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Crash into Me [Abridged] [Paperback]

Albert Borris
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July 6, 2010
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.

"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

“Take a bathroom break and be sure you have a few free hours because from the moment you open this book you're going to be on the ultimate heartbreaking, poignant road trip to a place you never thought you'd go.” --Todd Strasser, bestselling author of Give a Boy a Gun

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Grade 9 Up—Introverted Owen, brash confabulator Audrey, struggling lesbian Jin-Ae, and alcoholic Frank don't seem to have much in common, but they bond online over a shared interest: to commit suicide. Some of them have already made repeated attempts, and now they make a pact. They take a cross-country road trip from New Jersey, visiting the graves of famous people who have killed themselves, that will culminate at Death Valley. There, they will take their own lives—no backing down, no changes of heart. But as they crisscross the states, these isolated, unhappy teens begin to connect over more than just their desire to die; as they share their darkest secrets and most cherished wishes, real friendship and even romantic love develop. As the end of their trip grows closer, the time comes to decide: Is life worth living in spite of the pain, or do they keep their deadly promise? Borris's understanding of the emotional lives of teenagers shines through in his nuanced, well-developed portrayals of the protagonists, particularly Owen, the narrator, who emerges as a wry and wise observer of his companions. The action never feels pat or predetermined, and the author's depiction of the complexities of depression and suicide is compassionate, nonjudgmental, and ultimately hopeful. This first novel is a gripping addition to YA collections.—Meredith Robbins, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, New York City
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"The ultimate heartbreaking, poignant road trip to a place you never thought you'd go." --Todd Strasser, bestselling author of Give a Boy a Gun

"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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416998276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416998273
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Startling and absorbing July 5, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Owen can't remember a time in his life when he was truly happy. Ever since his brother's death when we was seven, his life has been dull, lonely, and slow, punctuated by numerous suicide attempts. After his latest attempt, he makes three new friends--Frank, Jin-Ae, and Audrey. The four of them make a suicide pact--they will take a cross country road trip from New Jersey to Death Valley, visiting the graves of famous people who committed suicide, and at the end of the line, they'll all end their lives together.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I was Excepting February 6, 2010
By Lauren
Format:Hardcover
Going into Crash Into Me, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. Since, on one side, different teen authors have been raving non stop about this book, while bloggers have had a less cheerful response. Sadly, I'm on the bloggers side about this, Crash Into Me wasn't that good.

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.

Grade: D
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book July 9, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read this book because I wanted to see if I should add it to my high school library. I've been suicidal most of my life, so I wanted to see if it the author got it right, and he did. The writing is beautiful (and unlike Hunger Games, it has only *one* typo, so it's even copy-edited well). I frequently skip to the end of a book to find out what happens, but I didn't feel compelled to do that here. Read it, review it--I'm sure many of you are more eloquent than I am. I'm grateful to have a young adult novel that I can recommend to students who either don't understand why someone would be suicidal or are suicidal themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in emotion March 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
I was looking forward to reading this book when I got it from the library. When I started it, though, I found myself struggling with connecting with any of the characters. I'll admit that some of them had their moments, but I found myself not caring about any of them. I think this was due to the writing. There wasn't a lot of emotion in any of the scenes or dialogue. It's like Borris held back with any emotion, like he didn't want to show any 'sentimentality'. With a topic concerning suicide, though, I expected emotion, you know?

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars High Hopes Turned To Disappointment April 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
From the very moment I saw the book I was excited. I was sure that Crash Into Me was going to be an incredible story. I gravitate towards books that hold raw emotional power, like books by Ellen Hopkins, and my hopes for this book were very high. Unfortunately, almost as soon as I started reading it, I knew that it was not what I had been expecting. The development of the characters is weak and they can all be highly irritating. Believability was lost for me, and the depth I was sure I was going to find was simply nonexistant. Overall, Crash Into Me is merely a mediocre book. Not a complete waste of time--but only if you're easily pleased. Otherwise, I'd say not to bother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Ralph T Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
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 more
Published on April 6, 2013 by Brandon Poxleitner
4.0 out of 5 stars fair
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and distubring but still hopeful
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 more
Published on May 28, 2012 by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
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 more
Published on February 3, 2012 by Doug Solter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novel
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
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 more
Published on August 30, 2011 by A Book Vacation
2.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Chick Loves Lit
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 more
Published on July 22, 2011 by S Day
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I loved this book because of the hope it brings. Four friends gather together for one last trip before they kill themselves. Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by Savannah (Books With Bite)
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