(Don't) Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen

(Don't) Call Me Crazy

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 Craz...


Details (Don't) Call Me Crazy

Title(Don't) Call Me Crazy
Author
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Short Stories, Anthologies, Health, Mental Health
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Reviews (Don't) Call Me Crazy

  • Emily May
    2018-03-19
    I only wish someone had told me not that I was "crazy" but that I was sick, and there was a way to get better. This book made me cry, but for all the right reasons.When you start putting parts of yourself out there on the Internet, people begin to wonder about you and to form their own stories. I've seen theories about me circling on Goodreads and Twitter. How I am an evil villainess waiting to tear down the latest YA book. How I review books to ...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    2018-03-28
    As someone who struggles with her own mental health, I’ve appreciated the recent uptick in representation in the YA book world—as it’s so necessary and I think it can do so much good, especially for young readers coming to terms with their own mental health—but there are two things I’ve found sorely lacking: nonfiction presented in an interesting and approachable manner from authors that readers already know and love, and representation...
  • Jessica
    2018-06-30
    I'm a huge advocate for the idea that we need to talk more openly about mental health. People with mental ilness need to know they matter and that they can get better. People without it need to know they can help. In the last year, this idea has become an increasingly important part of both my personal and professional life. I try not to be a nudge and talk about my job on here, but I work for the children's book imprint of the American Psycholog...
  • Heidi Heilig
    2017-10-10
    Hey, I just met youAnd this is (NOT) crazyBut here's my essaySo read it maybe
  • Ashley Holstrom
    2017-01-05
    Incredible. I cannot wait for the world to get to read this collection. I’m so honored to have been included in it. Mental health is just as important as physical health, kiddos. Let’s end the stigma. January 2017: It's not done yet, but I'm writing an essay for this bomb-ass anthology of essays about mental health for young adults. It'll be about my life with trichotillomania, and, I hope, all the words I needed to read when I was 13 and pul...
  • Kav (xreadingsolacex)
    2018-10-01
    Disclaimer: I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacted my review. Important Note: This anthology (and this review) contain talk of different mental illnesses and experiences with them, suicide/suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and more which can be potentially triggering to some readers. Please be aware of that before picking this anthology up.Anthologies are difficult to rate as each story is different. Furthermore,...
  • Chelsea
    2018-07-26
    Incredibly powerful. I felt this one deeply, and I can't encourage everyone to read this enough, regardless of whether mental health struggles is something you've dealt with. 4 1/2 stars
  • Paul Hankins
    2018-06-13
    There is a lot that we could say about this anthology due for release in October (I wish that the release date were closer to the beginning of a traditional school year). The anthology works well when read section by section. It took me a few days to read through the work as I sticky-noted contributions from the authors, actors, artists, and athletes. I did not want to be surprised by the contributors as mental illness is a personal issue and I w...
  • Susie Dumond
    2018-07-10
    This is a powerful, well-rounded, engaging introduction to conversations about mental health for young readers, with contributions from from great writers, illustrators, actors, and athletes. The only way to break down barriers and reduce stigma around mental health is to start having honest conversations like those included in (Don't) Call Me Crazy. I love the variety of formats and diversity of voices included, and the organization into section...
  • Erika
    2018-05-28
    Just finished the ARC, and I can't wait until this is out in the world. I will definitley be adding it to my high school library collection. Such an open and honest depiction of so many different types and aspects of mental illness that often manifest in the teen years. The book is marketed for young adults, but everyone can benefit from reading it.
  • Sami
    2018-06-02
    I'm so incredibly grateful that such a thoughtful and nuanced resource like this has been written. It's hard enough for teenagers to talk about mental illness among themselves and to their parents; but now, they can see their literary heroes bare their souls and anxieties in a beautiful way. I desperately wish something like this had existed when I was a teenager, but I am bolstered by the fact that I can show this to anyone who needs to know tha...
  • Jayme Carruthers
    2018-06-10
    @NetGalley #partnerThank you to #NetGalley for the review copy of #(don')callMeCrazy. All opinions are my own.(Don't) Call Me Crazy is a collection of short, autobiographical stories of individuals suffering from mental health issues. In addition to speaking up about mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, this book also has voices speaking on lesser known disorders such as trichotillomania, which I greatly appreciated.(Don't) Call Me Cr...
  • Audrey Laurey
    2018-09-01
    This is my new favorite anthology from young adult authors. Many current YA authors offer their own personal stories on mental illness, the different ways it manifests, and what mental illness means to the authors through their experiences. Many of the stories were relatable and funny, then heartbreaking. I think this is a really important and exceptional collection that I am going to be highly recommending to everyone.
  • Audrey Laurey
    2018-09-01
    This is my new favorite anthology from young adult authors. Many current YA authors offer their own personal stories on mental illness, the different ways it manifests, and what mental illness means to the authors through their experiences. Many of the stories were relatable and funny, then heartbreaking. I think this is a really important and exceptional collection that I am going to be highly recommending to everyone.
  • tina
    2018-10-06
    the reason that this got knocked from a 4 to 3 stars for me is because, although most of the essays were great, there were one or two that i felt shouldn’t have been included, for more reasons than one.otherwise, there were a satisfying and refreshing mix of perspectives and writing styles and tons of book recs that i now want to check out, so.... nice
  • Molly
    2018-06-08
    People need to talk about mental health more often. This book is very important and I'm glad it exists! It was cool to read about some authors that I've already read and their journeys.
  • Carol
    2018-07-22
    Diverse and extremely personal essays in this anthology. Mental illness, neurodiversity, suicide, and anxiety are covered with care and deep emotion. This collection is aimed at teens, but adults can get a lot out of this too. Learn from someone else who shares your diagnosis, or learn to be a more supportive friend, family member, human.Special note: there are extensive bibliographies and other resources scattered throughout and included at the ...
  • Beth
    2018-07-30
    Jensen's first anthology about feminism blew me away and was visually stunning. This book about mental health is equally as engaging, visually appealing, and important. Add this to your YA nonfiction collection in October 2018.
  • Alessandra
    2018-06-16
    This is an amazing book and it should be in every public library. The essays present a wide spectrum of mental illness experience, covering many different illnesses, the different relationships a person might have with their illness, and more. I made liberal use of my highlighter while reading, as I often found the authors eloquently expressing things that I have struggled to put into words. If there had been a book like this when I was a teen, I...