MY KIND OF CRAZY is the crazy (yet adorably fantastic) story of a boy who sets fire to someone's house and another person's heart. OK, two people's hearts if you count mine, too, because Hank absolutely stole my heart with this book.
Hank is my people - he's a bit of a sarcastic ass but he has this heart that genuinely loves and any reader can empathize with. As much as Hank drove this story for me, it would not be complete without Peyton (our resident pyro). What I especially loved was the evolution of their relationship with felt organic and natural, not forced along as a plot point to check the romance column for this book.
Robin Reul's debut is a breath of fresh air. She lends an authenticity to the voice of teens in fiction, balancing humor with grace that makes me wholly excited to read anything and everything she writes next.
MY KIND OF CRAZY is without a doubt my kind of crazy. Crazy awesome, that is.
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.
Robin Reul has been writing since she was in early elementary school, when she used to make her own book club flyers for her classmates and then pen them original stories. Though she grew up on movie sets and worked for many years in the film and television industry both as an actress and in motion picture development, she ultimately decided to focus her attention on writing young adult novels. She likes to write the same kinds of stories she loved as a teen: the ones that give her with butterflies in her stomach and are filled with quirky, memorable characters who stay with the reader long after the story ends. When she’s not writing, Robin can be found singlehandedly driving up the profit margin of her local Starbucks and indulging her love of baked goods, particularly those in the key of pumpkin. She lives in Los Angeles suburbia with her husband, son and daughter.
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