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Gr 7-10-Sixteen-year-old Sam Hopkins is a PK-preacher's kid-and has always had a goody-goody reputation. Then he starts hanging out with a trio of teen car thieves who show him everything they know. When Sam intervenes as the gang bullies Jennifer, the "weird" girl at school, he gets beaten up and earns Jennifer's adulation. She tells Sam about her visions, complete with demons, the devil, murders, and lots of blood. Sam believes that she's foretelling the future, and sets off to stop the violence. Edgar winner Andrew Klavan's book (Thomas Nelson, 2012) has a Christian slant. It could have used tighter editing; we learn Sam's thoughts and actions in minute, sometimes excruciating detail. Believability is strained as Sam, a driver with limited experience and a learner's permit, steals a Mustang and weaves in and out of traffic at high speeds without a scratch. Nick Podehl does a wonderful job narrating, expressively voicing Sam's emotions and confusion and clearly delineating all the other characters; Jennifer's voice is suitably creepy. A supplemental purchase for those who like their thrillers a little far-fetched and tinged with horror.-Julie Paladino, East Chapel Hill High School, NCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Andrew Klavan is a bestselling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the best-selling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa. Website: Twitter: @andrewklavan Facebook: aklavan


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Klavan has been nominated for the Mystery Writer of America's Edgar award five times and won twice. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Don't Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas, True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Empire of Lies. He is currently writing a series of thrillers for young adults called The Homelanders. The first two novels in the series are The Last Thing I Remember and The Long Way Home. Klavan is a contributing editor to City Journal and his essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other places. His satiric video commentaries can be seen on

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Renn S on May 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sam Hopkins is a pretty good kid. A preacher's kid, aka a PK. However, he has found himself mixed up with the wrong crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and delinquents, Sam knows it is only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.

But one day, Sam sees these thugs harassing a troubled schoolmate named Jennifer. Finding the courage to face the bullies down, Sam loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Jennifer is not just weird. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons, the devil, and death. And here's the Really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies -prophecies of something terrible that is going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.

With no one to believe him, with no one to help him other than one crazy girl, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan was an extremely quick yet enjoyable read. The book is clearly directed toward young teens, and it only took me a couple of hours to read. Despite that, I enjoyed the book a lot. The plot moved rather quickly, and I was actually surprised when I reached the end of the book. I felt like the book was weighted too heavily in background information and once it reached its climax it ended too quickly. Overall though the plot was interesting and kept me glued to the novel. The tone and language of the book were very well done and fit the age and character of the narrator, Sam Hopkins. The supposed supernatural element of the novel was fascinating and added to the spooky tone of some portions of the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Libbi on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jennifer is trapped. Her days are filled with people making fun of her, and her nights with tormenting voices taunting her. It seems that she is the only one who hears them.
Sam Hopkins is an average Pastor's kid, but he has fallen in with the wrong crowd, and now he is about to pay for it.
In an interesting twist of fate, Sam befriends Jennifer, and oddly, starts to believe her. He thinks that she may be the only one who knows what is going to happen to their small town. It might just be a horrible deed worse than anything they have yet seen.
I loved:
* Sam's wit. I laughed out loud when he responded to the bullies. It was hysterical.
* The first person writing style. It suited this book perfectly, and made reading it really enjoyable.
* The character description. Although not done in the typical way, you could see how the characters looked, as well as their tone of voice. Although it may seem odd, I loved how Andrew described the characters.
* The mystery. It is not often that you can find a book that is hilarious, easy-to-read, and suspenseful.
* The twist at the end. I won't let out any secrets, but it is pretty awesome.
I didn't love:
* A little bit of theology. Barely any, but you know how it goes; "Eat the meat, spit out the bones."
* It was a tad gruesome. I would not recommend it to anyone who is under 15. It wasn't necessarily bloody and gory, but there is still a lot of death.
Overall, I think it was a very intriguing book. Very different from anything I have read before. This book is, although 324 pages, a very quick read. I sat down and just kept reading. I would definitely buy this book as a gift for anyone who likes a good, funny read.
This book was given to me for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for this review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sam Hopkins is not a popular kid and being the son of a preacher does not help him out any. He spends his afternoons trying to get home without being beat up by a group of juvenile delinquents - Jeff Winger, Ed Polanski, and Harry Mac. Then one afternoon Sam had had enough and fought back. To his surprise, they liked the violent side of him and welcomed Sam into their group, where they taught him how to hotwire a car, steal, and other non-church like things. Sam knew what he was doing was wrong, but he now had friends.

There is an eccentric young girl named Jennifer, who is shy, talks to herself at times, and sometimes mentions about the bugs in her mind. Being outsider she is targeted by Jeff, Ed, and Harry Mac, which results in Sam defending the girl and dishonoring his friends at the same time. After recovering from a violent assault from them, Sam is visited Jennifer. She tells him of the devilish demons that she hears in her mind that they are going to bring death.

Crazy Dangerous is an intriguing young adult novel that use themes of bulling and peer pressure with a little supernatural thrown in. Going to school is getting harder and harder for kids with all the bulling that goes on and Andrew Klavan brilliantly touches on the subject while giving us readers a mystery to unravel. I instantly felt for the character of Sam as he faced his bullies. An interesting twist is the character Jennifer, who is an odd young girl. You start to wonder if she is crazy, or if she really is hearing demons and receiving prophecies. Crazy Dangerous is a fast-paced thrill ride that you will not want to put down.
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