Thursday, August 20, 2009

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Summary:

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.

Review:

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

Crash Into Me is now out!

* Much thanks goes to AK at S and S.

7 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I'm still going to decide whether or not I like Crash Into Me...it looked interesting, but now, I don't think so...anyway...Thanks again for it!!!!!!!!!! Merci! Salamat! Konichiwa! Gracias! Grazie! Thanks again!

    Reggie :-)

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  2. I just ordered a copy from Amazon last night, so I'll have to see what team I'm on: team teen authors or team bloggers. No offense, but I'm hoping team authors!

    Thanks for the review! :)

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  3. awesome review! i really need a second opinion.

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  4. I haven't read this yet, but I'm interested to see what I think of it. Like you said - it seems to have had a mixed response.

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  5. Aw man. I was hoping this would be better!

    -Briana

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  6. I also heard from other bloggers that even though the premise is good, the book isn't as cool. I still want to read it though.

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