an eye on his father. It had always been his mother's responsibility to keep track of his father's erratic behavior, but she's gone. Now, Jason is in charge of damage control when his father dons his Greek war helmet as he rants and raves against the Furies who he believes killed his wife and are out to destroy him.

The stress of juggling both his own life and his father's has Jason talking to the voices in his own mind. Giving him advice, criticism, and sometimes comfort are characters named Crazy Glue, Fat Bald Guy with a Mustache, Aunt Bee, Sexy Lady, and Laugh Track. They are his only "friends" - until he joins a therapy group at school and finds he does have other people who are there to provide support and encouragement.

It is not easy for Jason to open up to strangers, but when his fellow group members pitch in to help when it is revealed that his father has stolen a multi-million dollar violin, Jason learns the true value of friendship. When things get so bad that his only recourse is to admit his father needs medical help, his new friends continue to cheer him on.

CRAZY is the story of a young teen's struggle to keep together what's left of his family. Author Han Nolan uses the unique voices in Jason's head to vividly portray the emotional torment he experiences as he watches his own father crumbling before him. Readers will come to know and love Jason and admire his courage and determination to hold it all together under unbearable circumstances.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Mental Kaleidoscope Oct. 14 2010
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
'Just 'cause you feel so good do you have to drive me out of my head?" -- Rolling Stones, 1965 from "Get Off My Cloud"

Jason, 15 has coped with mental illness all of his life. His psychotic father tried to bury him alive when he was a very young child. Motherless since early childhood, (the boy's mother died of a stroke), Jason and his father live in a hovel where food and heat are scarce.

Jason has a Greek-chorus of 5 distinct characters vying for his attention in his mind. He calls them FBG (Fat Bald Guy); Aunt Bee (from the 1960-1967 TV series "The Andy Griffith Show); Sexy Lady; Krazy Glue and Laugh Track. Each of these imaginary characters are separate and distinct. The book is written in play format where these 5 voices are concerned with their comments prefaced by their name, e.g. Sexy Lady: and followed by a colon and their comment.

In reading this, one almost expects to see the notations for "strophe" and "anti-strophe" as this book does, indeed, read like a Greek tragedy in places.

As Jason's real life goes into a downward spiral, his phantom voices become more strident and shrill. They have been a part of the boy's psyche since he was 10 and in 5th grade. Lacking "real" friends, the boy gets by with a little help from his phantom friends, the chorus of 5 that only he can see and hear.

Luckily, Jason meets some REAL friends who step up to the plate for him and his rapidly deteriorating deeper into psychosis father. Agencies and hospitals are part of this story, including foster homes. The question that this book leaves open for readers is just who is REALLY crazy here? It is obvious that the boy's father is severely mentally ill. In reading this, it seems that the boy is also. Mental illness has a genetic base. Many people with severe psychosis often have family members who have been affected as well, such as the case of young Jani Schofield (b.2002) and whose hallucinations and violent behavior are alarming in their severity. (Jani's father Michael Schofield has said that mental illness runs in his family and his wife's as well.)

Psychosis, like any other condition is as varied as there are individuals who have it. Jason appears to be moderately psychotic and is very convincingly so. Fortunately he does not have the more severe aspects of this mental illness such as dangerous delusions, self-harm and violence.

The book is written in a humorous tone and will keep readers riveted from the first page.


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