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Crazy Dangerous Hardcover – April 30, 2012
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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: www.andrewklavan.com Twitter: @andrewklavan Facebook: aklavan
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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.Read more ›
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.
* 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.
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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"Crazy Dangerous" is the best story I've read in years, and a wonderful coming-of-age tale. It only took me two days to read. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wanderer
Loved the book, especially appreciate Klavan took on the perspective of a preacher's kid. His young adult/teen novels have been a home run.Published 3 months ago by Christopher Horton
My 15 year old son has to read for school. Hates reading. He read this in less than a week and enjoyed it. I have rarely heard him compliment a book and he said it was good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by H.L.S.
This is a very good book and is as clear as a crystal! I love how you can turn the pages with just a swipe. Good quality as well.Published 11 months ago by Casey
Good storyline. I loved the writing style,everything fell in to place as I continue to read. Kept me captivated till the end.Published 12 months ago by meth
Andrew Klavan is a wonderful story teller. I have read 7 of his books for teens/young adults and find them spell-binding and not sure of what will happen until the end. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gary A Hurtienne
This was a great read. The young man, preacher's son, is believable and realistic. It was quite exciting, and I had trouble getting to bed last night as I was getting toward the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timothy J. Pruett