Review: Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis

August 1, 2013 Review 22 ★★★½

Review: Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis
Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis
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Publisher: Self Published
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 393
Release Date: May 31st, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
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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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

alise

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One of my biggest praises for this novel would be the way Tally’s Bipolar Disorder was treated. I found the representation to be very true to reality, and I really felt her frustrations with her disorder and could relate since I, myself, have anxiety issues.

Tally Baker is spending the last month of the summer before her senior year being treated for Bipolar Disorder in a mental facility. She has been recovering, but when a boy name Trey finds himself there visiting a family member, he becomes the last step in Tally’s journey to heal herself.

The romance was very cute but unfortunately it progressed very fast, with love being declared within a week. I am a fall of letting relationships develop slow and over time. There was a great twist with Trey not knowing Tally was a patient at the hospital and I enjoyed watching Tally try to dance around the truth.

The characters personalities took some major adjusting to, and I had to frequently remind myself that one was over sixty years old when she sounded more like fifteen. It was a bit off-putting, but reminded me of the way Jennifer Armentrout writes her characters: with humor and personality.

If you are a fan of fun contemporary novels with depth, check this out!

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Overall: 3.3

22 Responses to “Review: Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis”

    • Alise

      It’s just a bit sad, the overall message is nice :) I can’t explain it, but the old person said things that only a thirteen year old boy would say, if you know what I mean. I do hope you give it a try!

  1. Andreea

    Never heard of this book either, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I am glad that you enjoyed it overall.

    Andreea

  2. Pam@YAEscapefromReality

    Sounds like an interesting book. Saying “I love you” after one week?? Why? I don’t mind insta-attraction (that’s actually realistic) but that sounds pretty ridiculous. I don’t mind it that much in dystopian or paranormal books when the characters are running for their lives and may die at any moment, but in contemporary YA? But my interest is piqued so I may pick it up.
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    • Alise

      I agree, since contemporary is all about romance it’s supposed to be the best part. However, this is something I actually see a lot in YA no matter what anyway, so.

  3. Aman

    I really like that Tally doesn’t come clean with her mental issues (?) right away and kind of plays around with Trey. This seems like a fun book with a lot of depth in it, I think I would really enjoy it. Thanks for bringing it in my radar, Alise! Great review! :)
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    • Alise

      I think you would like it too! It was fun watching her try and hide that, it was also kind of sad though. Thanks!

  4. Maida

    This sounds like a fun and cute read. I really enjoy contemporaries and I am so happy to hear that a serious issue as bipolar disorder was taken seriously and had realism to it. Too bad about the romance though! :( I also like my romance to progress at a moderate pace, but overall I think I will check this one out! Great review, Alise! :D

    ~ Maida
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  5. Romi Foster

    Unfortunately I don’t think this sounds like my kind of read- the uber fast happening romance is something I doubt I would like, and I just get the feeling I would find it a little messy- and I’m sorry it wasn’t a better read for you, though of course it’s great that it wasn’t all bad! The fact that the author handled her character having Bipolar really well is great!
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    • Alise

      I think anyone that could relate of knows someone with such a disorder would like this, I don’t know about someone who is going in that for the first time would think. Thanks!

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