Sunday, September 16, 2012
Crazy by Han Nolan
Crazy by Han Nolan
Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.
Both heartbreaking and funny, CRAZY lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
CRAZY is one part funny and two parts sad.
But, overall an intense read which just so happens to be my kind of story. It’s one where the protagonist lives a messy life, and is not having an easy time of it up to the very last because the realizations were slow to take. Jason is a good kid, he loves his father but sometimes loves his father too much, because big things are placed on him all of which he takes it all on willingly, more often than not to his detriment.
A smart aleck too, it is in fact what people notice at first: he likes middles but not beginnings and ends, dates are arbitrary he says. But dig deeper and one sees how reluctant, angry even, to accept any interference… though that’s what he gets. Well-meaning, that’s how the lot of them are, but it’s this that he cannot see past what he has got to lose.
So, it’s sad then funny then sad.
Compound all that with the people in his head, who liven things up… unlike those who are actually around him; it’s the latter’s help that felt more than just intrusive to the boy, and I totally got where he was coming from… especially judging from my teary reception of what was going on. Boy, did I sob! Because just when I thought things looking up, only more things sprang up, things to handle; things that had him clam up.
But, like I said, he’s a good kid and he loves his father. So what he cops to, what he admits made him a little bit more sad in my eyes.
I loved it.
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