Wowzers, may not be the most professional way to begin a book review but here we are.
Talk about a book that needed to written and then dispersed wildly to every teen(and adult) you know. Just about every one of us either has or loves someone with a mental health issue, and the time has passed for keeping that sort of knowledge on the down low.
In this anthology, you'll read the stories of people living with mental illness in their ways. You'll learn about times that people around them hurt them, sometimes through misunderstanding and other times through ignorance. I know that I have said some things to loved ones that I now regret because I didn't understand.
Out of the 33 stories, there were many that resonated with me as I come from a family with more alphabet diagnosis than the actual alphabet- but many were new to me. I can't think of another book that puts mental illness in such a readable, understandable, relatable context. Some stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking just as life often is, but mostly it pulls stories from those illnesses that seem the scariest. I think this will encourage people to get evaluated if they feel something is wrong. We have such stigma in the country with mental illness, and it is up to all of us to change that.
Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
October 2, 2018, Preorder now and save your receipt. I hear that Kelly will be giving away a cool enamel pin.
(Don't) Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen