26 February, 2013

Review: Crazy Little Thing (Called Love)

I’m a reader. I will read pretty much anything that is put in front of me. I like keeping a variety of books on hand to suit the fact that I like to change up what I read every now and then. When I first read little blurbs here and there about Crazy Little Thing by Liz Langley, it sounded extremely interesting. The fact that there are studies behind the science of love and why we love sounded like a good read to me. I picked the book up from EdenFantasys however it has since been discontinued on the site.
The book is a 280 page paperback measuring 8 inches tall by 5 inches wide. It was written by Liz Langley and was published by Cleis Press in 2011. It’s a little bit bigger than the cheaper older paperbacks I have but it’s about the same size as most of the recently published paperbacks in my collection. Inside, the paper is the same quality paper used in my other recently published paperbacks. It’s matte and a bit thicker than printer paper. The ink does not smudge if it gets damp.
The back of the book describes Crazy Little Thing as being “a light-hearted look at the science of why we long for love.” That line hits the nail right on the head. This book is an easy to read look at what our brains do when we’re in love. The author has numerous interviews with those studying the brain, psychologists, and other professional sources. She describes how love effects our brain’s waves and what causes us to release chemicals that effect how our brain operates. She also discusses how hormones and endorphins come into play. Each interview inside the covers of the book really helps understand exactly what the author is getting at and introduces us to years of studies and research on how the brain operates during different emotions.
At the same time, the author keeps the book light and easy to read by adding in real stories of people in love. These aren’t your Disney classic stories where the prince and princess meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. They’re much more complicated than that. For example, in one, a young girl in love is told by her mother to stay away from her boyfriend. She comes up with stories such as pregnancy in order to keep them together. When her lies are no longer believed by her mother or boyfriend, she turns to murdering her mother so that she can be with him. She then realizes what she has done, calls 911, and is put on trial for the murder. At the time of writing the book, she is still in jail and is visited by the author so that she can tell her story.
Each story is added in so that it directly supports the evidence being discussed in the chapter. The author continuously refers to these relationships throughout the book. While some of them are terribly tragic, they really support the science the author is introducing to us and help us to understand what she’s getting at.
I like that the book discusses not only our positive reactions and emotions felt by love, but also the crazy and dangerous things we sometimes go through in the name of love. It really brings to reality the fact that not all relationships are like those on TV; that everywhere there are people hurt or doing crazy things to prove their love.
The way the author discusses the topic is perfect. She positively promotes the research and scientific studies involving the brain in love. She is genuinely interested in the subjects within the covers and conveys that through her writing. The amount of references she took the time to gather when writing shows she really cares about ensuring her information is correct, easy to read, and entertaining.
I have so far read the book once, though I may go through and read it again sometime soon. To me, this is one of those books you can reread constantly and still feel you are learning something. There is a lot of information to learn within the covers and just one reading really isn’t enough to remember everything.
I would definitely consider this book appropriate to read out in public. It does use the phrase “sex” on the cover, but not in a really sexy way. If anyone happens to look at the cover, they’d understand the context of the word if they read the whole cover.
I definitely recommend reading this book. I think it would especially be a good read for anyone going through a rough patch love-wise. Sometimes we just don’t understand why we are acting like fools for someone and this book helps us understand that.  I think it would be a good read for teenagers especially, who are just getting used to the way their bodies are working post-puberty.
I give Crazy Little Thing by Liz Langley 5 out of 5 stars.

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