Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
3/5 stars, strong start with a weak ending
My Kind of Crazy started with a bang - or should I say, spark? The voice and the action gripped me right away and the pacing was executed well. I enjoyed the characters, but the overall plot was lack-luster in the sense that nothing really happened and the little conflict that actually existed was solved in too-simple ways.
In my opinion, the strongest parts of the story were the characters and the voice. Particularly Hank. He was very funny and honest, and most importantly, he kept the story interesting. Peyton was interesting, too, but I felt she was intentionally interesting whereas Hank was accidentally interesting. He was something people stumble upon while Peyton is something that gets thrown in people's faces. The two of them complimented each other nicely.
My biggest pet peeve with My Kind of Crazy was the instalove. The quickness with which Hank and Peyton fell for each other was too fast for me and Hank didn't even seem to like Peyton as much as he felt bad for her. I couldn't fully believe in their relationship due to the intense and fast-paced nature of it all. They didn't even know each other prior to their first on-page interaction, but then jumped into very adult-like emotions and situations. Lastly, I felt like the story lost its voice as that specific relationship progressed.
Overall, it was a fun contemporary that I sped through quickly and enjoyed despite its flaws.
My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul will be released April 5, 2016.