The Problem with Crazy


 Title: The Problem With Crazy

Author: Lauren K McKellar

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  February 13, 2014

SYNOPSIS
The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy . . . or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.

A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.

When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

*A portion of sales from this book will be donated to a Huntington’s disease-related charity (details TBC)

AUTHOR BIO
Lauren K. McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, and recently returned to her first love: writing books that make you feel.

Lauren loves to write for the Young and New Adult markets, and blogs with Aussie Owned and Read, as well as vlogging with the YA Rebels.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys long walks on the beach with her two super-cute dogs and her partner-in-crime/fiancé.



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Review 
What can you say about a book that sucks you in, chews you up and spits you out?
From the very beginning I could not put this book down..... 18 year old Kate is one of those characters that you cant help but feel EVERY emotion for, from what she thought was her drunken dad to facing a disease that she had NO idea about to being dumped because of it. I wanted to just hold her hand and tell her it would be alright.  
The synopsis says

"The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever."

 I honestly could not have summed this book up better, this book is a SOLID 5 STARS... I will promise you that you will need a box of tissues as you read this book but it is ABSOLUTELY worth it!!





Option four
“You can take off now, Kate.” I turned to him, and he nodded to the door. “I’ve got the rest of this.”
“Are you sure?”
“I’m sure.”
I walked over to the door and paused there for a second, unsure if I was doing the right thing.
“Kate?”
“Yes?” I spun around at lightning speed.
He was there, right behind me, incredibly close. I had no idea how he’d moved so fast, but his broad shoulders were suddenly at my chin level, the muscled lines of his arms visible beneath his shirt.
I slowly let my eyes roam up his body, across his chest and over his rigid jawline, over the little freckle on his cheek and deep into his chocolate eyes that were staring into mine, staring through me, like he could see every little secret I’d ever kept.
Don’t look at his lips, Kate. Do not look at his lips.
I let my eyes flick down to his lips and saw they were slightly parted and wet. His Adam’s apple bobbed as he swallowed, and a shiver ran down my spine.


 FIVE FACTS WITH LAUREN K. MCKELLAR
Where did you get your inspiration? I was inspired to write this story when I met a friend of mine’s father, who unfortunately, has the disease. I didn’t go through the struggle with him when he got tested, or anything, but meeting someone who suffered from such an obviously horrible illness was really sad.
My cousin suffers from a mental illness, and one of the things I dislike most is the special treatment, and the frequent use of the term ‘crazy’. And so, The Problem With Crazy was born.

Was writing about such a horrible illness difficult? I think writing about any illness is difficult. When you create fiction about something that not only alters people’s lives, but can kill them, you’re treading on sensitive ground.
That’s why I did a lot of research; I interviewed victims, spoke to state bodies, and observed people who weren’t affected, but who knew people who were. I hope this means I’ve done the subject matter justice.

Why New Adult? This illness is all about change in life, and for me, New Adult, or Upper YA, is one of the biggest change periods a person will go through. It’s coming of age, it’s defining life moments, and I couldn’t think of a time when people are more socially aware and conscious, and yet still at a period when life- and person-making choices are made. For me, eighteen years was the ultimate age to set this story with maximum impact.

So is the moral to the story to not get Huntington’s disease? No. This disease isn’t contagious. It’s hereditary, which is horrid enough.
However, the moral isn’t to do with this particular illness. It’s twofold; it’s partly to do with the literal use of the term ‘crazy’, and, more importantly, to do with living life to the fullest. To not knowing when or where you could die, but to living life anyway. To trying, and persevering, and working, and laughing, and smiling, and loving, and living—it’s to being. To being as if each day is your last—and in spite of the fact.

So, heavy stuff. Let’s talk about romance. Is there some lovin’ in this book? Well, you know what? Love is a central theme, as it is in most of our lives. Loving, however … well, let’s just say, it’s certainly not an erotic romance. Still, I don’t know that I could write and not include love to help bind the elements together.
For me, love has always been a part of my life. I’d dream of finding ‘the one’ when I was younger; and now that I’ve finally found him, it’s everything I could have wanted, and more. To write a story and not incorporate a part of that, a fragment of something I probably feel strongest about—I don’t know that I could do it.

Finally, the dedication. Tell us about that. Well, I dedicated this book to the person who inspired me to write it. I wanted to raise awareness about something that struck someone so cruelly.
Also, that person is someone’s father. While my father never had Huntington’s, he did pass away from cancer when I was in my late teens, and I feel like the altering of a father figure is something that’s personal. This book is being released on the anniversary of my father’s death; so it’s for dads everywhere. Happy, healthy, loving, paternal, diseased, and healthy. Because who can argue with that?

WRITING ABOUT ILLNESS

Writing about illness and disease is obviously dancing with danger. After all, when you're talking about a condition that can change, and eventually, strip someone of their life, it's important to treat the topic with sensitivity and do it justice. Stuffing up things like symptoms, treatment and other conditional specifications can not only leave you labeled a liar, but also leave you responsible for potentially causing a sufferer insult and/or injury.

The Problem With Crazy deals with Huntington's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that results in a loss of brain function and, approximately 15-20 years after onset, death. And that's putting it in simple terms.

When writing about this disease, I wanted to keep as close to the facts as I could. Being a lesser-known condition than, say, cancer, or Parkinson's, it was difficult at first to gather facts.

Eventually, I approached a few organisations, state bodies for sufferers of this illness, to fact check and gather information. This was difficult as a writer; asking people to give up their time for something that may never be published is hard, especially when you're asking such personal questions. Still, I was lucky enough to speak with a person at the Huntington's foundation in Victoria, and they helped me a lot.

I also learnt a lot from talking with sufferers and relatives of sufferers. They showed me a unique angle to the disease I hadn't at that point considered: a compassion, and positive focus I may not have been aware of otherwise.

In the end, I asked another state body to read through the book for any factual errors. At the end of the day, this illness isn't my story to tell--it's theirs, and I don't want to misrepresent it. Still, I do expect there to be an element or two of information that perhaps isn't quite accurate. When it comes down to it, I haven't suffered from this illness, nor has anyone in my family, thank goodness. It is for this reason that I hope you, as a reader, understand that this is a work of fiction, and for more information on this disease 

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<span style="color: black; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><em>The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy . . . or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.</em></span><br />
<span style="color: black; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><em></em><br />Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.<br /><br />A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.<br /><br />When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?<br /><br />The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever. <br /><br /> <strong><em>*A portion of sales from this book will be donated to a Huntington’s disease-related charity (details TBC)</em></strong></span></div>
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your inspiration?</b> I was inspired to write this story when I met a friend of
mine’s father, who unfortunately, has the disease. I didn’t go through the
struggle with him when he got tested, or anything, but meeting someone who
suffered from such an obviously horrible illness was really sad.</span></span></span></div>
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things I dislike most is the special treatment, and the frequent use of the
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such a horrible illness difficult? </b>I think writing about any illness is
difficult. When you create fiction about something that not only alters
people’s lives, but can kill them, you’re treading on sensitive ground. </span></span></span></div>
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That’s why I did a lot of research; I interviewed victims, spoke to state
bodies, and observed people who weren’t affected, but who knew people who were.
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This illness is all about change in life, and for me, New Adult, or Upper YA,
is one of the biggest change periods a person will go through. It’s coming of
age, it’s defining life moments, and I couldn’t think of a time when people are
more socially aware and conscious, and yet still at a period when life- and
person-making choices are made. For me, eighteen years was the ultimate age to
set this story with maximum impact. <o:p></o:p></span></span></span></div>
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the story to not get Huntington’s disease?</b> No. This disease isn’t
contagious. It’s hereditary, which is horrid enough. </span></span></span></div>
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However, the moral isn’t to do with this particular illness. It’s twofold; it’s
partly to do with the literal use of the term ‘crazy’, and, more importantly,
to do with living life to the fullest. To not knowing when or where you could
die, but to living life anyway. To trying, and persevering, and working, and
laughing, and smiling, and loving, and living—it’s to <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">being</i>. To being as if each day is your last—and in spite of the
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</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="color: black;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">So, heavy stuff.
Let’s talk about romance. Is there some lovin’ in this book?</b> Well, you know
what? Love is a central theme, as it is in most of our lives. Loving, however …
well, let’s just say, it’s certainly not an erotic romance. Still, I don’t know
that I could write and not include love to help bind the elements together.</span></span></span></div>
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Well, I dedicated this book to the person who inspired me to write it. I wanted
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he did pass away from cancer when I was in my late teens, and I feel like the
altering of a father figure is something that’s personal. This book is being
released on the anniversary of my father’s death; so it’s for dads everywhere.
Happy, healthy, loving, paternal, diseased, and healthy. Because who can argue
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obviously dancing with danger. After all, when you're talking about a condition
that can change, and eventually, strip someone of their life, it's important to
treat the topic with sensitivity and do it justice. Stuffing up things like
symptoms, treatment and other conditional specifications can not only leave you
labeled a liar, but also leave you responsible for potentially causing a sufferer
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Huntington's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that results in a loss of
brain function and, approximately 15-20 years after onset, death. And that's
putting it in simple terms.</span></span></span></div>
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organisations, state bodies for sufferers of this illness, to fact check and
gather information. This was difficult as a writer; asking people to give up
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you're asking such personal questions. Still, I was lucky enough to speak with
a person at the Huntington's foundation in Victoria, and they helped me a lot.</span></span></span></div>
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sufferers and relatives of sufferers. They showed me a unique angle to the
disease I hadn't at that point considered: a compassion, and positive focus I
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factual errors. At the end of the day, this illness isn't my story to
tell--it's theirs, and I don't want to misrepresent it. Still, I do expect
there to be an element or two of information that perhaps isn't quite accurate.
When it comes down to it, I haven't suffered from this illness, nor has anyone
in my family, thank goodness. It is for this reason that I hope you, as a
reader, understand that this is a work of fiction, and for more information on
this disease</span></span></div>
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