Review: My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul

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Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.

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Hank wants to ask Amanda to Prom in a big way but of course it goes horribly wrong.  He leaves the scene before anyone knows it was him or so he thought.  Peyton saw him and has evidence.  Hank is afraid that she will rat him out.  He agrees to hang out with her out of fear but realizes something is wrong.  The fear in her eyes when her mom’s boyfriend yells at her from the house.  Then she misses school.  Hank doesn’t want to get involved but he can’t stop himself. 
Peyton searches him out at school and they hang out with Nick, Hank’s friend.  They grow closer as friends and learn to trust each other.  When Peyton needs help and a place to stay she turns to Hank.  They both realize that they are more than friends.  Hank wants to protect her from life.  He feels stronger once he has her in his life.  Things are finally looking up.
However when a shocking truth comes out Hank is thrown for a loop.  He doesn’t know what to think.  He has to decide what he wants, what his biggest obstacle is and if Peyton is worth it.

This book was such a roller coaster.  Hank was a mess.  I felt sorry for him immediately.  His family life is horrible and his confidence is low.  It’s funny how when he finally gets the nerve to ask the popular girl to Prom it all goes wrong.  The author introduces Peyton at this time.  At first she is unique and comes across crazy.  It gives Hank something to worry about.  Peyton’s life is worse at least what the author hints at.  It isn’t really shown until later what Peyton actually deals with.  She is a character that clearly needs help.  Hank is the first one to try.  As the story progresses Hank’s situation changes and gets better.  I like how the author gets Monica back into his life and his dad starts getting what he needs.  That is such a positive message.  Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.  It is a heavy story but a good read.  I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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