CRAZY IN LOVE, BY ANNABELLE COSTA
PUBLICATION: ROSE BUD PRESS; MARCH 31, 2017
About the book:
They call her Crazy Anna.
Anna Flint won’t shake your hand. She collects tin cans. She cleans her cubicle at work with Lysol several times a day. But Anna doesn’t care that they call her crazy. She’s absolutely satisfied with her life of perfect organization, cleanliness, and most of all, solitude.
Matt Harper likes Anna Flint. He likes that she’s the smartest person he knows and he likes her big blue eyes. He doesn’t even mind her can collection. In fact, he pretty much likes everything about Anna. As his body and his world are falling apart, she still manages to make him happy.
Matt is the only person Anna has ever wanted to be close to. But how can she go on a date with him if the thought of dinner at a restaurant fills her with terror? How can she ever kiss the man she loves if she can’t even touch him?
Maybe it’s time to stop being Crazy Anna. If only she could.
Crazy in Love is such a well-written, untraditional romance that I loved from the beginning to the end. Anna is an extremely smart coder that struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has limited social skills, resulting in her isolating herself from those around her. Anna finds most things contaminated and dirty and dislikes most everyone, except for Matt. Matt is the good-lucking guy in the next cubicle who, like most everyone else, finds Anna strange. However, Matt also finds her beautiful and is completely drawn to her. As Matt’s life changes for the worse they continue to be drawn to one another, but both will have to make several compromises.
There is nothing negative I can say about this book! Easiest review ever, lol!
O.k., seriously I did love everything about this novel. Author Annabelle Costa has created such a gem in the world of novels. Written from both Anna and Matt’s points of view, the reader is swept into two very different worlds. Matt starts out as a normal guy – hanging out with his best buddy, picking up women, and having co-workers flirt with him. However, he is blindsided with health issues that progress along with the novel, challenging all of his self-confidence and pride. Anna starts out basically as Matt describes her, “batshit crazy,” but while reading the story from her POV it’s quickly evident that Anna suffers from OCD and possible a few other social disorders. The first thing I noticed was how completely different each chapter was as the author went back and forth between Matt and Anna – and it was incredible! Having worked with children, teens, and adults for several years, I’ve seen so many different places on the Autism spectrum, Aspergers, OCD, Behavioral Disorders, and so on. Costa honestly captured each character’s voices in their own unique way.
Again, this is anything but a traditional love story, yet it is so beautiful there just aren’t enough words. Even with limited settings, this story is complex and moving provoking both laughter and tears. While watching Matt’s condition worsen, we get a glimpse of Anna’s situation improving – and then somewhere they meet in the middle. I cannot explain how highly I recommend this novel and truly feel it is one that everyone should read regardless of gender, age, or typical genre preference.
*Thanks to Annabelle Costa for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!