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Magan: The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 18, 2013 Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers Pages: 384 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: sick parent, best friend trouble, boy drama, chaotic teenage life Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Izzy has a lot going on in […]

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April 19, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Casey - Seems really like a really dramatic read. I’ll have to give it a go when I have a little less going on in my own life. Great review!

April 18, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Judith - You know, I had the exact same feeling when I finished. At one point, I really felt like the author was being cruel with everything she put Izzy through. No wonder the girl is a hypochondriac! I like the seperate parts of this story, and though I feel like there can always be less girl drama in books, I would have been okay with that if it had been the main focus point. But the thing with Blake… it just felt unnecessary (and forced) to me. Unfortunately.

April 18, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Tara - I’m always interested in books that deal with mental illness, but this one sounds like it has a bit too much other stuff going on for my taste. I still may give it a try and definitely appreciate candidness!

April 18, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Alexa Y. - The sheer amount of things that Izzy was going through is already overwhelming to me, and I’m only reading your review! I do agree with your thoughts that sometimes, it feels like all the bad things happen all at once. But this seems a bit too soap opera-ish for my liking. It sounded like a potentially cute book though (especially that nerdy love interest you hint at) 🙂

April 18, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Magan - Rebecca, I’m really glad you’re still anxious to give it a whirl. I am a big believer in everyone trying books out for their own because you just never know. I definitely don’t think that lighter + hopeful is what you’ll get when you read this one. Prepare yourself for a LOT of things to happen. Thanks for the comment!

April 18, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Magan - Christina — I’m really, really glad to hear that you felt the same way. I definitely wished some of the issues had been edited out. I completely, completely agree with you that it would have helped with character development and depth. The end just kind of … ended, too. Do we really even know what happens with the Italy situation?

April 18, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Magan - Elena — definitely a lot going on here More than I think was necessary for sure. And yeahhhh… I’m pretty sure you’d want to punch Blake for what he did. :-/

April 18, 2013 - 11:07 am

elena - oh geez, it DOES seem like a lot is going on. i think this book sounds too dramatic for me, i hate it when a character is put through a situation after a situation (after a situation!). it certainly seems like izzy was put through the ringer in this one. i shudder to think what blake did.

April 18, 2013 - 8:53 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - I completely agree with your assessment. There were decent bones to this story, and the characters could have been really interesting. Had Raf chosen just a couple of those things for Izzy to deal with, she could have covered them fully and allowed plenty of time for character development. As it is, a lot of plot threads weren’t closed properly and I didn’t feel for the characters. Sad day.

April 18, 2013 - 5:40 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I was really looking forward to reading this and still am but after your review, will probably go in with my more mind open and prepare myself for LOTS OF craziness. It’s a shame that the ended on a ‘heavy heart’ end note because although I was expecting insanity, I was expecting something lighter and more on the hopeful side? Oh, well, I’ll take your advice and try and see if my library has a copy I can borrow. Awesome review!

Magan: Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt  <website • twitter> Publication Date: March 1, 2011 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 288 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Multiple Sclerosis, sick parent, focus project, counseling Format read: Purchased the paperback after Lori recommended I read this book. Summary: After Payton finds out her father has Multiple Sclerosis and stops speaking […]

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May 28, 2014 - 8:01 am

YA Book Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt - […] Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt ( twitter | website ) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: […]

June 11, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Wonderful, Cute + Kind of Perfect (Dates) - […] Add Sean Griswold’s Head on Goodreads Purchase on Amazon Read Magan’s Review […]

March 29, 2013 - 6:17 am

Lori - I’m so happy you loved this one! Payton was such a great character. 🙂

March 28, 2013 - 7:15 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I was pleasantly surprised by this book too. I don’t usually like books that deal with parental illness but I thought it was handled really well and realistically without dragging the story into doom and gloom. Remember the few occasions teachers would go in reverse alphabetical order?? Ah, the good ol’ days.

March 26, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds really great. I’ve never even read the synopsis for this book before because of the old cover (shallow Ash!) but this cover is much better and the story sounds pretty good. Thanks for putting one on my radar that I’d have never otherwise given a second glance to! I just put it on my library wishlist!

March 18, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Tabitha S. - I hadn’t heard of this one until now! I mean – I knew Lindsey Leavitt had another book, but I didn’t know what it was about. It sounds great, and I’m excited to read about the pie charts! I’m going to go buy this one now, SUCH a good deal. (:

March 18, 2013 - 10:31 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I never knew that was what this book was about. I have heard great things about it, but apparently never anything very specific. I honestly always assumed it was a lighter hearted book, but now that I know, I really want to read it.

March 18, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Bookworm1858 - I’m so glad you liked this book-it’s my favorite Leavitt so far and one I recommend to people who like lighter YA contemporary (or want to give that genre a try). Just a great family, friendship, and yes love story.

March 18, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Maria - I’d completely forgotten it was Leavitt who wrote this book! It’s been on my list for a really long time but never close to actually being read.
The new cover is very different…

March 18, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Holly - I’m glad that you enjoyed this book! 🙂 I’m actually reading it right now. I’m about half-way through and I love it! I agree with you, Lindsey Leavitt did a good job with writing about Payton and the whole situation with her dad! Great review! 🙂

March 18, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Leela @ My world in English - Ooooo I’m glad you liked because I’ve just bought the book 🙂

I can’t wait to read it ^^

March 18, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I’ll be honest and say that I was probably not too attracted to the title of this book. But after reading your review, it actually sounds like a book I’d enjoy – and so I think I’m going to have to give it a chance now. I’m a sucker for books with good friendships and interesting stories, and this one hits both marks!

March 18, 2013 - 12:06 pm

elena - I’ve never read anything by Lindsay but I’m curious! I totally get what you mean about being the end of the alphabet, blergh. Sean sounds like an ADORABLE character. also, YES for girl friendships! I will try to read this one!

March 18, 2013 - 10:50 am

Kelsie - How funny. I just picked this as my next book to read and then immediately afterward visited your blog and saw this review. As a reader in my 20s, I’m glad to see that the characters showed some maturity and this isn’t just a cheesy tween read. 🙂

March 18, 2013 - 9:55 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve heard really good things about this one. I’ve read Going Vintage, which I liked but didn’t love. But I think I am going to get this one from the library and give it a try.

Thanks for the review 🙂