The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy . . . or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.
Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend's band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.
A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.
When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?
The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.
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“Huntington’s causes a deterioration of neurodegenerative skills,” Leslie recited. “The disease generally takes about three years to completely set in, although symptoms are hard to diagnose at first, with things like clumsiness, and distant behaviour being common.” I let out a breath I didn’t know I’d been holding. Was that my dad? He’d always been kind of clumsy, sure. Had he had this lurking monster inside his head for a few years, and I hadn’t even realised?“Addiction is a common side effect, with things like drinking becoming a problem for some sufferers. Control of the limbs and speech will deteriorate at varying speeds for varying patients. General prognosis is fifteen to twenty years from first onset,” Leslie kept on reading. “The most common life-threatening complications are pneumonia, followed by heart complications and—finally—suicide.”I blinked. I looked outside at the old man and the girl by the tree. Now the elder gentleman had his arm around the young woman, holding her close in a loving way. I tried to erase him from the picture, imagine him swinging from the tree with a rope around his neck. I tried to replace his face with my dad’s.I shook my head and pushed the picture out of my mind. What was wrong with me? Thoughts like that weren’t normal. He was okay. My dad was alive, unwell, but alive. I was a sick, sick person to even think that.Like my father.
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Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now.
As well as being a magazine editor for a national audited publication on pet care, Lauren works as a freelance editor for independent authors, and was a Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013.
Lauren is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and is obsessed with words--she likes the way they work.
She lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her fiance and their two super-cute puppies.