• Title: Sounds Like Crazy
  • Author: Shana Mahaffey
  • ISBN: 9780451227911
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Sounds like Crazy? Sounds like Adaptation and Survival to me! Ho-ly crap! I never expected to feel and absolutely fall in love with this. I picked this up as a second thought out of a bin in a discount bookstore. I thought, "Huh, this looks mildly interesting. May get a few chuckles out of it." A definite filler book.if you will. Ah, uh-no! This woman Holly -- this precious, scary, intelligent, traumatized, fragile being -- just about stole my heart. I can't count how many times I laughed and cr [...]

    2. What would you do with 5 different voices in your head telling you what to do?! Well Holly Miller, who stars in Sounds like Crazy by Shana Mahaffey, calls her 5 voices "the Committee", and she's brought negotiation to a new level as she tries to deal with the life before her and the people in her head that each play a key role in how she handles different situations. There's Ruffles, who weighs a ton and eats Ruffle Potato Chips all day while sitting on a purple pillow. There's the Faceless Boy, [...]

    3. 3.5/5Holly is a young woman living in NYC who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, and lives with five other personalities in her head, whom she collectively calls The Committee. Betty Jane, a charming Southern vixen of sorts, is the leader of The Committee and has a sizable amount of control over Holly and the other personalities.Holly’s been working various dead-end waitressing jobs, and continues to be fired from them, has a dysfunctional and disconnected relationship with her parents, and h [...]

    4. Have you ever acted not quite yourself? Maybe you’ve said or done something that has people shaking their heads in wonder. Perhaps you have different moods, heck, even different personalities from day-to-day. Most people would say you are moody, PMS’ing, maybe a little off, or even Bipolar, but if you are Holly Miller, you really are six different people. Sounds Like Crazy by Shana Mahaffey is a fabulous work of fiction.The faceless boy, the prayerful Silent One, the protective Sarge, the ro [...]

    5. Holly Miller has dissociative identity disorder - what they used to call multiple personalities. Although having five people inside her head is disruptive and frustrating, Holly does try to make the best of it. She uses one personality's talents to score a voice-over role on a television cartoon that gives The Simpsons a run for its money. She uses another personality's military background to keep herself disciplined enough to show up on time to her appointments. She drags herself to her psychia [...]

    6. I'll be perfectly honest: Many times I considered dropping this book. I looked for an audio version. I tried to find a summary online in order to be able to talk at book club next month without finishing it, but all of it failed. When I looked on here, there were so many 4-5 star reviews, so I thought, what am I missing? Why couldn't I get into this book? It actually took more than half of the book for me to start to like it. It was funny early on, but we were laughing at the main character, not [...]

    7. I started this book and wasn't quite sure it was going. I could have never in a million years predicted where it was going to end up. What starts out as the story of a woman suffering with multiple personalities and comedic turns into something completely different as you discover how the voices came into her lifeReally enjoyed this one but I had to give it a good 50 pages before I really got into it though

    8. This book was both a fabulous exploration of the potential for living a functional life while dealing with a non-psycho-normative condition (in this case, Dissociative Identity Disorder), and a beautiful look at the way the human mind copes with trauma. I was honestly gripped from beginning to end, and found it a very strong, non-judgmental book.

    9. I don't know how Shana Mahaffey did it, but she managed to take what in many hands would be very dark subject matter and turn it into a funny, touching, ultimately joyful story. This is what I set out to do in my own fiction, to write about difficult things without adding more darkness to the world. But the sheer ambition of tackling dissociative identity disorder with humour—it boggles the mind how, but it works. Mahaffey's heroine gets up every morning and faces the world, and all its trials [...]

    10. I like Holly. She has to be one of my most favorite characters of the year. With her practical and often irreverent take on "The Committee" (the people in the apartment inside of her mind), she's trying to make a go of it in New York City, away from the image-conscious mother who always seems to look at her in distaste, and incommunicado with "the Father" whose only contribution is the "emergency" credit card she's had since college. Although her sister Sarah lives across the country with her hu [...]

    11. My Thoughts: What would it be like to have 5 people living inside your head A.K.A. “Multiple Personality Disorder?” How would it feel like to do things you’ve never thought of doing and sometimes not even remember doing them? How would it feel to have your actions controlled by someone else and, in the end, take the blame for it? Holly can’t seem to get it together, not with all the people living in her head. Then, after her birthday, she makes a New Year’s resolution to stop messing a [...]

    12. My Thoughts: Where do I start???? Do I start with the crazy sounding premise of this story??? You watched the video, you saw how touched in the head Holly appeared right??? Multiple personality disorder??? Or just unhinged??? Well, I think Holly is a bit of both, because how long could you stay sane while you have five other individuals who reside inside of your head?? This book is pure geniusere wasn't a time that I doubted that Holly suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder (new term for m [...]

    13. This book was enjoyable, but the way her internal world operates (like her head is lopsided because of where her fat alter sits in her head?!) isn't something that is normal for people with Dissociative Identity Disorder. What this book did get right was the disruption warring alters can have in day to day life, employment, and relationships with others. So, remember it's fiction, and enjoy it as such. Do not expect to learn anything useful or clinical about DID from this book. Then you'll be ab [...]

    14. From my blog[return]Sounds Like Crazy is one the best novels I have read this year and also one of the most difficult to review without giving away the beauty that lies within the covers. In the novel Sounds Like Crazy, author Shana Mahaffey weaves together an intricately beautiful, heartbreaking, and redemptive tale of 30-year-old Holly Miller who has a committee of five living in her head. Holly is struggling to keep her past repressed and maintain a life in New York with the assistance of her [...]

    15. Holly Miller is a woman in her late twenties with multiple personalities or as Holly describes it, voices in her head and she calls them the Committee which consists of five distinctive personalities. As Holly tells her story, we come to know the different personalities that have virtually taken over her life. It is difficult for Holly to lead a normal existence but she does try to be as normal as she can be and gets a job as a voiceover actress for a popular show. Her relationships are strained [...]

    16. There isn't much to say about this book other than to say it's a hard one to get into. I had to remind myself that it's fiction several times as the author tries to take us through the world of multiple personality and dissociative personality, but she does so in a "I'm kind of winging this" sort of way. While I don't believe she means any disrespect, and I do believe she has done a lot of research, the concept of five different people "living" in the narrator's head just fell flat a lot of the [...]

    17. this book was an intriguing look into what is typically looked at as multiple personality disorder; i'd never learned much about it aside from passing (and mostly negative) commentary in the form of judgments and derision from someone calling someone 'psycho.' this author, though, clearly has a great grasp on the psychology of the disorder, and it was evident she also had a history with hollywood, at least in a voiceover capacity. or if she didn't, she really did her research. the story-- despit [...]

    18. I am reading Sounds Like Crazy on the recommendation of Martha Alderson, The Plot Whisperer. I'm having trouble thinking about the plot, though, because the protagonist/narrator is such a fascinating character -- or collection of characters -- that it doesn't really matter to me what happens, as long as she keeps talking. Maybe that will change; I'll let you know. Meanwhile, I've given the book a provisional rating of 4-star, because it makes me grinOkay, I have finally had time to finish Sounds [...]

    19. Holly Miller, the main character of Shana’s novel, has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her personality has five different identities, together known as “The Committee”. And as much as they make Holly’s life miserable, Holly thinks she can’t live without them. Then one of those identities, southern bell, Betty Jane, lands Holly a cartoon voiceover position. Betty Jane wants nothing more than to be the center of attention though the rest of The Committee wants Betty Jane to shut up. Holl [...]

    20. Think Sybil. But think Sybil with a sense of humor and no scary music.One can be assured there are traumas. In fact, one is just tripping along happily in the story, and WHAM! out of no where comes "The Trauma". So much so, that one does that cartoon-like shake of the head complete with double-takes and "hmmmm"s, and has to backtrack a page or so to figure out exactly where the happy, trippy path suddenly went all dark and twisty.This was an absolute steal at $3.99 on the much cautioned sale rac [...]

    21. 3.5 out of 5 ratingThis was such an interesting book. The book was written in such a way that I felt like you could really get inside Holly's head and see what was going on. I felt so bad for her. And yet it was so intriguing to read about how she lived her life through different identities. And the Committee (as the different identities are called) are a hoot! My favorite was Ruffles, an overweight woman who was constantly eating Ruffles potato chips. I felt like she was the protective personal [...]

    22. I fear this book made me do the one thing that will kill any review - I began reading it from the back to the front halfway through it.I think it could have lost thirty pages right in the middle. Well, I dropped them as it was (I really DON'T like doing this) and didn't miss them.That said - oh my. Awesome book, subject matter literally unmined in current CW.With a totally satisfying ending. It pinged my experiences with both the entertainment industry and mental health issues (although I had to [...]

    23. This is a book about a woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder. She allows her different personalities to come out in certain situations, and she happens to let one of them come out while at work in a diner. She is overheard by a casting director who was looking for a voice actor for an upcoming cartoon. He casts her thinking that she actually sounds like the personality that was out, which isn't the case. Anyhow, she has many disagreements with her personalities throughout the book [...]

    24. I have always had in interest in reading stories about people who have mental illness. This fiction book was about a young woman who lives with dissociative identity disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder). Overall, I thought the story was good, somewhere in the middle it seemed to drag on a bit, but once I got past that, it was "fun" to put the pieces together as I discovered the "purpose" and "cause" for each of her personalities. The story could have been elevated had it been based [...]

    25. THIS BOOK WAS PHENOMENAL!!! I absolutely could not put it down. I read it in 5 days. This one is topping my favorites list. Seriously. What an interesting and deeply moving story. This woman's struggle to find some normalcy day to day with her disorder. My heart went out to her as I turned every page and I cried as her traumas and tragedies were finally brought to the surface. Wow. I would highly recommend this book!

    26. Just finished this one. The story was interesting and a funny drama. The first half of the book treats her "condition" as a funny side affect of her past. The second half acknowledges the cause of this problem and actually addresses it. The author does a good job at making her a flawed but likable person. You grow to want her to get better, which keeps the pages turning. I recommend this book for those that like a little psychology mixed into their comedy-drama.

    27. I thought this would be a good change from my usual, Stephen King, Twilight, & House of Night books. It was. About half way through the book I wanted to tell the main character to suck it up, grow up, & stop being so pathetic. But then she finally started talking about her past & why she was the way she was. It was very sad & different than what I expected. I'm recommending this to my sister who has always liked multiple personality stories.

    28. This was an awesome book! It was so interesting. Very neat to read about 5 people in her head who formed a 'committee' and controlled everything that Holly did and said. Makes the rest of us feel normal again! LOL Not only did they tell about the committee, but the book went on to unfold and tell who each character was, where they came from and why. I really, really, enjoyed it! It's a book that will always stay with you and fresh in your mind. Loved it!

    29. I actually picked this book up for $1 at Borders a while back thinking it sounded interesting. Well, it was more than that - it was fantastic! I've never read a story about someone with multiple personality disorder. The way the entire story came together and how each member of "The Committee" played a role was fascinating. The last few pages even made me cry. If you are looking for a great read that isn't too heavy but still makes you think, I highly recommend it!!

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