Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis
“I’m looking out from inside the chaos. It must be a one-way mirror because no one seems to be able to see back inside to where I am. The looks on their faces, the judgment in their eyes, tells me everything I need to know. The most frustrating part about the whole messed up situation is that even though I’m the one that they stare at in shock, I am just as shocked as they are. I know no more than they do of why I lose control. What they don’t know is that I am more scared of myself than they could ever be.” ~ Tally Baker After a devastating turn of events, seventeen year old Tally Baker is admitted to Mercy Psychiatric Facility where she is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She has come to a place where she honestly believes that her life is over. Her mind tells her that she will never smile or laugh again, that she will never be normal again. It is in this unlikely place that she meets two people, different in every way, yet both critical to helping her realize that she has so much more living to do. Candy, a cantankerous sixty year old Mercy Psychiatric patient, is hell bent on driving everyone as crazy as she is. Candy shows Tally that, regardless of her diagnosis, the ability to push on and live her life to the fullest is her choice and hers alone. In the midst of Tally’s oftentimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, escapades with Candy, a new patient is admitted to Mercy—a Native American woman named Lolotea. Along with this new patient comes a daily visitor, her son, Trey Swift. At first glance, it is obvious to Tally that he is incredibly handsome and unbelievably caring. But what she learns through her second glance, and many thereafter, is that there is much more to Trey than he ever lets on. It is during these daily visits that Trey and Tally build a friendship far deeper than either of them truly realize. With Trey, Tally feels for the first time since being admitted that someone is looking at her as a person and not as a disease. Trey begins to make it clear that he wants more than friendship, but she knows that she can never give him more. How can she, when she won’t even give him the truth? Tally doesn't tell Trey that she is a patient at Mercy, and she doesn't ever plan to. Her plans go up in flames when she finds out that Trey is a new student at her school, the school where her brokenness was found out in the floor of the girl’s bathroom in a pool of her own blood.~Goodreads
Call Me Crazy was insane! Alright, I've made my lame joke. Now onto the review. I abso-friggin’-lutely loved-with all my book nerd heart-this book. The issue I find with a lot of the contemporary romance novels and some paranormal books is that the issues are mundane. Especially compared to epic quests and blood spilling battles that come along with most paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi novels. But I did not have this problem with Call Me Crazy. Though the plot twists lacked Ms. Lotis’ usual MO of elf kings, witches, warlocks it didn't lack in intensity. The life and difficulties that came with Tally’s bipolar disorder and Trey’s home life kept me up until 3:30 am the day it came out.
Tally is one of the two main characters. She is such a mix of personality traits that it can be hard to get a grasp on her. Once you do, however, you make such a deep emotional connection that I had a really hard time calling her out on her bad decisions. Tally in all of her Tally-ness is so lovable and surprisingly relate able. She is strong, determined, sarcastic and funny. But she is also self conscious and a little timid.
Trey has got to be one of the most intense character I have ever “met” and that is coming from reading every single Quinn Loftis, and Shelly Crane book, the pteron series by Alyssa Rose Ivy and the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. So with this being said I am sure you can imagine he is quite the protective, possessive, caring, fierce fellow. He reminded me quite a bit of Decibel from the Grey Wolves Series. I definitely fell for him.
So all in all Tally and Trey= Awesome. Call Me Crazy= Another win for Quinn Loftis.
“I’ll remember that.”
“That I’m harsh?” She asked and her eyes flicker with curiosity.
“No, I’ll remember to make my kiss worthy of the bases.”
I’m across the space that was between us and standing in front of Trey faster than I knew I could move. I smack her hand away [from his chest] and glare at her.
“Back the hell up,” my voice is surprisingly calm considering the jealousy and anger that is pulsing through me. Amber stares at me with utter disdain and if I could even bring myself to care, I wouldn't. I feel a strong arm come around me and pull me against a firm stomach. I feel warm breath on my neck and nearly pass out when I feel lips just behind my ear.
“Good morning.” Trey whispers against it.