NOT AS CRAZY AS I SEEM by George Harrar

NOT AS CRAZY AS I SEEM

Age Range: 11 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A 15-year-old boy with OCD struggles for mental health. Obsessed with cleanliness, germs, order, and the number four, Devon Brown feels compelled to wash his hands frequently, line up his books perfectly, and eat four of everything. Hoping to give Devon a fresh start (again), his concerned parents move, hire a new therapist, and enroll Devon in private school. The story, which never develops the dramatic urgency of Harrar’s Parents Wanted, gathers steam when one of Devon’s new acquaintances talks him into going to the school after-hours, then defaces the property with spray paint. Devon, who accompanied the boy because he felt the need to straighten a crooked poster in the biology room, is seen at the school, accused of the crime, and suspended. The reader is supposed to see a connection between Devon’s obsessions and the trouble he gets into, but the correlation is weak, and despite the intriguing topic, the protagonist never becomes more than a sum of his neuroses. (Fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: April 24th, 2003
ISBN: 0-618-26365-9
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2003




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