Catalog

Many Bibliomation libraries are adjusting their services at this time. Please contact your local library staff or consult their website for more information about the services they are providing.

Record Details

Catalog Search


Search Results Showing Item 2 of 16

The symptoms of my insanity / by Mindy Raf.

Raf, Mindy. (Author).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Bibliomation.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Putnam Public Library YA RAF (Text to phone) 33610128085476 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Ridgefield Library TEEN Raf (Text to phone) 34010127653599 Teen Fiction Available -

Record details

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "When you're a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what's really wrong--with her friendships, her romantic entanglements, and even her family"--
Subject: High schools Juvenile fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
Hypochondria Juvenile fiction
Mothers Juvenile fiction
High schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Hypochondria Fiction
Mothers Fiction
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Humorous fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0803732414
The Symptoms of My Insanity
The Symptoms of My Insanity
by Raf, Mindy
Rate this title:
vote data
Click an element below to view details:

School Library Journal Review

The Symptoms of My Insanity

School Library Journal


(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Gr 8 Up-Michigan teen Izzy has a lot going on: the deadline for her art portfolio is looming, her best friend has stopped talking to her, her breasts are drawing unwanted attention, her crush might (or might not) be interested in her, she can't stop her hypochondriac ways-and, oh yeah, her mom's cancer might not be in remission after all. It's no wonder she's not sure if she can keep it together. Raf's debut is a mix of true-to-life and the unbelievable. With so much happening for Izzy, the story feels crowded, which lessens the impact of her real crises and makes the resolution feel a little underdeveloped, especially the lack of consequences for a pack of sexting students. Every adult in the book condemns even a hint of teenage sexuality-even something as mild as wearing scoop-neck tops. Raf's dialogue is unusually halting and full of ellipses, which mirrors real-life conversations but makes exchanges between the characters drag. While the plot is predictable (Izzy and her mother eventually come to understand each other better, the popular boy who shows a sudden interest is really operating under a dare, another love interest is hiding in plain sight), Izzy's self-deprecating humor and wry observations bring fresh air to tired tropes. Raf's background in comedy serves her well and gives her protagonist an authenticity that will make readers feel invested in her story. A fairly standard contribution to the genre, but a solid one.-Gretchen Kolderup, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 0803732414
The Symptoms of My Insanity
The Symptoms of My Insanity
by Raf, Mindy
Rate this title:
vote data
Click an element below to view details:

BookList Review

The Symptoms of My Insanity

Booklist


From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

Izzy, 15, isn't your typical anxious teen. She is a straight-up cyberchondriac her sister dubs her Disease Louise who scours the Internet to find horrid diagnoses to explain her every little ache and pain. It's somewhat understandable, given her mom's recovery from (and possible relapse of?) a rare stomach cancer. As if this stress isn't enough, Izzy has a play to assistant direct, three paintings to finish for a shot at an art scholarship, and oh yeah, you know, boys. Handsome Blake is finally paying attention to her an attention that leads to a circulated snapshot of her breast that lends her the moniker Boobgirl. Isn't there a sweet, cute guy who would treat her right? (Romance readers know the answer: he has been right there all along!) Raf's welcome debut alternates between hilarious neuroticism (hyperaware make-out session play-by-plays) and effective scenes of panic attacks as Izzy tries to deal with her mom's worsening condition. It's a generous book, overstocked with characters and dialogue, and it should succeed in putting any reader's problem into a wider, and funnier, perspective.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 0803732414
The Symptoms of My Insanity
The Symptoms of My Insanity
by Raf, Mindy
Rate this title:
vote data
Click an element below to view details:

Publishers Weekly Review

The Symptoms of My Insanity

Publishers Weekly


Izzy struggles with boys who make rude comments about her curvy shape and a critical mother who tells her "your body delivers a very specific message, whether you want it to or not." She has other problems, too, including her mother's cancer, an important art scholarship deadline, and cute but confusing Blake, who makes her wonder if she's his "Art Friend or Girlfriend." Izzy's problems come to a head when Blake takes a revealing photo of her, which quickly goes viral at school; at the same time, Izzy's mother has to have emergency surgery and may die. Izzy finally expresses her feelings, both face-to-face and through her art. Despite Izzy's lovably neurotic nature, readers may tire of tracking the overwhelming number of problems in her life, especially when some of these problems, like her hypochondria, seem scripted to make a point ("If I was sick... Mom could concentrate on something about me that's potentially fixable"). Even so, readers will likely appreciate a refreshing upheaval of mean-girl stereotypes when the other girls at school come up with a creative solution to at least one of Izzy's problems. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Search Results Showing Item 2 of 16

Additional Resources