(Don't) Call Me Crazy
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(Don't) Call Me Crazy

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Who's Crazy?

What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when such a label gets attached to your everyday experiences?

In order to understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there's no single definition of crazy, there's no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things - wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate? - to different people.

(Don't) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding how our mental health affects us every day. Thirty-three writers, athletes, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore their personal experiences with mental illness, how we do and do not talk about mental health, help for better understanding how every person's brain is wired differently, and what, exactly, might make someone crazy.

If you've ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages, and let's get talking.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 178 x 229 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Art throughout with 2-colour interior
  • 1616207817
  • 9781616207816
  • 61,262

Review quote

"This (crucially!) diverse essay collection spans race, gender, sexual orientation, career, and age to hopefully reduce the stigma around mental illness."
--Bustle

"Empowering . . . deeply resonant . . . With this diverse array of contributors offering a stunning wealth of perspectives on mental health, teens looking for solidarity, comfort, or information will certainly be able to find something that speaks to them. Resources and further reading make this inviting, much-needed resource even richer."
--Booklist

"Lively, compelling . . . the raw, informal approach to the subject matter will highly appeal to young people who crave understanding and validation . . . This highly readable and vital collection demonstrates the multiplicity of ways that mental health impacts individuals."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Thought-provoking . . . Misconceptions about mental health still abound, making this honest yet hopeful title a vital selection."
--School Library Journal, starred review"This is a much-needed collection of writing about mental health and the impact it has . . . with mental health stigma unfortunately still being a serious problem, teens really need books like this right now."
--Cultured Vultures
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About Kelly Jensen

Kelly Jensen is a former librarian-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked. She's the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader. She loves black licorice and debating genre. Follow her on Twitter: @veronikellymars.
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Rating details

224 ratings
4.29 out of 5 stars
5 47% (106)
4 40% (89)
3 9% (21)
2 2% (4)
1 2% (4)
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