Author: Quinn Loftis
YA Contemporary Romance
About the book: “I’m looking out from inside the chaos. It must be a one-way mirror because no one seems to be able to see back inside to where I am. The looks on their faces, the judgment in their eyes, tells me everything I need to know. The most frustrating part about the whole messed up situation is that even though I’m the one that they stare at in shock, I am just as shocked as they are. I know no more than they do of why I lose control. What they don’t know is that I am more scared of myself than they could ever be.” ~ Tally Baker
After a devastating turn of events, seventeen year old Tally Baker is admitted to Mercy Psychiatric Facility where she is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She has come to a place where she honestly believes that her life is over. Her mind tells her that she will never smile or laugh again, that she will never be normal again. It is in this unlikely place that she meets two people, different in every way, yet both critical to helping her realize that she has so much more living to do.
Candy, a cantankerous sixty year old Mercy Psychiatric patient, is hell bent on driving everyone as crazy as she is. Candy shows Tally that, regardless of her diagnosis, the ability to push on and live her life to the fullest is her choice and hers alone. In the midst of Tally’s oftentimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, escapades with Candy, a new patient is admitted to Mercy—a native American woman named Lolotea. Along with this new patient comes a daily visitor, her son, Trey Swift. At first glance, it is obvious to Tally that he is incredibly handsome and unbelievably caring. But what she learns through her second glance, and many thereafter, is that there is much more to Trey than he ever lets on. It is during these daily visits that Trey and Tally build a friendship far deeper than either of them truly realize. With Trey, Tally feels for the first time since being admitted that someone is looking at her as a person and not as a disease. Trey begins to make it clear that he wants more than friendship, but she knows that she can never give him more. How can she, when she won’t even give him the truth? Tally doesn’t tell Trey that she is a patient at Mercy, and she doesn’t ever plan to. Her plans go up in flames when she finds out that Trey is a new student at her school, the school where her brokenness was found out in the floor of the girl’s bathroom in a pool of her own blood.
My thoughts: While I liked the storyline from the beginning, when I first started reading this book I thought "Uggh. Another book where we "live" the moment and then rehash it from each character's POV." But after awhile it started to flow and I really got caught up in Tally and Trey's story.
I just wanted to wrap Tally up in a big blanket and cuddle with her, while at the same time kicking her parent's butt to get in gear and start living the role they signed up for when they had a child! She just seemed so lost - and in spite of her disease has a big heart - just a hard time trusting anyone with it.
Candy was hilarious and always had a way to make Tally smile - even when they were both having bad days. Despite her advanced age, she was Tally's best friend at Mercy. She helped Tally to learn that it was okay to have fun and to not take life so seriously. I would love to have someone in my life like Candy.
Tally's relationship with Trey starts off with a chance meeting at Mercy. He is there visiting his mom and assumes that she is visiting someone as well. They become friends and he is very open (and persistent) in letting Tally know that he is coming to care for her. At one point in the story Tally asks Trey if he is sure he is only eighteen. He is strong and compassionate beyond his years and even though his mom is in a psych unit, you can tell that he has had a solid family upbringing and some good role models.
I ended up really liking the book and the last 100 pages I did not want to put it down. I so wanted to find out how Tally and Trey's story would end. It is a good story, and even though it has it's tragedy, it is also filled with hope.
~I received a complimentary ecopy of Call Me Crazy from Reading Addicted Book Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~
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About the author: Quinn is a 32 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order. She lives in beautiful West Arkansas with her husband, son, Nora their Doberman pinscher and Phoebe their cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, favorite book(s) is Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves music and thinks there is no greater sound in the world than that of her little boy's laughter.
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