At the request of a dear friend, Pearl Cleage’s What Crazy Looks Like on an Ordinary Day was another last minute swap in for my 2017 list. To be perfectly blunt, I was hesitant about taking it on – from the synopsis, it appears to be one of those novels where everything bad a person could possibly think of manages to happen: overloading the reader with all things depressing.
But, I was too quick to judge; What Crazy Looks Like… as well as the main character, Ava, were a true delight.
While, yes, What Crazy Looks Like has a bit of a formulaic feel and it’s easy to predict where certain plot lines will lead, the ride is enjoyable. Cleage doesn’t skimp on delivering fully developed characters with relatable relationships and behaviors. As “crazy” as things get for Ava and her sister, Joyce, the stretch stops short of being unrealistic.
What Crazy Looks Like on an Ordinary Day, is packed full of the drama, joy, romance, and laughter that makes for a quality vacation or rainy Sunday read.
Rating: 3 Sneaky Church Ladies