Benjamin Lebert introduces himself on the first day at his new school: "Hi, I'm Benjamin Lebert, I'm 16 and a cripple. Just so you know..." He is paralysed down his left side, but nevertheless lives his life to the full as a rebellious schoolboy, smoking, drinking, running away, meeting girls and having sex - and all the while pondering the meaning of life.
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This is the story of Crazy: when the book was first published in Germany it was a literary sensation, topping the bestseller lists. It has been compared to JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. It is being made into a film. Its author, Benjamin Lebert, wrote the book when he was only 16 years old.
This is the story in Crazy: Benjamin Lebert, an under-achiever who is paralysed on the left side of his body, is placed in a new boarding school. His father has left his mother for a buxom 20-year-old. His sister's sexy lesbian lovers have been taunting him. He has a bad grade in mathematics. He is cynical about life. At school he makes friends with a motley crew of boys and, despite being disabled, participates in all their nefarious pranks. His friends also provide a network of support for him and a sounding board for his ideas about life, love and happiness. They all share their insecurities, talk about family relationship, chase after girls, smoke a lot, run away from school and get drunk in a sleazy striptease bar.
What's special about Crazy is that Lebert tells us a lot about how teenagers think. We learn about their views on adulthood, sex, family, religion and life. "Old people have a completely different attitude to life. They don't like us. And we don't like them." Crazy is an excellent coming-of-age novel; a charming glimpse of adolescence by a captivating young author. --Edward BloorReview:
"Catcher In The Rye for the MTV generation"-Daily Telegraph"
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Book Description 2001-07-26., 2001. Book Condition: New. Puffin Books. New Ed. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 192pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1050120
Book Description Puffin Books, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141307412