Taylor is going crazy. At least, she thinks so when her mother places her in Saint Jude, a group home for teens with mental illnesses. At Saint Jude, Taylor discovers a group of other teenage "crazies": Princess, Blaine, Isaac, and her soon-to-be best friend, Reno. This zany group specializes in quips and antics to avoid coming to terms with their problems, especially by frustrating Arnold "Big Daddy" Hopkins, the therapist and director. But the mood turns serious when tragedy strikes one of the group and "Big Daddy" is replaced by Dalton, who forces each of them to confront their futures with avant-garde techniques. One by one, they leave Saint Jude not with a "magic cure" but at least with the means to cope with life as an adult.
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"Similar to Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted and Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone, this is an excellent read with well developed characters."
—Nicole M. Marcuccilli, Glenview Public Library, IL
"This odd, yet moving story, will have appeal for teens touched by adult books such as Girl, Interrupted and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, titles that also got inside the minds of the 'crazies.'"
—Jean Franklin, ©American Library Association. All rights reserved.