Crazy as Chocolate Izzy s eccentric complicated mother committed suicide on her forty first birthday Now on the night before Izzy herself is to turn forty one she struggles with the realization that she will be older

  • Title: Crazy as Chocolate
  • Author: Elisabeth Hyde
  • ISBN: 9781596922006
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Izzy s eccentric, complicated mother committed suicide on her forty first birthday Now, on the night before Izzy herself is to turn forty one, she struggles with the realization that she will be older than her mother ever was And to make matters worse, her widowed father, unstable sister, Ellie, and precocious niece have decided to accompany her to Colorado for what promIzzy s eccentric, complicated mother committed suicide on her forty first birthday Now, on the night before Izzy herself is to turn forty one, she struggles with the realization that she will be older than her mother ever was And to make matters worse, her widowed father, unstable sister, Ellie, and precocious niece have decided to accompany her to Colorado for what promises to be an emotionally charged weekend As Izzy is flooded with memories from her past and wonders about her future, she must face a choice that could break her family apart.

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    1. It took me a while to get into this novel which rather surprised me as the blurb sounded interesting. Izzy is approaching her 41st birthday, which is the same age her mother was when she suicided. As I got further into the story which flits backwards at times, I started to become more interested. Izzy and her older sister Ellie for the early years of their life had a mother they adored but never understood. As they grew older that changed. This is a story that explores family relationships and l [...]

    2. I am wondering how a book like this could be written with out first hand knowledge. I am wondering if Elisabeth Hyde put this under a "fiction" heading because she didn't want it under a "biography" heading.At first i didn't like the bouncing back and forth between the present and the past,because the past fluctuated between the distant past and the recent past. But I got over it. I was so into this book that I didn't hear people talking to me until they tapped me on the shoulder to get my atten [...]

    3. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Mental health and suicide need to be written about and in its attempt not to blame the people with the illness I felt the book was on the right track. In some places it also portrayed the way women relate and reach out and need and give emotional support but it did it into a way that played into binary gender, was overly mollycoddling of men's discomfort of this and blamed women for being too "irrational".I tried to overlook the firmly heterosexual wor [...]

    4. I was loving this book – and then lost it before i finished it. It’s like chick lit with a brain. Or maybe if it was less intelligent it would be chick lit. Yes, that’s probably fairer. Woman literature about real woman. Not a lot of candy floss and pink glitter – just a very readable, very real story.The story is about a woman, Izzy, reaching her 42nd birthday. The relevance of this to her and her family is that is the birthday upon which her crazy mother had committed suicide.The narra [...]

    5. With my mind unable to focus on anything much, I have resorted to a hand me down collection of chick lit that I've picked up over the years and this book was in that pile based on its cover and title. The cover has a photograph of two feet dangling out over a pond. This image has abosolutely no relevance to the story. And the tile of the book has even less relevance to the story. And this most certainly shouldn't have been in the easy to read pile.A story about two sisters and their father deali [...]

    6. This was my reading group book for March.Not the type of book I would have bought or picked out at the library, but I suppose that's the idea of a reading group, to introduce us to books we would have otherwise passed on. It's a story of a troubled childhood and living with a mother who is mentally unstable.I find it hard to give an outline of the story without giving it all away, to me about half way through it stopped reading like a story and started to read like an autobiography. It certainly [...]

    7. This is largely a tale of the relationship between a mother and her two daughters. As Izzy approaches her 41st birthday (an age her mother did not get beyond), she again begins to question whether she was to blame for her mother's early death. Her and Ellie's childhood was punctuated with their mother's manic episodes and Ellie (two years older than Izzy) appears to exhibit similar tendencies at times. As her father and elder sister travel to join her to celebrate her birthday, Izzy begins to re [...]

    8. This is the second book I've read concerning sisters dealing with sisters coming to terms with childhood traumas involving their mothers. In this one Izzy is approaching her forty-first birthday. Usually forty-one isn't a big trauma, but Izzy's mother committed suicide on her forty-first birthday so it brings a lot of the past back for her. And much to Izzy's dismay her father and sister are coming to spend the birthday with her. Izzy's sister, Ellie, doesn't seem too emotionally stable either.

    9. I cannot bear to finish this book. It is just TOO BORING. It doesn't have any interesting characters. The protagonist seems pressed out of a cookie-cutter. The only thing to distinguish her in any way is the fact that she can't have children which is a pretty boring distinguishing feature.It has an almost hilariously one-dimensional impression of mental illness. It doesn't actually seem to have any plot at all. I got to 4/5 of the way through and apparently this is where the plot starts, 4/5 of [...]

    10. As I read this book and looked into the past of the main character, Izzy, I felt really sorry for her having to deal with a crazy mom. It just made me sad to see how she was confused by her mother's actions and haunted by her suicide as she got older. Her older sister, Ellie, I wanted to slap (in her older years, not while she was being raised by a crazy mother). It was just all-around sad what happened to these girls growing up, and reading how it affected them later on. A quick read, one that [...]

    11. This one was given to me to read without comment. Ellie and Isabel adored their mother who was quite batty but colourful and unpredictable. But their mother commits suicide at the age of forty one. The girls both marry and live very different lives but for both the legacy of the past casts along shadow. A tale of maternal love and psychiatric illness; family bonds that triumph inspite of as much as because of what mothers do.

    12. A complex novel about suicide and its effect on those left behind as well as mental health. Izzy and Ellie together with their Father spend the weekend together during Izzy's 41st birthday. A momentous memory of the day their Mother committed suicide. There are flashbacks which takes us into the complex relationship as well as give us an insight into their Mother's instability. I would have liked more character depth including the Mother/Father relationship and I thought the ending a bit too qui [...]

    13. This is the story of a mother with mental health problems who eventually dies at age 41. What is it like to love with that kind of legacy? We see Izzy and Ellie growing up with their mother who is obviously different to the mothers, we see them go through her death. Fast forward to Izzy turning 41 herself, and we revisit the family to see how they are faring. Well written, but rather depressing.

    14. I was lucky to spot a '3 for 99p' book box outside AgeUK in Stokesley last week. I picked up two Anne Tyler paperbacks and this novel, Crazy As Chocolate by Elisabeth Hyde. Her previous bestseller, The Abortionist's Daughter, is one I'm sure I have read and enjoyed, but can't remember anything about it. Oops! Better check if I reviewed it on !In Crazy As Chocolate we meet Izzy who is about to celebrate her 41st birthday. She's only a year older than I am so I could identify with her. What we do [...]

    15. In 'Crazy as Chocolate', Elizabeth Hyde gives us an interesting glimpse into the impact of bipolar disorder on family life across generations. The book is written in the first person from the perspective of Izzy. As it unfolds, the story encompasses the lives of Izzy and her sister Ellie and their parents in particular, and touches on the lives of the sisters' spouses, children and grandparents.The story hinges on the their mother's suicide on her 41st birthday and the effects of this tragedy on [...]

    16. 1st read by this author which I really enjoyed and will look for others by her. While this one bounces around quite a bit, between Izzy and Elly's childhood and adult lives and their struggles to finally come to grips with the world they all grew up with in dealing and coming to understand their mom's struggles with her mental illness. Izzy will soon be 41d realizes with sadness that she will now be older than her mother ever was. She and her husband are struggling with their own sadness of not [...]

    17. This was my second book by Elisabeth Hyde, and while it cemented the fact that I definitely enjoy her as an author, it wasn't even close to as incredible as the first. Which I suppose I should have known, seeing as how that book was immediately added to my all time favorites shelf.For such a sad story with such heart breaking details, I found I couldn't really connect with any of the characters. None of them struck a chord of sympathy with me at all. Honestly, I found the whole lot of them mostl [...]

    18. I really liked this book despite the fact that in essence is mostly about mental illness. It's a story told by the viewpoint of one of the daughters Isabel (Izzy) who is about to turn 41 (the age her mother turned the day she committed suicide). It shows how the 2 daughters grew up with a unstable mother (both her lighted hearted fun loving side and her dark side) and how they cope with her suicide and how it shapes their futures. Most people would think that this would be a totally dark (and de [...]

    19. I was given this book by someone I met on holiday, she had just finished reading it. I must admit, it was a harder read than I was expecting, and not really ideal sun-lounger material ;-) Mental illness is a sensitive subject to me and so I found the story quite hard to read, in fact I almost gave up a few times. However, I was determined to finish it the day I started it (it isn't a long book) and I managed it. It got better as it went on but I can't say I liked it, I appreciated it put some th [...]

    20. I nice heart warming book despite the subject matter of a mother with depression. A touching book mostly because it is about the children who have survived their mother killing herself and is about life moving on. The writting style is very easy to read and deffiantly has it's moments of humour whihc I liked. The only problem being that I've read this story before. In Alice Sebolds Almost moon. In Susan Lewis' autobiography in The latest Tory Hayden and in Saving Francecha by marlena marchetta. [...]

    21. This book reminded me a lot of a (far poorer) Margaret Atwood or Sylvia Plath. I guess when the topic is a mental illness in a woman that ends in suicide the Plath comparison isn't too far away, but still. Hyde does a good job with drawing the characters, their emotions, their thought processes and their complexities with few words, which is admirable. Unfortunately it did just feel all the way through as though I were reading something half-finished, nearly there, that was maybe something else. [...]

    22. Isabella's mother committed suicide on her 41st birthday, and now Isabella is about to have her 41st birthday. Her father, sister and niece come for the weekend, and memories and family tensions ensue. Surprisingly for the genre, perhaps, Isabella's husband and father are the two characters that seem to have it together.The book was given to me by a nice woman in a writing class, and I felt obligated to read it. It isn't what I would have chosen, but but the book wasn't a bad way to pass a few h [...]

    23. This book was absolutely beautiful. I was given this book months ago by aunty, and yesterday I was looking through my to-be-read pile and found Crazy as Chocolate on the bottom of the pile. I picked it up, read the blurb and started reading it yesterday (despite the fact I should've been doing my homework). I'm so glad I found this book in the pile and read it, it was so hard to put down and when it ended I couldn't believe I had already finished it.

    24. Isabel is approaching her 41st birthday; the age at which her mother who suffered from manic mental illness took her life. She reflects on the highs and lows of her childhood which were extreem and unusual. Her father and sister (also manic) come to celebrate over her birthday weekend and attempt to move past the craziness to little avail. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride that take you along and leaves you exhausted.

    25. A lot of reminiscing of childhood events surrounding a mother of two sisters who died when they were in their early teens. I felt that there was perhaps too much looking back making the story of the present a bit too weak. However, it did achieve the result of thinking about how your adult life and your relationship with your own children is shaped by your parents and your relationship with them when a child yourself. Overall I enjoyed the book.

    26. I got into this book pretty quick, mostly due to the subject matters; family and mental illness, both of which are hugely important to me and are issues I have had my own issues with. I won't say much regarding the plot but I will say that this book made me think about the petty arguements I've been a part of, things I've said that I didn't mean, and made me think about consequences - even if you think you don't hurt or affect someone by what you say or do - chances are, you do.

    27. Extremely sad subject matter, however, extremely well-written! I could hardly put it down. Hyde is such an amazing author her writing style is one of my favorites. She explores mental illness of a woman through the eyes of her young daughter, which was a unique approach, even though heart wrenching at times. She interwove that story with current events in the grown daughter's life. I highly recommend this book.

    28. Isabel and her sister Ellie love their mother and have fun with her but they know she is mentally unbalanced. Then on her 41st birthday she commits suicide and their world is torn apart. Time goes by and, as Izzy's own 41st birthday arrives, she and her husband are joined for the weekend by her father, unstable sister, and Ellie's young daughter. I was drawn to this book because I also lost my mother to suicide. I'm in the process of reading all of Elisabeth Hyde's bookse is excellent!

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