{Bee Reviews} My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul ~ A Funny, Honest & Diverse Contemporary

Posted April 4, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

{Bee Reviews} My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul ~ A Funny, Honest & Diverse Contemporary

My Kind of Crazy


by Robin Reul
Published on April 5th 2016
by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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 received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

What is up with all these good contemporaries this year? I’m scared for the day when this lucky streak is going to run out. Though My Kind of Crazy isn’t quite up there with some of the other recent YA Contemporary books I’ve read, it’s still pretty high up on the list. Speaking off, this will be another list review, as I find it easier to explain my feels about this particular book in that way.

  • I really loved the overall story. There was originality to it and a lot of diverse elements, which I always celebrate. It deals with things like poverty and mental illness and abuse while avoiding stereotypes. Though one could argue that Nick and his italian family are stereotypes, but if you know typical italian families (which I do, hi boyfriend’s family!), they are all walking stereotypes so. Yay diversity!
  • I also loved the characters. I was surprised how much I ended up liking some of them, like Hank’s dad and his girlfriend Monica. Hank’s dad grows so much throughout this book and he’s just a side-character! Monica ended up being totally awesome and sweet. I even liked Amanda, the popular girl Hank has a crush on. She was actually pretty nice. Nick was a really good friend for Hank and I loved their dynamics. I liked all the relationships in this book, really.
  • Of course Hank and Peyton are the most important characters of the story. Yes, I did love both of them individually. They both come from a messed-up home and they understand each other. Hank grows a lot in this book and I’m so proud of him! And Peyton too! I love them both, individually. Together? Well…
  • While I did root for them as a couple and I liked their romance, sometimes the pacing of it felt all over the place. Does that make sense? Probably not. Sometimes it went too fast and then it went back a step or two again. Could be just me though.
  • The writing was really good. There was tons of humor, which I love! Hank’s voice was so real and I really felt for him! This book is funny, but also quite emotional at times because of the aforementioned issues it deals with. Though maybe those emotional moments don’t always hit quite as hard as they should with me.
  • The drama levels spiked a bit too high sometimes. Some of those were necessary, but others felt a bit too much. The book would’ve still been great without some of those drama moments.

Overall, My Kind of Crazy is a funny, diverse, pretty original and honest book that deals with some tough issues without beating you over the head with moral lessons. Another YA Contemporary I recommend to fans of this genre.

Bee

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