A summer unlike any other

Book review: "Sure Signs of Crazy" by Karen Harrington, four stars out of five


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Have you ever felt completely different from everyone else? In “Sure Signs of Crazy” by Karen Harrington, Sarah Nelson, the protagonist, feels this way all the time.

The setting of this book is mainly Garland, Texas, a small town where Sarah and her father would not attract a lot of attention. They don’t want to attract attention because Sarah’s mother is Jane Nelson, a famous criminal for trying to murder her children.

Sarah almost died. Her twin brother, Simon, unfortunately did not make it. They sent Sarah’s mother to a mental hospital after the incident and now Jane Nelson is famous for being crazy.

Now, almost 12 years after the incident, Sarah and her father are keeping a low profile, so as to not attract a lot of unwanted attention. Also, Sarah thinks she may have inherited some of her mom’s craziness and now she is looking for sure signs of crazy to see if she is right.

This summer is not a typical Sarah Nelson summer. This summer is different than all the other summers, and a lot happens this summer.

I enjoyed this book, and I would give it four out of five stars. I liked it because it was different from any other book and it was a unique situation that this girl was in. But at the same time, it was actually very realistic, which I liked.

The only reason that I did not give it five stars is that it was a little slow in some parts and some parts were unnecessary. Some parts that didn’t really relate to the story added to the quirkiness of Sarah’s personality, so I thought that those parts were important.

Overall, I think this was a good book and I enjoyed it a lot.

–Nov. 18, 2013–

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  1. Karen H. on November 18th, 2013 4:34 pm

    I’m so pleased you liked the book! Stay CRAZY for reading!


    Karen Harrington


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