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I Don't Want To Be Crazy

I Don t Want To Be Crazy 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

  • Title: I Don't Want To Be Crazy
  • Author: Samantha Schutz
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  • Page: 333
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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 fromA 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 revelled 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.

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    1. Check out my book blog for more reviews and a full review of I Don't Want To Be Crazy!A beautiful verse novel about anxiety/panic disorder, written by someone who has actually gone through these things, so knows what it’s like. It’s also a memoir, and I think Samantha Schutz is very brave for telling her story to the world. Teens (or anyone really) who suffer from anxiety disorder, like me, will be able to relate to this book perfectly and feel like they’re not alone. And we all need that [...]

    2. I remembered the meme I hosted for the first half of April, and Samantha Schutz's I Don't Want To Be Crazy is a book that I would like to dedicate to myself. Haha. I am no stranger to anxiety and panic attacks, but mine does not hold candle in terms of gravity to Samantha's (this being a memoir of sorts). Reading this feels like reading a normal teenage girl's journal. A normal teenage girl with anxiety disorder, to be more specific. (more than 19 million American adults and more than one in ten [...]

    3. I have never had anyone so closely relate to my type of anxiety before. I feel like I want to hand this book to all the people I care about just so they can see what I feel like. I could relate to almost everything in her memoir. It makes me feel a little better that I'm not alone, but sad to know that there are so many people who secretly suffer so badly. It's tough always feeling like you are in and out of "remission" as the author puts it. Ever since I was 15 my life has been a series of off [...]

    4. This book chronicles the author's struggles with anxiety disorder, begining with her high school graduation and ending a year after college graduation. Written in free verse, Schutz clearly conveys the panic and fear associated with her disoder. Her story is gripping and powerful.

    5. “I can’t believeno one else can hear.I can screaming inside my head. I am going to die.I am going to die.I am going to die.” These are some of the thoughts that represent how Samantha Schutz feels quite often throughout the years represented in the poetic memoir I Don’t Want to be Crazy. The memoir begins with a high school graduate anxiously waiting for the day she leaves for college. Though excited for new possibilities and experiences, she is afraid. Samantha is afraid that things wil [...]

    6. This was okay - nowhere near like what the reader gets with Ellen Hopkins or Sonya Sones but that's just dealing with the verse aspect of the book. The other authors are fiction writers whereas this is non. I thought it was a little repetitive also but I suppose a life full of anxiety attacks might be repetitive. I will admit that I had no idea people dealt with anxiety to this degree. I've taken an anti-anxiety medicine myself and apparently barely needed it when I think about what Schutz went [...]

    7. 2.5 StarsI'm no expert on free verse,but I'm not certain thattaking everyday sentences andbreaking them into stanzas counts as poetry. Perhaps I was expecting a more eloquent voice,and while there are gems here, most of this memoir readslike a shattered paragraph.That said, there is courage in these pages. Living day to day with a mental illness such as Anxiety Disorder takes a special kind of strength, a strength that many people who've never had a panic attack might not appreciate. Samantha Sc [...]

    8. I checked out this book from the library after forgeting to bring my own book to our silent reading, and it actually turned out to be pretty good. It is all about a girl who is just starting college, and she realizes that she has many problems with anxiety that never bothered her before. She suddenly starts having panic attacks in class and has to start taking a bunch of meds, and decides to back off on hanging out with people for fear of having more panic attacks. I realized, when reading this, [...]

    9. This was an ok book. It wasn't exceptional to my mind, but was a personal account of a young woman's life that was engaging. I didn't find that the it gained anything by being an account in verse, as it seems to me the verse is basically formatted prose and not really stellar poetry. This made it seem somewhat gimmicky to me, but at the same time, it could have just been the only/best way to get the account down on paper. It didn't particularly find a place on my shelf but I could see it being a [...]

    10. I thought this book was somehow disturbing. But I find it discomforting that the author had anxiety disorders. I thought that she was brave enough to go through her college life knowing she might have panic attacks anytime. She feels that she's alone and that no one understands her. Before college though, she never had these fears, disorders, and she never had to take medication. I thought she was brave enough to write this memoir of the part of her life with anxiety disorders. In the end when s [...]

    11. Synopsis: Written as a verse-novel, this memoir is a real insight into the world of anxiety and anxiety disorders, in a way that speaks volumes for the justification and understanding of those involved, those so directly affected, and those who are just onlookers to such self destruction. The road became rocky for Samantha upon leaving her high school and therefore parents' home to leave for college, where rooms became too big, the possibilities were endless, and she just couldn't shake the crip [...]

    12. When Samantha Schutz goes away to college she starts suffering from paralyzing panic attacks. Her anxiety intensifies until the she feels fearful, physically ill, and must escape (whatever the situation) at any cost. Unable to calm herself down, Samantha seeks outside assistance from a therapist and a psychiatrist who are able to help her temporarily manage her condition. Still, she is a wreck throughout her first year of college. Once she comes clean to her friends about her problem, they are v [...]

    13. This is an autobiographical story told in verse and it is very moving. Samantha Schutz takes us into her world and shows us what it is like to live with an anxiety disorder. Since it is autobiographical everything feels very real and her descriptions of the panic attacks are done well. I think the having the story told in verse is clever and shows us how the author thinks and feels about everything around her. Her depictions of the therapists were also interesting because they are very similar t [...]

    14. 3 stars: It was an okay read Nothing too special.Publisher: PushDate Published: July 1st, 2006Pages: 280Source: I own this book.Genre: YA Poetry/Mental HealthSeries: No Overall Thoughts: This book had a very interesting concept. It was a book written in verse and it was about's this author's life and her struggles with mental illness. I did have a few problems with it but it was okay.What I Liked:- Written in verse- About the author- Portrayed mental illness in a very true way that really descri [...]

    15. I grabbed this book at a library book sale earlier this week where I paid a whopping twenty cents for 4 books. *sigh* I'm not sure where to start with this one. On one hand, I almost thought I was going to go crazy reading it. Become depressed or irritated. Buton the other hand it was wonderful. Wonderful in a weird, distorted sort of way. In a way that only people who have had issues with anxiety/panic attacks would understand, or only someone who has seen a loved one suffer from this would und [...]

    16. This book makes you want to puke!you'll feel sick all the time reading this. Yes, a book that talks about anxiety disorder but won't help how to get rid of it ,but this book makes things a lot more worse even if you doesn't know what anxiety disorder is.

    17. Navigating college for the first time can be difficult. New people, new places, and new freedoms, can be exciting, however if you have an anxiety disorder these freedoms can become overwhelming. “I Don't Want to be Crazy,” is a memoir that follows Samantha Schutz on her journey through college and into adulthood. This book immediately grabs the reader's attention by starting in the midst of a panic attack, “I feel like a marionette—Like someone else is pulling the stringsAnd I have no ch [...]

    18. This one made me see Anxiety Disorder in a whole new light. However, halfway through, it kind of dropped and I didn't really understand the direction in which the book went. The poetry was really good in some parts and it's rather brave of Samantha to have survived this. Good luck to her!

    19. Very realistic portrayal of anxiety. I give a lot of credit to the author for being brave enough to be this honest. I've had very similar experiences, and enjoyed being able to relate to this book. Some stanzas read like poetry, some more like prose. Overall, if you have anxiety and want to feel less alone, or know someone who struggles with it and want to understand, I think this is a great resource.

    20. Name of book:I Dont Want To Be CrazyAuthor:Samantha SchutPages:280Genre:Biography and Autobiography, Poetry and Rhymes, Young Adult Reading Level:9.4Exposition:Samantha Schutz is exited for her first year of collage and it exited to go away from her parents for some time. She has always had an easy going life her parents werent divorce she was loved her family was really happy and humbled. She had always been really smart and was send to like specliazed kindergraden she has always been advvance [...]

    21. Personal Response:I really enjoyed reading this book. It was written in poem form, so that made it more interesting for me to read. As I read about the many panic attacks the main character suffered from, I felt the exhaustion and annoyance which she expressed. This book ass a biography about anxiety. Normally, to me, biographies are boring books just containing facts which I wouldn't find interesting. This book, however, did a great job as it combined a great story with real situations about an [...]

    22. Name of book: I Don't Want To Be CrazyAuthor:Samantha SchutzPages:288Genre:NonfictionReading Level of book:10.4Exposition (4-6 sentences)Samantha is ready to go to college. Like any young adult, she can't wait to gain freedom. She can't wait to move out do whatever she wants and party. Everything seems to be going well because she got to pick her own roommate and gets along with them well. Now that she is in college she feels responsible because her older sister moved back home and she can make [...]

    23. I can't believe/ no one else can hear/ I am screaming/ inside my head/ I am going to die. At first, she revelled in the independence. But as pressures increased, she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Samantha Schutz sets out our experience of anxiety and panic attacks during her college years. In her first semester in college, she does not totally feel like she fits in and she starts to experience severe anxiety in her classes, mak [...]

    24. I found this memoir to be a very easy read. I like the fact that the author chose to use verse style writing to convey the message that Sam doesn't necessarily live by the rules.I think the story line is very realistic. I know that I could relate to Sam's feeling of coming home from college and feeling trapped by parental figures. I know I came home for weekends and vacations and had to still adhere to a 10 pm curfew because "you have to set an example for your brother." Like i mentioned in my r [...]

    25. Finally a YA (or adult) fiction (inspired by true life) book about PANIC DISORDER! With so many books similar to this written about drug addiction, depression, anorexia, child abuse and every other emotional disturbance found on earth I was beginning to think that Panic Disorder was too niche of a subject to write about. NOPE! This book is beautifully written in a poetry-esque style and reminds me of Ellen Hopkins series but better. Being someone who was diagnosed with panic disorder at the age [...]

    26. In I Don't Want To Be Crazy, Samantha Schutz relays the realities of panic attacks through a biographical account of her own battle with anxiety that uses verse style writing. Unlike typical young adult narratives set in high school, I Don't Want To Be Crazy is unique in that it introduces the protagonist Samantha during the transitional summer before going away to college; as the story unfolds it takes place throughout her college years and post graduation. At first Samantha is relieved that sh [...]

    27. Katie DiLauroGSLIS 739Book Review #2Schutz, Samantha. I don’t want to be crazy. ISBN: 978-0-439-80519-3This true to life story is based on author Samantha Schutz’ personal battle with a psychological disorder. Ecstatic to be leaving home and experiencing the freedoms that come with going off to college, Samantha’s world is turned upside down when she begins to suffer panic attacks. In an almost constant state of panic and doubt, she decides to see a therapist, and sometime later, finally t [...]

    28. Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadTooMillions of people suffer from anxiety disorder (panic attacks) on a daily basis. Most suffer needlessly, either due to lack of medical treatment, misdiagnosis, or ignorance of the condition. I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY is one woman's brave confession of her struggles with the debilitating disorder. Samantha Schutz was first diagnosed with anxiety disorder at age seventeen, after years of suffering with the problem. She uses this memoir t [...]

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