Hey, Book Junkies! This month we read The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf chosen by the wonderful Emma. If you’re new to the group don’t worry! We’re a Goodreads group and each month a book is chosen by the moderators (Emma, Beth, and Sophie). We take suggestions for the next month, too! To access our group click here. We would love if you joined us next month! At the end of the month, we put out a book chat discussing the book of that month. Please comment on the Goodreads page your thoughts, we’d love to include other opinions!
As previously stated, we read The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf. Here’s a little synopsis:
A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine.
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.
I almost raised my hand, but what would I say? “Mr. Bayer, may I please be excused? I’m not totally positive, but I think I might have cancer.” No way. Then everyone at school would know, and they would treat me differently, and I would be known as “Izzy, that poor girl who diagnosed herself with breast cancer during biology.”
But Izzy’s sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help her through the insanity.
We thoroughly enjoyed laughing with Izzy on this one! Here’s some chat:
Thoughts on Blake?
Sophie: I. Hate. Blake. What scum. I’m glad Izzy finally put her foot down. *scoffs*
What did you think of Izzy’s voice?
Sophie: I found myself laughing out loud while reading this – she is so funny! Izzy’s voice is so relatable that I couldn’t help but love her.
Beth: She’s so relatable! I loved her so much!
Do you think this book deserves more hype?
Sophie: Yes, I never even knew this was out there until Emma suggested it! I wish I had known sooner because I enjoyed this one. I like the plot and Izzy’s story. I loved all the characters really (okay NOT Blake, but Blake does have one redeeming moment in the end).
Beth: Definitely – especially for its relatable-ness. It’s a simple but clever book and one I enjoyed very much.
What are your thoughts on the title?
Beth: Ahh! It suits this book so well. Simple but so perfect and spot on.
Sophie: Ditto! I love it 🙂
What did you want to do to Blake in that museum scene?
Beth: Bury him alive.
Sophie: Ditto again – I wanted her to kick him where the sun don’t shine.
Did you ever find Izzy even a little bit strange?
Beth: Yes! I just didn’t get that ‘art’ thing. But still, I loved her.
Sophie: Yeah, but I love her quirkiness.
A note from Emma:
Hey, guys! I’m really sorry I’m not joining you all for our monthly book chat again! I’ve just got some things coming up that are keeping me very busy, unfortunately. Don’t worry! I’m only taking a short break for the next few months, and then I’ll be back! (If you still want me!!)
For next month’s read we chose A Study in Charlotte by Britanny Cavallaro. This is a mystery that follows the descendents of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Being fans of Holmes and Watson ourselves, this decision was pretty easy. Click here for a full description of the book and to add it to your Goodreads. We would love for you to join us this month! We also have created an April Instagram challenge that will be running for the entire month. You can find it on any of our accounts (Emma @thebookcrunch, Beth @thebooksareverywhere, Sophie @mindofabookdragon).
Thanks for sticking around this month – we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next month! We hope you enjoy A Study in Charlotte!
Happy reading, may your shelves always overflow with books, & read on!
Sophie, Beth, & Emma