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 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. But will their cross country odyssey push them all the way over?
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Crash Into Me by Albert Borris. 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 As they drive cross-country, bonding over the Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die.
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.
Crash Into Me puts readers in the driver's seat with four teens teetering on the edge of suicide. But will their cross country odyssey push them all the way over? Only the final page turn will tell, in Albert Borris's finely-crafted tale of friendship forged from a desperate need of connection.
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Oct 31, Cory rated it did not like it. Warning: This morning I was feeling kind of bad because lately, I've given a lot of books really low ratings.
Then it came to me -- I didn't write these stupid books, why should I feel afraid to give my honest opinion? Therefore, if you like this book, I'll advise you not to read this review because I'm going to be as honest as I can. Crash into Me is the second book I've read that deals with teen suicide. The first was Thirteen Reasons Why. Crash into Me had potential, but ultimately it failed. It revolves around four teens who plan to commit suicide after taking a road trip across the USA to visit the graves of their favorite celebrities that committed suicide.
Their trip will end in Death Valley where they will end their lives. But come on, this is a YA. Would a YA author really advocate suicide as the answer to all of life's problems? And it isn't, but that's what makes this book predictable. Not a single kid dies. And that's not the only predictable thing about this book.
It gets worse. Every time the chat speak would come up, I'd skim until it was over. It read kind of like this: Audrey: i luv nirvana. Frank: im an alcoholic loser n i like sports a lot Then he tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a car.
That's pretty much Owen's personality right there. Yep, he doesn't have one. Owen's narration is kind of boring. There is no word to describe his personality. He has no hobbies. The only thing he likes to do is memorize statistics about suicide. Audrey is a compulsive liar, and she's obsessed with Nirvana -- well not really, just Kurt Cobain. Apparently, the rest of the band doesn't matter.
She's tried to kill herself by jumping off a building, and hitting herself over the head with a frying pan. She lied because she wanted to hang out with Frank, Jin-Ea, and Owen. She also lied about being molested by her father.
She's very unlikable, and her relationship with Owen is flat and boring. It's like Borris was trying to turn her into a manic-pixie like Alaska, from Looking for Alaska , but he failed because she was so annoying. She hates herself because she is a lesbian. I never for a second believed that she was actually gay. That might be because she lacks a personality outside of being Korean and smart, but truth be told, I think she was just pretending to be gay because she wanted to get on her parents nerves.
Her entire plot line revolves around being ashamed of gay. And she never accepts being gay. But she's my favorite character, which is kinda sad because her development is so poor. Frank is my least favorite character. He whines about being athletic, he whines about being an alcoholic, and he whines about how much he hates his father.
Out of everyone, I felt the least pity for him. Also, I suspect Frank, or the author, is somewhat racist. There were a few comments about black people in this book that rubbed me the wrong way. The Plot There is nothing more to the plot that isn't on the book jacket. The characters whine about how hard life is for hundred pages, they visit graves, they make-out, then they decide that life is worth living after all.
Nothing annoyed me more than when they started talking about their suicide attempts. None of them, except for Owen, had a justified reason for wanting to die. They wanted attention, nothing more. And Owen is a selfish jerk. Then Owen witnessed his father shoot himself in the head. Even though his mother is on anti-depressants and loves him like no tomorrow, Owen makes her suffer through his suicide attempts.
Later on, he even says that he didn't really want to die, so why does he put his mother through this sort of pain? That makes it really hard to sympathize with him. When you have me rooting for your characters to finish their suicide pledges, you know something is wrong. There are flawed realistic characters, and then there are whiny annoying characters. Also, I hate the way depression is glossed over. Apparently sex, alcohol, and drugs can cure anything!
The Writing Style Chat speak doesn't do it for me. Neither does spending an entire book in Owen's head. The Pretentiousness I hate when authors make their characters so special and so smart. Does the average teenager quote Hemingway and Sylvia Plath? Your characters act like morons, why are you trying to tell me they're geniuses?
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