(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
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
GenreNonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Short Stories, Anthologies

Reviews (Don't) Call Me Crazy

  • Emily May
    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]
    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
    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
    Hey, I just met youAnd this is (NOT) crazyBut here's my essaySo read it maybe
  • Ashley Holstrom
    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...
  • Morgane Moncomble
    This book is so important and full of hope. Thank you for showing me that I'm not alone.
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    2.5 STARSAnthologies are usually a mixed reading experience for me, including (DON’T) CALL ME CRAZY. I’m not an unbiased reader. I’ve had anorexia and Major Depressive Disorder, I still occasionally have relapses of PTSD, anxiety and Persistent Depressive Disorder. I also worked as a child psychologist after recovering from my most serious issues. I’m not on disability for fibromyalgia. I believe in a strong body/mind connection and am co...
  • kav (xreadingsolacex)
    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,...
  • Ivy
    Full of honest and relatable stories, chronicling mental illness from every angle. These stories weren't fiction, but real accounts of living with a brain that wants to kill you. This book has gotten barely any buzz, and that's supremely unfair. Please read it. It will make you happy and sad and maybe just a little more sympathetic and tolerant.Full Review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...
  • Rissa
    Dont call me crazyChapter four was my favorite because it reflected most with my life and my problems but overall the entire book was really good. I think my favorite of the collection would have to be The Devil Inside by Christine Heppermann. It was chilling and brokenly beautiful. Defying Definition- Shaun David Hutchinson: “Once someone has defined you by your mental illness enough times you begin to define youself as it”Defining the thing...
  • Chelsea
    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
    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...
  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    With regard to mental illness (MI) and MI-related books, the anthology (Don't) Call Me Crazy was one of the top books I wanted to read this year. In a world where, in the past and to this day, MIs have been often misunderstood and tied to stigma in society, I believe a piece of literature in which well-known individuals and authors share their own experiences with MI is immensely valuable.The anthology touches upon several subtopics, underlined i...
  • Susie Dumond
    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
    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.
  • Jeannette
    Like any collection, this one had its ups and downs. Some of the essays really resonated with me, and others not so much (which is probably why I got this as an ARC in the summer and haven't finished it until now). I don't know if I should be surprised or not that some of the art made more of an impression on me than some of the writing, especially Gemma Correll's. But again, that makes sense in an anthology. I don't know that I would recommend t...
  • Anniek
    This was a very interesting, thought-provoking anthology to read!
  • Sami
    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
    @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
    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.