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Crazy Love
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At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job at Seventeen magazine, a downtown New York City apartment. Plus a handsome, funny, street-smart boyfriend who adored her. But behind her fa?ade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.

At first Leslie and Conor seemed as perfect together as their fairy-tale wedding. Then came the fights she tried to ignore: he pushed her down the stairs of the house they bought together, poured coffee grinds over her hair as she dressed for a critical job interview, choked her during an argument, and threatened her with a gun. Several times, he came close to making good on his threat to kill her. With each attack, Leslie lost another piece of herself.

Gripping and utterly compelling, Crazy Love takes you inside the violent, devastating world of abusive love. Conor said he’d been abused since he was a young boy, and love and rage danced intimately together in his psyche. Why didn’t Leslie leave? She stayed because she loved him. Find out for yourself if she had fallen truly in love – or into a psychological trap. Crazy Love will draw you in -- and never let go.

Customer Reviews:

  • Amazing
    I read this book in 1 day! I could not put it down, it was truly courageous and amazing... if you have ever lived thru what she went thru with Connor then you can relate. It is a must read, easy but very informative....more info
  • A must read
    Crazy Love expresses much with few words (well written with no fluff...good flow). Her story is honest and will make you feel something in a profound way, whether you've been abused or not. Harvard grad or high school grad, it doesn't matter. Abuse is abuse and Crazy Love will move you....more info
  • Crazy Love
    The book I ordered came in a timely manner and was exactly as they said it was. I am very pleased with the book and the whole experience I had in purchasing it. I cannot review the book as it was purchased as a gift. I have not read it. Thanks. ...more info
  • Great book!
    I really liked this book! It's been a long time since I read something I couldn't put down. Bravo!...more info
  • A key point
    I heard the author of this book being interviewed on NPR today, and I just had to respond to one thing, because I'm a guy (unfortunately the NPR comments are closed): The moment this abusive guy said [paraphrasing] "If you don't want to be my property, then get out", THAT was the signal to leave. Guys are pretty direct a lot of the time. When he said that, he was telling the literal truth of how it would be. His property or leave. The moment you hear anything like that, grab your stuff, walk out the door, and don't look back. Don't make the mistake of thinking he doesn't mean it. I know men and women have different communication styles, but this is one instance where women need to know how to understand what he's saying. I am not in any way implying that any of this situation was her fault. I'm just pointing out, because I want this to become common knowledge among women, because I have a sister, that a statement like that is a clear danger signal....more info
  • extremely deep
    Twenty-two years old recent Harvard grad, Leslie obtains a job at the magazine Seventeen. On the Manhattan train she meets a nice Wall Street investment banker thirtyish Conor. They begin dating and become engaged. Together just under a year, five days before their wedding, Conor smacks Leslie for cursing at her computer. She goes ahead and marries him, but he continues to hit her. She stayed with him for two years before deciding love was not enough because he will never overcome his violent Boston childhood. The final straw was a horrific beating in which he left her unconscious.

    Mindful of a profound scene from the Charlie Sheen movie Good Advice in which the advice columnist answers a woman who asks what to do as her spouse is physically abusive but her family insists she has to save her marriage while the columnists insists she should save her life. This is an intense from the heart memoir that looks at the psychology of why "battered woman" even highly educated females remain in potentially deadly relationships when intellectually they know they must leave. Well written and extremely deep, some of the true life scenes described are so stunning, a reader will want to deny they happened as Leslie Morgan Steiner provides a powerful look into abuse and why a person stays in a dangerous harmful (physically and mentally) relationship.

    Harriet Klausner
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  • Crazy Love
    The book is slow and kind of boring. The story is drawn out and not specific enough or exciting enough to keep your attention. The story does not hold your interest. You keep reading thinking there will be an exciting part and it isn't there. I've seen better stories on Lifetime. I would wait until it comes out in paperback or the library....more info
  • An effort to free herself? Please...
    "An effort to free herself"? Puh-leeze. *He* was the one who walked out, not she.

    Ms. Steiner, you were not a victim. You were a collaborator....more info
  • Crazy Codependency would be a more accurate title
    Only for the prurient who enjoy reading the intimate details of someone who was complicit in her own abuse and now seeks to profit from the experience. Ugh....more info
  • Good read
    I went into this book not knowing really what to expect. Would I feel sorry for her? Would I get angry with her for not leaving sooner? I did both but I rooted for her all the way. It's hard to understand why any woman would stay in an abusive situation, not ever having been in one myself. This was an insightful read for me into a subject I really don't know much about. I recommend it....more info
  • Expected More
    As a survivor of domestic violence, I have written on the subject as well. Therefore, I have to say I was unimpressed with "Crazy Love". I do not feel it is an uplifting book, instead I think the author sets a haughty example which can be rather irritating. I challenge her viewpoints on domestic violence and can't say I agree with much of her message. I have found in my soul-searching what is thought of as love, is actually fear disguised. There is no doubt a wealthy woman can find herself in an abusive relationship, but I do not care for the snobbish theme of the book. I had high hopes for the book but sadly it did not measure up, although it is well-written. I do applaud the effort to bring domestic violence back to the spotlight though.
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  • The author was right to tell this story now
    Interviews say that the author struggled with whether to tell this story, and if so, whether to use her name. I'm blessed and relieved that she did both. For reasons I won't go into on an Amazon review, this book was almost my life... it wasn't, but only because authors like Leslie Morgan Steiner had the voice to speak up and help me see the signs that I didn't want to acknowledge....more info
  • A bad role model for young women
    I disagree with the notion that the author is courageous. The first sentence in the synopsis says she found a man "handsome and charming". How does choosing someone based on these superficial traits make her courageous? She got what she asked for. Abusers are always superficially charming. She is selfish and shallow, had to have a bad boy, and then cant take any responsibility when it all goes bad. I'm sure she ignored and rejected dozens if not hundreds of good guys on her way to her great husband. And I'm sure on some level she loved the chaos of the situation. This book is typical female rationalization. A bad role model for young women. ...more info
  • Catchy title but book is nothing special
    This reads like a women's magazine article or maybe a blog. Not much new to say except that the author is more upscale than the usual abuse victim. It is the story of a young woman who "marries down" to a man beneath her social class with psychological problems and immediately regrets it. She is obviously reluctant to divorce because of the social awkwardness and I-told-you-so's (although she, not very convincingly, tries to make her reasons sound more romantic and complicated). She procrastinates. Things get worse. She eventually leaves and lives happily ever after.

    By the end, I almost felt sorry for the abusive husband after the author constantly reminded/implied to the reader how wasp, blonde, privileged, Harvard-educated, and well-intentioned she was, compared to her spouse, portrayed as an ethnically challenged man with anger management issues from a troubled family....more info
  • Avid reader from Ohio
    Absolutely love this book! Couldn't hardly put it down for two days straight. The author's style is very engaging and easy to read. Best book I've read in a long time, and I'm pretty picky!...more info