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Be Good Be Real Be Crazy


Be Good Be Real Be Crazy

BE GOOD BE REAL BE CRAZY by Chelsey Philpot is an interesting novel that really gets you thinking about what love truly is. Eighteen-year-old Homer, along with his brother Einstein, live on an island off the coast of Florida. Homer’s world is turned upside down when Mia comes to town. She’s a mysterious girl who ends up working at the store Homer’s fathers own. D.B. and Christian, Homer’s fathers, treat Mia as if she was their own daughter, causing Mia and Homer to become great friends. From the first day he saw Mia, however, Homer knew he was in love with her. Too afraid to confess his feelings, Homer must find another way to get Mia to stay. When he finds out Mia is leaving for Massachusetts, Homer does the only thing that makes sense to him. He offers to drive her up there. D.B. and Christian agree, but under the condition that Einstein is to go with them.

"BE GOOD BE REAL BE CRAZY was a fascinating story that I highly recommend to those interested in romance comedies --- if you like any of John Green’s books, this book is definitely for you."

The majority of the book takes place with Homer, Einstein and Mia on the road. Of course with every road trip, nothing can go as planned. They get involved with some interesting people along the way and they even pick up a straggler. Throughout the trip, Homer’s love for Mia grows. More than anything he wants her to tell him to turn around so they can all stay in Florida together. However --- knowing this won’t happen --- Homer drives on. Upon reaching Massachusetts, once again nothing goes as planned. A lost car and broken arm later, the conflicts are finally resolved.

When I first started reading BE GOOD BE REAL BE CRAZY, I was not all that impressed. It was just like any other teenage romance. Boy notices girl. Girl doesn’t notice boy. However, as I read on I came to realize that this book is different. It is your typical love story, but it is conveyed in an entirely different way than what I have read before. Although the book is from a third person viewpoint, Homer and his emotions are the main focus throughout the story. You get an inside look into how the average boy-in-love’s brain functions and what he thinks about.

BE GOOD BE REAL BE CRAZY is also a little confusing at times. After introducing a new character, Philpot would insert a chapter offering some background information on the new person. However, the character’s name would not be mentioned and you had to figure out who she was talking about on your own. The novel also leaves you wandering what happens in the end. Yes, I know some people like being able to come up with their own ending and creating different scenarios. But if you’re anything like me, you will want to know what the author had in mind for the characters. You want to see where his or her vision takes them. I would have also have liked to learn more about Mia’s past. I understand how she is mysterious and how she doesn’t like talking about it. But as a reader, I would better understand why she is the way she is if I had more information to base her character off of.

Overall, BE GOOD BE REAL BE CRAZY was a fascinating story that I highly recommend to those interested in romance comedies --- if you like any of John Green’s books, this book is definitely for you. It was funny and heartfelt. This book brings your emotions to life and makes you wonder if maybe you have a Homer in your life.

Reviewed by Ashley D., Teen Board Member on October 27, 2016

Be Good Be Real Be Crazy
by Chelsey Philpot

  • Publication Date: October 11, 2016
  • Genres: Family, Fiction, Friendship
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0062293729
  • ISBN-13: 9780062293725