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Crash into Me by Albert Borris

Crash into Me (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Albert Borris

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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 |
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 |
I loved this book because of the hope it brings. Four friends gather together for one last trip before they kill themselves. All of them stricken by some type of guilt or pain just want out of this world. During this trip they discover that there is much more to life.

Hope. I love this book. All four of them found each other with no one else to lean one, they found hope together in their unique friendship. During their trip, they visit graves of people who committed suicide as well as fulfilling their one last wish.

I loved that while reading this book you found yourself watching them find hope in the new found friendship. Little by little each of them let down their guard letting the others in to their world. We saw Owen whocarried an extreme amount of guilt for years. Frank who felt like no one was their him. Audrey who just wanted to get away. And Jin-Ae who had trouble being herself.

In the end they realized that they are not alone and always had each other. They also fell in love. And love made them see the world in a different place. They wanted to travel more and do things that they have never down before. Love and hope gave them a hunger for something they never though they have.

There was some sex(nothing graphic just talk of it), drugs, and of course illegal stuff.* ( )
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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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