Five Star Review! Crazy House by James Patterson

Crazy House
by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet
Publication: May 22nd 2017
by Hachette Book Group
Category: YA
Genre: Dystopian, Thriller
Source: Library

My Rating:

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No one gets out alive.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her home and thrown without reazon into a hellish prison known as the Crazy House. To avoid execution, she’s told to shut her mouth and keep her head down.

Becca was never really good at either.

Her only hope for survival is for her sister, Cassie, to find her—that the “good twin” will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because the jailers at Crazy House soon discover they made a mistake that could get both sisters killed…

~My Thoughts~

I have been aware of the existence of James Patterson and his many books and accomplishments for decades, but this is the first book of his I’ve read. Wow, it’s crazy to say that out loud. Everything happens for a reason, though.

Crazy House is a remarkable book! Yes, terrible things happen in this story. I’ve seen other folks preface their written opinion with a “trigger warning.” These days it seems like everything requires a trigger warning because everyone is just so darn triggered by everything. Gosh, I miss the good old days.

Yep, I just went there. It’s fiction, folks. It’s supposed to evoke an emotional response.

Unless you limit yourself to reading only tales that involve rainbows and the magical unicorns that frolic in flowery meadows below… you MUST READ THIS BOOK! It’s violent and intense and my heart raced while reading every single page. I found myself skimming at times so I could absorb the story faster. I wished I was Neo (from The Matrix) so someone could jam a plug into the back of my head and I would know everything instantly. But where’s the fun in that?

I know it’s only February, but this is certainly my favorite book of the year so far. I don’t award a five star rating often, but this book is deserving in every way. The pacing, characters, world-building… it’s all top-notch. Crazy House is like The Hunger Games meets The Program meets Fight Club. Comparing it to other books really doesn’t do it justice. It’s unique and full of life (and deaths) all on its own. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves grit and mystery, death and destruction, and heart-pounding, page-turning greatness.

I do have to warn you.. the ending is very abrupt and I will not rest until there is a second book! Please tell me there is another installment coming!!

~About the Author~

James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction and is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists.

For his initiatives to help kids become passionate readers and for his philanthropic efforts, Patterson was awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

James Patterson has donated more than one million books to students, emphasizing some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. In 2015, Patterson donated $1.75 million to school libraries throughout the United States, and $250,000 in holiday bonuses to individual bookstore employees. He also gave $1 million to independent bookstores in 2014.

In May 2015, Patterson launched a new children’s book imprint at Little, Brown, called JIMMY Patterson, that is unwaveringly focused on one goal: turning kids into lifelong readers. This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers. Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

Patterson has also founded, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation’s excitement for reading.

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