Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960s, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance.

But she’s carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from mental illness. No one in Laura’s family will talk about her mother’s past hospitalizations or her increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. Laura finds some refuge in art, but when her mother suffers a breakdown after taking up painting again herself, even art ceases to provide much comfort.

This powerful young adult novel-in-verse tackles complex themes in a way that will have readers rooting for Laura as she struggles to find her courage and dig for the answers she needs.

Check out our wonderful — and wonderfully evocative — new trailer for Linda Vigen Phillips’s debut novel Crazy below.

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