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I Don't Want To Be Crazy (Paperback)

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A harrowing, remarkable poetry memoir about one girl's struggle with anxiety disorder.

This is a true story of growing up, breaking down, and coming to grips with a psychological disorder. When Samantha Schutz first left home for college, she was excited by the possibilities -- freedom from parents, freedom from a boyfriend who was reckless with her affections, freedom from the person she was supposed to be. At first, she reveled in the independence . . . but as pressures increased, she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Thus began a hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.

About the Author

Samantha Schutz is the author of the acclaimed memoir I Don't Want to Be Crazy, which was a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and a Voices of Youth Advocates Poetry Pick. You Are Not Here was her first novel. Samantha lives and works in New York City as a children's book editor.

Praise For…

Praise for I Don't Want to be Crazy:
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"Versifying a novel takes craft and dedication. Versifying a memoir takes courage. I Don't Want to be Crazy invites readers inside the head of a young woman questioning her sanity. Author Samantha Schutz must be commended for allowing readers such a personal glimpse of this frightening piece of her life experience." -- Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank

"I Don't Want To Be Crazy is intense, intimate, heartbreaking. Its power is in its honesty, which is so profound and affecting, I had to remind myself to breathe." -- Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338337495
ISBN-10: 1338337491
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: March 26th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English