Review: The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

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Edition: Paperback, 384 pages, published May 1st 2014 by Speak
Synopsis: Izzy is a hypochondriac with enormous boobs that won’t stop growing, a mother with a rare disease who’s hiding something, a best friend who appears to have undergone a personality transplant, and a date with an out-of-her-league athlete who just spilled Gatorade all over her. Yes, Izzy Skymen has a hectic life. But what Izzy doesn’t realize is that these are only minor symptoms of life’s insanity. When she discovers the people she trusts most are withholding from her the biggest secrets, things are about to get epic–or is it epidemic?

I just finished The Symptoms of My Insanity, a cute, sweet book that took me only a few days to get through – and for good reason!

I read this book on behalf of The Book Junkies book club, owned and run by me, Emma and Sophie. Emma chose this month’s book and I have to say she did a great job – thank you Em!

If you’d like to see more about what we all thought, stay tuned to find out in a chat post at the end of this month!

The plot…is mostly great! There were a few places when I felt it was going a little slow but mostly I loved it – solid, steady and real. The day-to-day approach really works for this book!

The characters…I love Izzy! She’s just so…normal, a real person. There is no elaborate character building or parts of the book to make Izzy anything more than what she really is – a teenage girl.

The writing…is good. It really suits the book and makes it seem more like a diary than a novel – and therefore you feel extremely close to the main character, Izzy.

Something I liked…the reality of this book. It’s nothing extraordinary and it’s pretty normal, but it has a real charm to it. It’s relatable, sweet and an all round feel good book. I would definitely recommend it to lovers of Night Owls, South of Sunshine and We’re All Made of Molecules!

Something I didn’t like…not a lot, really. I found a few things really obvious and could sometimes guess what was about to happen…and I did think the plot was a little slow in places. I also took a while to understand completely about what was happening to Izzy’s mum, but other than that, I loved it!

My rating is…

☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
4 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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