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Crash into Me (original 2009; edition 2009)

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Title:Crash into Me
Authors:Albert Borris
Info:Simon Pulse (2009), Hardcover, 272 pages
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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. At the end of their trip, they plan on committing suicide together as a pack. The story explores suicide in a good way. Because even though it’s a story where death consumes the character’s attentions, CRASH INTO ME also reveals itself to be a story about life and why one chooses to live it.

Another thing I liked was that Mr. Borris could have easily descended into the darkness which lingers around such a topic, but CRASH INTO ME manages to explore suicide in a lighter tone that still balances the seriousness of the topic without being too dark or preachy. And thank God there is some humor in the book too!

One of the best books I’ve read this year. ( )
  dsolter | May 13, 2012 |
CRASH INTO ME is Albert Borris' first novel and he makes a splash with this open and honest portrayal of four teens contemplating suicide.

The story is told in varying formats: narrative, chatroom sessions, and the occasional pertinent list. The narrative moves the reader through the current events, the chat sessions offer a look at the characters before they began their fateful celebrity suicide-studded roadtrip, and the lists are a small offering of comic relief, albeit dark. Owen narrates, but still maintains his distance by keeping secrets from both the reader and his fellow characters.

The casual discussion of suicide and how each character would like to do the deed is both disturbing and compelling, but necessary. Those who contemplate or plan suicide aren't squeamish about the topic, not if they're serious like our four main characters are. As the novel progresses, the reader begins to see hints and flashes of what drives Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae to feel ending their lives is the only option, but Owen's motivations remain somewhat shadowed. It was this mystery that held my attention more than any other part of the novel.

Borris' debut manages to be raw, yet polished - a stunning effect. ( )
  thehidingspot | Mar 30, 2012 |
"Nothing like a four-way suicide pact to get you going in the morning."

Four suicidal teens meet online, drawn together by their disregard for life and (for some) repeated attempts at death. Owen, Jin-Aie, Frank and Audrey decide to meet in person, planning a celebrity suicide road trip ending in their group suicide at Death Valley in California. Along the way each member of their club, the Suicide Dogs, discovers more about their suicidal thoughts than some wanted to know - and about each other. With a violently catching beginning, this book is sure to ensnare teens who gravitate to the depressing books - yet the humor in Borris' writing will make this book a lighter read than anticipated.

Borris eloquently picks up on the many emotions, struggles, and difficulties of suicidal teens, providing real commentary and insight to the depressed teenage mind as well as the need for connection. Lacking chapters, the book divides itself with group-created Top Ten-Lists and group IM conversations provided by Owen, the narrator/navigator/chronicler of the trip. Through eloquent foreshadowing that may be more subtle to the teen reader, Borris clues readers in to the characters' wavering seriousness in the group pact. Powerfully absent from this troubling novel, however, is information on depression and suicide prevention for the teen who may have picked this book up to join the Suicide Dogs in Death Valley. ( )
  kaledrina | Jan 25, 2012 |
Four suicidal teenagers: Owen, Audrey, Frank, and Jin-Ae meet online after each person attempts suicide and fails. The four teens escape their ordinary lives to go on a summer road trip to visit the graves of celebrites that have committed suicide. They make a pact: they must end their lives at their final destination. They drive cross-country and start bonding; and almost become some sort of suicide family. They share secrets with each other, and become closer than they ever imagined; but they have to decide whether to stick to the pact or not.

The two most important characters, Owen and Audrey, seem more suicidal and depressed than Frank and Jin-ae. Owen is a shy teenager, who has tried to kill himself six times. He comes off as emotional, but he has reasons to be; and he has never had a girlfriend. When he meets Audrey though, a girl with an edge, a buzz cut, and a Nirvana obsession, he starts to develop feelings for her. As time passes, he finds himself lying next to her, telling her about the tragic accident that led to his brother's death, that he thinks was all his fault. They passionately kiss, and Owen finds himself falling in love.

I loved this book. Once I picked it up and started reading, I couldn't put it down. Albert Borris' writing really shows and explains how difficult it really can be for a teenager. It's sensational, breath-taking, and pure. Not only is it a novel about a group of suicidal teenagers, but it is a unique love story, and a story about a clique of adolescents that stick together to fight suicidality. There isn't one thing that I disliked about this book. It made me believe that love can appear anywhere, at any time, with any two, three, or even four people.

At the end of this book, the teens stay alive. Owen, the narrator of the story, realizes that he wants to live and enjoy life; despite his previous actions. All four teens decide to make a new pact: to LIVE. ( )
  ctmsolli | Nov 10, 2011 |
This was quite a good book, and teens will like it, especially troubled ones. Unfortunately however I guessed the surprise ending way ahead of time. It was fairly obvious. I HATE IT when that happens. ( )
  meggyweg | Apr 16, 2011 |
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Four suicidal teenagers go on a "celebrity suicide road trip," visiting the graves of famous people who have killed themselves, with the intention of ending their lives in Death Valley, California.

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