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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) ๐Ÿ™‚

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: Shelve It — April 7, 2013

Hey, hey friends! Happy Sunday! Thanks for stopping by for today’s Shelve It! It’s been a while since I’ve splurged on books. Have you seen all the amazing deals for the kindle and nook? Holy moly — so many good books are half off or cheaper right now. Take advantage of this, guys! Estelle and […]

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April 10, 2013 - 9:26 pm

VeganYANerds - Ooh, I hope Going Bovine is good, I have liked the last couple of Libba’s books that I’ve read!

And I too like both covers of Once Was Lost, I own the original – I hope you like it ๐Ÿ˜€

April 10, 2013 - 6:02 pm

Paige - I read Being Friends With Boys not long ago and I enjoyed it a lot, I know she has another book out I’m hoping to read that soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy everything you got this week.

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April 8, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - You know what, I actually really like the redesign! I’m usually pretty indifferent toward them (at best), but this one is simply lovely. I think it’s the font that does it for me.

HA! Thank you for reminding me that I really need to write my review for You Look Different.. I read it last month and while it definitely wasn’t bad, it was pretty bland and not very memorable. It made for an enjoyable afternoon read though. Hopefully you’ll like it a bit more than I did!

While I absolutely adore my local library, I’m WEEPING over their complete lack of Jennifer Echols! NOT A SINGLE BOOK. I’ve only heard the highest of praises in regards to her book and now it’s looking as though I’m going to have to dive in & buy them. I need to find out what I’m missing!

April 8, 2013 - 10:51 am

Dana - Awesome haul. I won’t be buying anything for a while because my review backlog is insane but I’ll be adding to my Goodreads TBR list for sure! Hope you enjoy all your books!

April 8, 2013 - 8:50 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’ve tried to read Abbi Glines and just couldn’t do it. I’ll be curious if you feel the same or end up liking her stuff. Yay Sara Zarr! I know how much you love her ๐Ÿ™‚

April 8, 2013 - 1:37 am

Alexa Y. - I stopped myself after I bought three books off the Amazon sale (although I’m fairly certain I’m buying more soon). I got Being Friends with Boys as well, yay!

April 7, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Bookworm1858 - Awesome haul-I am looking forward to reading most of these too especially You Look Different in Real Life. Not sure about the redesign for Once Was Lost as I really liked the original.

April 7, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Amanda @ MarvelousCatoReviews - I actually bought Going Bovine recently, as well! I have been dying to read it, so I’m excited to finally have it in my collection.

April 7, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Oh, I love all These contemporaries here – haven’t read one in a while ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I like both covers for Sarah Zarr’s books, but I prefer the orig!inal title…it was more Special, I think

April 7, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awwww, but it’s always lovely to see your pretty face in your vlog, books or no books ๐Ÿ™‚

April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope you have safe travels if you’re on the road to visit family this weekend. If you’re at home snuggled up with a book, I’m living vicariously through you. Dustyn and I are doing lots of traveling. Don’t you worry, though, I’ll be reading a book in the car. There are […]

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March 31, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - Can’t wait to read The Elite! I fell in the love with the first one and I’m excited to see where the author is going to take the story. Plus the covers are gorgeous!

March 30, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Well, crap. I feel like How I Lost You is going to make me sob buckets. But I really, really want to read it!

Also, yayyyy for summery covers!

March 30, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Annie - Ohmigod, so many good books! I absolutely cannot wait for April. You can count on the fact that I will be the first person in the bookstore on each and every day. So excited!!! Especially for This Is What Happy Looks Like and The Symptoms of Insanity! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 30, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Rachel - Well, my TBR list just got WAY longer. I didn’t know there were so many contemps coming out this month! The covers for How I Lost You and How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True are so pretty! I’m excited to finally be able to read The Boyfriend App. I feel like I’ve been waiting for forever for that one.

March 30, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - April is such a great book month! I’m looking forward to so many of these books, although I’m sure my purse isn’t, haha!

March 30, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Leoni - Lots of exciting books! The Program sounds interesting, I’m looking forward to reading reviews for it and yes April 23rd is looking very summery! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 30, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Nancy @ Tumbling Books - I want all of these, but especially The Elite, The Program, and Taken. April needs to get here quicker!