Young Adult Debut Promotions: The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

Young Adult Debut Promotions (YADP) is a post I do to help out debut authors, and to get them noticed.  My posts will definitely include a feature of the book, a feature of the author, and a giveaway, with an interview, guest post, or excerpt optional.  If you would like more information about YADP click here and scroll down until you come to the section talking about it.

Today I am featuring...

Mindy Raf
And she will be doing an interview and giveaway!

The Symptoms of My Insanity
by Mindy Raf
Pages: 384
Release Date: April 18, 2013
by Dial (an imprint of Penguin)

A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine. When you’re a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what’s really wrong. But Izzy’s sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help her through the insanity.

*A copy was provided by Penguin for review purposes*

A lough-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine.

Yep, that about describes this book.  End of review.

Just kiddinggggggg. ;P

This was such a fun, entertaining read!  The writing was really good, the idea was awesome, and the story line was interesting and engaging.  It was a very heartwarming story, but also had streaks of sad events and heartbreak.  I really loved the ending as well, and how it was a happy, satisfying one.

I have to say, I really enjoyed watching Izzy grow and develop over the course of this story.  She was such a lovable, believable, realistic character, and so in-tune with teenagers these days, that I think she is really inspirational and interesting.

I’m really sorry for the short review it’s just that I just finished reading the Hunger Games Trilogy and I’m still recovering and can’t quiet put into words what I’m thinking right now haha.

But, all in all, this was a very enjoyable, fun debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what Raf has in store for us in her next book!

4 pink flowers


I panic and perform spontaneous karate on their genitals.

“Izzy Skymen,” she says, her eyes still on my canvas, tilting her head to the side, “you’ve got some huge girl-balls!”

Author Interview:

1. Why did you decide to become a writer?
I think writing chose me. I grew up performing comedy and musical theater, but I was always writing my own sketches, stories, songs.

2. Who were your biggest influences?
Oh so many. I loved, and still love: Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Gilda Radnor, Amy Poehler, Nora Ephron, Judy Blume, Steve Martin, Carol Brunette.

3. Where do you like to write?
Super loud coffee shops, diners, &bars for drafting. Super quiet libraries, office buildings late at night, my apt for revising.

4. Do you have a special routine you like to do before you write?
Drink coffee, disable wifi, listen to some music to get me in the right mood.

5. When and how did you get the idea for The Symptoms of My Insanity?
I’m not an outliner. I free write mostly to start. The first scene I wrote for Izzy (long before the idea of a book) was about a girl talking to a boy in a cafeteria about his cookie being raw and how he might get salmonella. I think that scene definitely jumpstarted Izzy and her world.

6. Is there another book in the works? If so, what can we expect?
Yes, I’m working on a couple different things right now. Hope to be able to share details on them soon.


1. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

2. Cats or dogs?

3. Hardcover, paperback or ebook?


1. Movie?
Too many, too many. Um, I’m in a romantic comedy mood right now so: When Harry Met Sally.

2. Ice cream flavor?

3. Animal?

4. Actor and actress?
Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in “The Jerk.” Together, just the best!

6. Fictional character?

Miss Viola Swamp/Miss Nelson


~There will be 1 winner
~Giveaway ends on June 16, 2013 @ 12:00 A.M.
~This giveaway is US/CAN

A finished copy to one lucky winner!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Get to know Mindy Raf:


Mindy Raf is a writer, comedy performer, and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and grew up in a Detroit suburb right around here (visualize someone pointing to the inner part of their thumb). She has written for VH1 and The Symptoms of My Insanity is her first novel. 




  1. Great interview! I especially agree with dark chocolate and hardcovers :)

    I can't wait to read Mindy's book!

  2. Loved the interview! I have been wanting to read this book! :-) Thanks 4 the giveaway!

    Rafflecopter name is: Vannah Batista

  3. Great post, I'm excited to read the book.

  4. I'm a serious admirer of humor in YA novels lately. These are the types of books I like to recommend the most because laugh out loud scenes are the best medicine for book lovers. :)

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm really excited to read your debut, Mindy!

  6. Great interview!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  7. Love the interview...although my answers would be the opposite on most of them. Cats? Really? The book looks very good, though.

  8. Wow! I really can't wait to read this! Adding it to my TBR list!! I always wonder if the author has any life experience that they put into their books? Thanks for sharing with us and Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  9. Another cat lover! I'm digging it =^.^= I can't wait to read this novel now-the conversation about salmonella totally cracks me up!

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  10. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway! This looks like a really interesting/hilarious book :D

  11. mmm dark chocolate is the best! great interview! the book sounds good!
    thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. This sounds like a great book! I'd love to read it. :D I love the quotes you chose LOL. Thank you!

  13. Funny that eating a raw cookie my cosin got salmonela. Strange way to get ill.

  14. Goodreads overview instantly got me hooked. I would very much be delighted to be able to read Mindy Raf's work. More power to your career, Mindy. :) x

  15. A cat, dark chocolate, and hardcover lover?! We must be friends! Hardcovers are da bomb =D. I'm interested in this book. It sounds like it has the potential for me to love it! Hope I win!

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog

  16. Great interview! I'm a cat person myself, and I've always preferred hardcovers for my shelves. :)


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