Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
*Publisher approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Kind of Crazy was fun and at the same time sad. The beginning had me laughing, with how Hank decided to do the promposal and it went awfully wrong, as expected. And from then on I just had the best of time with his character; his humorous thoughts and overall simple personality. But when I got into his family life and saw how his dad was, I felt sad for him. Hank never seemed to have his father's attention, at least not in a good way. And his dad was always giving him crap and drinking a lot. It's a wonder how Hank kept his sanity for that long, but I'm happy he held on because good things eventually came to him. I also liked how artistic he was and that he was into comic books. That made me connect with him a lot more.
So Hank was about ready to put that mistake and somewhat embarrassment of what happened on his crush's lawn behind him, when in comes Peyton and all her craziness. And this girl certainly seemed out there, from how she handled people getting on her bad side, to her unhealthy obsession with fire. In a way, it was playing with fire that brought them together, and who would've thought these two individuals could be friends. I guess it's because Hank wasn't really a judgmental person, and at the same time he thought it was best not to get on Peyton's bad side so she wouldn't reveal it was him who set off the sparklers.
I had my reservations about Peyton from the beginning. Like Hank, she had a lot of family issues but hers seemed a lot more intense. She'd often talk about her mother's behavior and the different stepdads she's had, and she was always out late at nights as if afraid of going home. On the outside looking in, one would really believe her when she told Hank all those things. But even though I sympathized with Peyton, I also suspected there was more going on. It was obvious to me that her mental state was off, from the playing with fire to the things she'd say. It just seemed like she needed the right kind of help, and even though she never got it professionally, I liked that Hank was able to give her some kind of happiness even though Peyton was wrong from lying and for being a tad clingy.
Overall, it was just a good story with nice, fast-paced writing, humorous moments, interesting characters, and sad situations. And I loved that in the end, things worked out for all parties and they managed to find some happiness. I liked that Hank and his father were able to find common ground and his father started to get his act together. A lot of crazy stuff happened throughout the story that made me shake my head and yell at the characters, but honestly, it wouldn't have been that interesting if it wasn't that crazy. I recommend reading this one if you're into YA contemporary with a lot of drama and things that make you say, "Seriously?"