Meet Mindy Raf:
The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3.5 stars – If you’re looking for a book with a refreshingly funny, sweet, snarky, and slightly awkward heroine then you must pick up Mindy Raf’s debut.
In The Symptoms of My Insanity we meet Izzy who is an incredibly likable character. She’s got a lot on her plate, her mom has been ill, (she’s become a bit of a hypochondriac because of it) she’s got to get her art portfolio prepared for an opportunity of a lifetime, and her best friend has volunteered her to help with the school play. On top of all that, one of the popular boys suddenly takes an interest in her and she’s not quite sure how to deal with it all.
I have to say that this is another book that tackles quite a few ‘issues’ specifically the issues that teen girls face daily. While it does that, I didn’t feel like it bogged the story down at all. Ultimately it’s about Izzy taking back her life. She’s constantly giving of her time and energy, never focusing on herself and we get to see firsthand how that really is impacting her sanity.
I really enjoyed the humor and the way Raf took these serious topics, specifically teen sexuality and used the wonderful character she created in Izzy to lighten them up but still bring them to the forefront.
Izzy was my favorite thing about this story – like I said above, she wasn’t the perfect heroine – she’s a bit of an art nerd, a bit snarky and her voluptuous body makes her a prime target for teasing.
I’m about to ask Svenya if she feels anything suspicious when I look down and notice the cavernous cleavage I have from the monster-size underwire the Russians have strapped onto me. Holy cow! if one of these ladies dropped her pen right now, my breasts would swallow it whole. I’m like a living, breathing, busty Bermuda Triangle.
It did seem to me though, that some of her voice, the lightheartedness, the snarkiness, seemed to get lost midway through the book, and that is what drew me to her initially so I was a bit disappointed in that.
Overall, I think this was a good read… Izzy won me over and by the end I was feeling a bit insane myself, just experiencing everything she had. If you’re looking for something that tackles some serious topics but does it in a funny and touching way, definitely pick up The Symptoms of My Insanity!
Thank you to Penguin & Dial Books for the advance copy for an honest review.