Parents' Guide to


By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Edgy story of bipolar teen and the boy who loves her.

Crazy Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (3 ):

Author Amy Reed takes on a difficult task with CRAZY in trying to make a series of letters between two teens come alive for readers. This format zaps some of the energy from the story, and the book ends up feeling overly long. Even so, readers will get a good primer on what it's like to have bipolar disorder -- or to love someone who does. Even as Izzy learns to deal with her diagnosis, she knows that "anything can trigger an episode -- stress, too much caffeine, not enough sleep, lack of a consistent schedule, arguments with loved ones, loss of a pet, a loud noise, too many donuts, clowns, roller skating. Maybe not the last few, but you see what I mean."

Crazy may seem a bit too issue-oriented for some readers, but it could be a good starting place for discussions about mental illness, suicide prevention, and how to help friends in need. Reed has previously written about teens in trouble in her novels Clean (about teens in rehab), and Beautiful, which is about a teen using drugs.

Book Details

  • Author: Amy Reed
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: June 12, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate