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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
Crazy Like Me by Erin Lee is about psychotherapist Katherine Murphy and her struggle to maintain a healthy relationship while guiding her patients through an obstacle course of debilitating mental issues. Katherine struggles to focus on the problems of her patients rather than internalizing their problems and comparing them to her own. In the meantime, a new group's therapy sessions bring several of her patients face to face for some eye-opening discussions about how others view their actions.
Erin Lee brings to light something most people have never thought about. Therapists are people too and have their own issues to deal with. In Crazy Like Me, Erin makes it clear that everyone is a little bit crazy, and it is more important how you deal with your mental and emotional issues than what you are crazy about. The plot and Katherine's personal discoveries are explored through individual and group therapy sessions with a colorful cast of characters who each cope with life in a different way, intermingled with highlights from Katherine's personal life.
Like therapy, I found Crazy Like Me to be built on layers, and only through exploring each layer did I truly learn to appreciate the full impact of the message hidden beneath the surface. Lee expertly explores the world of psychotherapy with sensitivity and honesty. Her characters reminded me of people I know and gave me hope that they too may find a lifeline in a trained therapist. She also reminded me just how human medical specialists really are and how the general public fails to see the real person behind the facade of professionalism.