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Sure Signs of Crazy

Harrington, Karen (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Sure Signs of Crazy
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Twelve-year-old Sarah writes letters to her hero, To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch, for help understanding her mentally ill mother, her first real crush, and life in her small Texas town, all in the course of one momentous summer.
Authors: Harrington, Karen, 1967-
Title: Sure signs of crazy
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 280 pages ;,20 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Twelve-year-old Sarah writes letters to her hero, To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch, for help understanding her mentally ill mother, her first real crush, and life in her small Texas town, all in the course of one momentous summer.
ISBN: 9780316210584
0316210587
Statement of Responsibility: Karen Harrington
Copyright Date: ©2013
Subject Headings: Coming of age Fiction. Mental illness Fiction. Family problems Fiction. Texas Fiction. Bildungsromans. Mental illness Juvenile fiction. Dysfunctional families Juvenile fiction. Texas Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans.
Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Coming of age
Mental illness
Family problems
Bildungsromans.
Mental illness
Dysfunctional families
LCCN: 2012030683
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Comment by: m2 Oct 11, 2013

I really enjoyed Sarah Nelson's voice as she grew and changed during the course of one summer. She is dealing with such difficult circumstances and yet her voice seems very realistic, very believable. An excellent read for teens dealing with mental illness in their family.

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Mar 28, 2014
  • MERLEY WHEATON rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A heartwarming and touching story about growing up in a family touched by mental illness.

Jan 17, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A 12 year old girl, Sarah, was 2 years old when her mother tried to drown her. This books tells of how Sarah and her father learn to cope with the aftermath. The story is heartbreaking. The writing is superlative. I recommend this for adults and teens. Although the style of writing suits Grade 5 and up, the issues might be heavy for a younger audience. PS. Don't waste your time on the adult prequel to this story, Janeology, which deals with the father's trial. Sure Signs of Crazy is light years better.

Dec 06, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Karen Harrington did an absolute fantastic job of writing a 12 year-old narrator. There's a fine balance in showing the naivete of a preteen, but at the same time capturing the way children often know more than you'd think. In a lot of ways Sarah reminds me of Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird. I'd say this is likely on purpose, as Sarah confides in Atticus Finch through letters. She's a little older than Scout was I think, but she still captures that sort of heartbreaking quality as she says things that show horrible events...but she says them in such a funny manner and with such a blunt focus that you're torn between laughter and feeling sort of horrified! Sarah is probably the most sincere narrator I've come across in modern literature.

The only criticism I have is that Charlotte, Sarah's babysitter, acts less like someone in her 20's and more like someone who is sixteen. Read this. This is easily in my top 10 books for the year. Maybe even top 5? In any case. I repeat: read this! For the full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

Oct 11, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Sarah Nelson's voice as she grew and changed during the course of one summer. She is dealing with such difficult circumstances and yet her voice seems very realistic, very believable. An excellent read for teens dealing with mental illness in their family.

Interesting tidbit: Karen Harrington wrote an adult book about the same characters, focussing on the father.

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Mar 11, 2014
  • CMuileboom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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