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    A heartwarming story with many life lessons

    Other People's Crazy is a book following the story of Brandon Filips and his chaotic life. Brandon is the largest person in his class, yet he's also the timidest and often feels invisible despite his size. One day, he gets bullied by the smallest kid in class, but a video the bully's friend recorded and edited makes it seem like Brandon is the bully. Now Brandon is being sent to the principal's office with his mother for something he didn't even do. Little does Brandon know, though, his life is about to change forever. Things are going to get wild for Brandon, especially with a crazy mom to deal with. Add in a dash of karma, a splash of Slurpee, and an unexpected dog, and Brandon is in for the ride of his life. Will Brandon get off the hook of the bullying accusation? Will Brandon ever be able to forgive his bully? Find out in this amazing book! Gregory Fletcher wrote a heartwarming story with many life lessons to be learned. In this book, the reader is taught the value of family and friendship. Most importantly, the reader learns that people are very complex creatures, and you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: "He shrugged, 'Funny thing about other people's crazy,' he said, as if choosing his words wisely, 'If you listen close, it's not always crazy. But true listening is hard.'" We're told that sometimes the things that people do that seem crazy aren't always crazy. Brandon's character was very realistic in this story. It's almost as if Gregory opened a window into the mind of this average high schooler and brought the story to life. I would recommend this book for ages ten and up.
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    A permanent staple on my bookshelf!

    Other People’s Crazy by Gregory Fletcher is a book written from the point of view of a high school boy trying to fit in. The book introduces Brandon as an overweight boy who has some trouble making friends, and therefore he doesn’t try. On one particular day, Brandon goes outside to eat lunch, like he does every day, but this time, the smallest kid in class comes flying at him. With the help of a friend, Stuart (the boy who attacked Brandon) posts a video of the fight online. However, he makes it look as though Brandon is the one attacking Stuart, instead of the other way around. In reality, Brandon just stood there and waited while Stuart assaulted him, showing no signs of aggression at all. Brandon’s life turns into a struggle of trying to get over Stuart’s acts and still trying to be active in school. Brandon’s mom has a different way of viewing life through the form of predictions; to make something happen, you talk like it already happened. For example, “Thank you for helping me with my science test,” would help you remember most of the answers on the day of the test. This thinking is hard for Brandon. He struggles to keep himself from thinking negatively. According to his mom, negative thoughts negate all positive thinking in general. Read Other People’s Crazy to find out if Brandon can fight through this tough situation and whether or not he uses his mom’s predictions to solve his problems. This book was a very enjoyable read. It hooks you early and doesn't waste time on boring details. I loved the different characters' personalities and how they fit into what a normal society would look like, instead of a perfect one that's unreasonable. Throughout the storyline, I could see the characters progress in their learning, making it more realistic and therefore, more engaging. Overall, this was a fantastic book and will become a permanent staple of my bookshelf. This book was one of the best books I have read, and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Other People's Crazy by Gregory Fletcher is a great book that I recommend for 13-15-year-olds since it has some language not suitable for younger readers.
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