Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Release Date: July 21, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA 

The Story: 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.

My Review: The title alone of Crash Into Me lets you know that what you are about to embark on with this story is going to be dark. It's fitting because no matter what happens inside the story, it's about four suicidal teens who decide to take their own lives as a group. The premise is disturbing but the characters are earnest and I found myself really connecting with each of them on different levels. 

Everyone always says that being a teenager is supposed to be one of the best times of your life but that's just not true for plenty of teens. For some, death seems easier - a way to stop the pain and disappointment, a way to take charge. For Owen, Frank, Audrey and Jin-Ae, death is all they can think about. They've decided they want to end it all on this trip.

The story is told from Owen's point of view as he takes notes on what happens in the car, at the grave sites, in the hotels and everywhere else they go. The trip continues to get longer as they make lists of things they'd like to do before they die and seek out to do them. With each new turn in the book, you learn more about the characters and what has brought them to this point. 

They each struggle with not only who they are now but what has happened to them in the past. They share secrets with one another and face demons that have been torturing them since childhood. Every time I began to hope that they would realize they have so much to live for something would happen to make me doubt they'd ever truly want to live. 

Crash Into Me is an emotional novel that gives you a front row seat to the turmoil and heartbreak of these four suicidal teens in such a way that will keep you turning the page, even when you're not sure you really want to know how it ends. I really enjoyed Crash Into Me and am looking forward to more from author Albert Borris.

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This review is part of the Crash Into Me blog tour with the awesome ladies at The Teen {Book} Scene

Learn more about the author by checking out his website: Albert Borris

And be sure to check back on Saturday for my author interview with Albert and a giveaway of this book!

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2 comments:

  1. Cindy, This seems like an awesome book. I will have to add this to me TBR list. Thanks!

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  2. I really want to read this one. The summary really hooked me when I first read it.

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