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Crash into Me Hardcover – July 7, 2009
An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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"Crash Into Me puts readers in the driver's seat with four teens teetering on the edge of suicide. But will their cross country odyssey push them all the way over? Only the final page turn will tell, in Albert Borris's finely-crafted tale of friendship forged from a desperate need of connection. An exceptional first novel." -- Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Crank
"Borris nimbly juggles sharp, at times even jagged humor with genuine poignancy to construct a road trip that rises above the formula. Characters are particularly well limned . . . The book doesn't overdo the stealthy message of hope; sentiment is balanced out with the macabrely humorous lists the group concocts ('Top Ten Celebrity Death Sites') and refreshingly credible transcripts of their online chats."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 2010
Top Customer Reviews
Crash into Me is an arresting and surprising read that takes readers into the lives of these four teens, and reveals their complex emotions and those events in their lives that have led them to the end of their ropes. Though the premise is quite serious and thought provoking, Borris infuses the novel with surprising bits of humor, making Crash into Me an enjoyable and realistic read with a sardonic edge. Inclusion of alcohol and drugs is to be expected, but is done tastefully, revealing the thought that went into each character. The novel is told through Owen's eyes, and his character is developed through a series of online chats, top ten lists, recollections of the past, and his time quietly observing the present. The alternating modes of character disclosure build suspense throughout the book, causing readers to seriously ponder the outcome of the road trip--but Borris keeps you guessing until the very end. This is a novel of desperation and loneliness, and of the strong compulsion that humankind has to attempt to make connections. Unexpected, heartbreaking, and raw, Crash into Me takes readers on a car trip they'll never forget.
Cover Comments: I think that the cover really conveys the tension and the emotion of the novel, and the darker colors and hues used jive with the darker subject and all of the secrets this book contains. I also like the snake tattoo--it has significance in the book! Overall, this is a very good cover.
I myself have been in the hospital twice for depression, yet I just couldn't connect with the story. The road trip idea was really cool, but I feel like it fell flat for me. There was a lot of action, but for what? That's how I felt after I finished the book.
To be honest, I hated most of the characters in this book. I really didn't like Audrey. She was so mean and just plain annoying, like one of those people who will do whatever they can to be the center of attention. I found it horrible when she intercepted Jin-Ae's call. Who the hell does that? And we're supposed to like her?
Overall, I was disappointed with this book. I feel like it could have been so much better.
While it has an interesting premise ( four teens on a suicide pack road trip) it failed to bring three dimensional characters and a solid plot to the table. Sometimes, I felt like the the plot just wondered around aimlessly leaving me to loose hope at the thought of this becoming good. Also, while you got to the know the characters a bit, you really didn't understand their thoughts and feelings, because Albert tended to just tell a one sided plot, one that stopped at the surface.
The one thing I did enjoy about this novel, was the writing methods Albert incorporated into the plot. For example, there was IM messages and lists which almost always got my attention. Though, the narrative part was kind of bland and flat mostly because of the lackluster plot and characters.
Overall, Crash Into Me really isn't a book I would recommend. Since while this novel seems interesting on the surface, when you start to read it, it just falls to the side and unravels. Plus, the ending kind of felt like it called for a better conclusion to this novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful, wonderful book. I won't get into details so as to avoid spoiling the book for anyone, but it's absolutely wonderful and worth reading. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by H
This book has it all. I've read it twice and wouldn't mind reading it again. You can relate to any character in the book and the story was really interesting and just sublime. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Brandon Poxleitner
I enjoyed this. I would recommend this for the 13-18 age range. I related easily to the characters and enjoyed the twist ending.Published on January 18, 2013 by Amy Swanberg
This book is unlike anything I've read before. It's raw, real, and disturbing, in a good way. It completely took me by surprise - it's nothing like the Perfect Chemistry-look-alike... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Interesting characters, great storyline, clever writing style. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. I finished the book in one night.Published on February 19, 2012 by P Letts
CRASH INTO ME is a fantastic book. It deals with four teens on a road trip to visit the graves of famous people who have killed themselves. Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Doug Solter
This novel is very well written and engaging as you follow a teen on his suicide pact journey. Twists and turns throughout. Couldn't put it down.Published on January 5, 2012 by N. Fine
I've wanted to read this novel for a long time, but I never picked up a copy, and I'm not sure why. The other day I went to Borders for their closing sale and completely lucked... Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by A Book Vacation
For a few days I have been trying to compose my thoughts on Crash Into Me. My first feeling when finishing this book was to be appalled, but I did not want that to be my only... Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by S Day